Lighting Considerations with Table Lamps
Table lamps are not just for providing a secondary lighting source; they can also be a decorative accessory. By careful selection of the height, style and shade colour they can add accent colours to any room.
Table lamps have the ability to give any room warmth by providing pools of light in any area you choose, either for effect or for use when performing tasks such as reading. They can also create a depth and ambient glow in any room. In short, they can be sexy.
As always, size and proportion are important. A table lamp of the correct height should have the bottom of the shade at or below eye level to avoid unwanted glare from the bare bulb when viewed. This is easy to check before you make your choice by sitting close to where it will be placed and measuring the height to your eye level. Our ceramic, glass and crystal table lamps tend to be larger and of the correct proportion for most living rooms.
Table lamps placed in pairs on either side of a bed, fireplace or alcove can look particularly stunning, whilst creating balance and depth. Bedside table lamps are usually smaller in size than other types but they should also be considered for use in hallways and smaller rooms.
Desk and bankers lamps are not just attractive and decorative but also excellent for performing tasks or for reading. They have the added advantage of directing the light downwards creating a very soft glow in the surrounding area. They are a great choice for the home office or for undertaking tasks such as sewing, knitting or model making.
Use an adjustable directional desk lamp at your computer workstation to illuminate the keyboard and the area directly in front of you. This will illuminate shadows created by the monitor, make it far easier to read any documents and help you avoid eyestrain and shadows.
If you are using a desk lamp for fine craftwork such as sewing, embroidery, drawing or homework, then a daylight bulb is an excellent choice. Daylight bulbs are often called craft lamps for good reason, as they reproduce noon daylight and give exceptional contrast and rendition.
If you require any further help or advice on table lamps, please contact us for friendly, honest and down to earth advice.