Buffet lamps are often used at parties to illuminate the tables they serve. They are recognizable by their long and narrow necks and small shades that are designed to focus light down to the desired location. These lamps are designed to save space on the table and at the same time providing enough light for people serving themselves can easily see what they are taking the food dishes.
Buffet lamps are also often used in small tables, as end tables and coffee tables. They provide low-level lighting which is great for small rooms or small areas of lighting, such as a desk, cabinet or corner of the room, which requires a little more light. Buffet lamps, with its low-level light also make good lamps for other purposes for reading or night lights.
Buffet lamps can be used for soft lighting, such as in restaurants, where direct lighting can be kept dim to add a romantic element to the environment. Buffet lamps are often quite elegantly designed, which also contributes to the climate of this type of lighting. Colored bulbs can be used with these lamps also add ambiance for a party or event.