Are paper lamp shades dangerous?
Accordingly, can paper catch fire from a light bulb?
If an incandescent bulb does not have adequate clearance for the heat to dissipate a fire can result from radiant heat. Tests we have conducted indicate that paper wrapped around a 100 watt incandescent bulb will ignite in about 6 minutes. The resulting fire caused enough damage that the gym required demolition.
Considering this, can lamp shades catch fire?
Lamps, especially halogen lamps, can give off enough heat to ignite flammable objects. Be sure your lamps have fire-resistant lampshades and are a safe distance from flammable objects. Other experts recommend using antique lamps and shades for decoration only or with very low-wattage, low-heat light bulbs.
Are IKEA paper lamp shades safe and not fire hazards? Matthew Lohden, Still figuring out what it's all about. If they are UL labeled then they are probably safe. You could also use LED lamps which make so little heat they won't ignite anything.