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A candle shade softens and distributes the light from candles or, more often, from electric lamps. Candle shades are usually translucent rather than simply transparent, and add their own accents to the light and ambience of a room.

Candle shades come in a wide variety of colours, designs, and materials. Materials are usually cloth, paper, or plastic, but candle shades made of glass are also common. A beautifully decorated candle shade gives a room a special touch.