The 50s were considered the prime time of swag lamps, but they didn't get their top popularity until the 70s. Basically, there was almost no kitchen or house corner without one or more swag lamps hanging over. When plastic became part of all industrial manufacturing sectors, it is easy to understand why swag lamps were both easy to produce and maintain, and plastic was the major primary matter they have been made of ever since. The name of “swag lamps” comes from the hanging technique by means of two hooks with a “swag” in between. This model came to replace other popular kinds of lighting systems that were used in mid 20th century.
Why are swag lamps still held in high esteem? Well, if we think in terms of both functionality and artistic presence, they are designed according to both these two coordinates, as they provide either task or general lighting. Swag lamps are often favored before regular table lamps, given the fact that they do not occupy any space, while still ensuring quality illumination conditions. Thus they can be perfectly used over a game table, above a kitchen island or even hanging above the desk.
The wide range of swag lamps available on the market allows the proper choice of any model or design you'd like that fits well with the rest of your decor. Most of the online shops provide great selection criteria for hanging lamps that match one's expectations in terms of size and price. The bathroom for instance could be a house area where one would be surprised to find swag lamps; yet, it is often the case that you don't want to have all sorts of wires and light fixtures installed in the ceiling of your bathroom, and the reasons are obvious: heat and advanced humidity conditions.
But with swag lamps for bathroom use, you won't need more than two screws in the ceiling to have it installed. Swag lamps are very similar to pendant fixtures, but they rely on a long cord with a chain around it; installation is more than basic and home improvement stores usually sell complete kits that include even the self explanatory instructions that anyone can use without having any electrical knowledge at all. Regardless of the place you choose to install the lamp, it is good to keep it away from moisture, heat and steam; nevertheless, such general rules apply to all electric features not just to those of swag lamps.