In Search Of – Swag Lights


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Popular in the 60s and 70s, swag lamps are a retro way to light a room. Photo:

Popular in the 1960s and 1970s, swag lamps are making a comeback. Photo:

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “swag lights” and we’ve got loads of them.

We love retro lighting, especially the funky 1970s look of a hanging swag lamp. Effortlessly cool and casual, swag lights are easy to install because of the chain that allows you to hang the wiring from the ceiling. Read on to see swag lamps in all shapes and colors available on Krrb!

Set of Colored Glass Lamps in Manhattan, New York



This set of swag lamps includes red crackle, amber, and green glass. Group the three and hang them near a comfy reading chair.

Find them on Michammon‘s Corner. $60 each.

Mid-Century Cylindrical Swag Lights in Los Angeles, California



These simple and classic white swag lamps would look perfect glowing over a dining table.

Find them on Brainworks Home‘s Corner. $175 each pair.

Spanish Revival Globe Lights in Los Angeles, California



This pair of Spanish-inspired lights hang from brass wall mounts and are fully adjustable.

Find them on Brainworks Home‘s Corner. $185.

1960s Green Glass Swag Lamp in San Francisco, California



This lamp, the ultimate retro piece, creates a funky focal point. Hang it in a nook of your home to cast a soft green glow that fills the corner.

Find it on Storyteller’s Vintage‘s Corner. $128.

Orange Ceramic Lamp Set in Los Angeles, California



We love the pop of orange in this groovy lamp set. Yeah, we said groovy.
Find it on Robert‘s Corner. $575 for set that includes both a hanging and table lamp.

Nautical Hanging Lamp in Brooklyn, New York



The clean design of this nautical-themed lamp offers ambient light. We love that it’s handcrafted with hand-tied ropes and clear acrylic.

Find it on Nikkuudesign‘s Corner. $200.

  • Angelique Hemmer

    Lol, I got 3 of the vintage spanish-themed ones (they were on a suspension pole) for $15.I keep picking these things up (i have a huge Moroccan brass one and hollywood glam one too), but have no place for them anymore, but I love them!

  • Gayle

    I love the top picture with the lunchboxes!

  • CJ Lotz

    It would be neat to transform an old table lamp to a “swingin'” swag lamp. Just get new wiring and hang it up!

  • CJ Lotz

    Yes! I should look to see what paper lanterns we have available. I’m also a big fan of their shapes and price!

  • I love these lamps, I’ve always used this ‘method’ to realign lamps but I’ve never used it as a full on style choice. Kind of love it. Swingin’!

  • Exactly true Meegan about apartments, that’s why I love swag lights so much! I like a lot of the designs that were posted. I absolutely love paper lanterns too, cheap design on a dime :)

  • CJ Lotz

    That could be a neat project–a little less nautical and a little more cottage/woodsy. Worth a try!

  • CJ Lotz

    I love the soft light they cast in small places. I agree, they’re a favorite!

  • CJ Lotz

    A Moroccan-themed room sounds fabulous. Good luck hunting!

  • CJ Lotz

    Best of luck with the search. You can check out for a few, or hit up a local thrift store!

  • I’d like to try the nautical ones, but I’d use mason jars as the globes.

  • Thomas

    Exactly. Swag lights are perfect for apartment living. And super cute and cheap as well. One of my favorite decorating pieces!

  • Rachel Morrell

    This makes me want to update my light fixtures! I’m in love with that green glass swag lamp! Our living room is moroccan themed and I think that would totally fit our style! I may just need to dig through krrb listings for a gem like that! :-)

  • I love the look of swag lamps and the fact that I can install them in my rental apartment! Ikea used to carry a swag-lamp type set up but last time I went I couldn’t find any. Time to go on a vintage hunt for the perfect one!