How To Choose The Right Bedside Lamps For Your Bedroom
Never underestimate how important a good lighting scheme is - it can completely transform the look and ambience of a room, turning it from gloomy and cold to welcoming and cosy. Today’s bedrooms have become multi-functional rooms, which can make creating the right atmosphere slightly difficult. As homes decrease in square feet, the bedroom - like many rooms - has become a place of compromise. Choosing the perfect bedside lamp can be hard.
The size of the bedroom and the location of the power outlet determine which lights work well. A large room needs a bedside lamp that can project enough light to read and provide ambient light. The light matching lamp can be placed on the dressing table or on the dressing table for indoor lighting. When direct overall lighting is required, the ceiling lamp/fan combination works on the remote control, including the dimmer, which is very useful.
Bedside Lamp Size
With the height of the bedside lamp determined, you need to turn your attention to its size. Buy a table lamp after you have bought your bed and bedside tables — not the other way round.
Consider the surface area of your bedside table — if you want space for a book and a drink, for example, choosing a bedside lamp with a base that takes up most of the table top is not practical.
Small rooms and dainty bedside tables benefit from leaner, more elegant styles of table lamp, with narrow shades — or wall-mounted bedside lamps that are adjustable.
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How Tall Should Your Lamp Be?
Choosing the right height lamp is especially important if you are a bedtime reader. You don’t want the light to be shining over your head, nor do you want it right in your eyes. Assuming that your nightstand is the same height as your mattress (or within a couple of inches), look for a lamp the same height as your nightstand plus an extra two or three inches. So if your nightstand is 24 inches high, a lamp that is around 27 inches tall will look best.
The placement of the lamp switch is also an issue. You don’t want to have to get out of bed to turn your lamp on or off or risk hurting your back—or falling out of bed entirely—to reach the switch. The ideal height for the lamp’s switch is around the same length as your arm, anywhere between 21 and 28 inches for most people. Of course, most convenient of all is a bedside lamp with the on/off switch right on the cord.
Choose the Lampshade
The right size lampshade balances the lamp. Generally, the height of the lampshade should be approximately two-thirds the height of the lamp’s body, measuring from the bottom of the lamp to the base of the light bulb. The width of the lampshade should be approximately twice the width of the widest part of the lamp. If you have a very thin lamp, choose a lampshade that is no wider than the height of the shade. For the best bedtime reading, the base of the lampshade should be roughly level with your eyes while sitting up in bed.
Height: 2/3 the height of the lamp.
Width: Twice the width of the lamp.
White or off-white lampshades let the most light through, but colored lampshades are a great way to add an accent to your décor. As for the shape, drum shades are the current trend, but you can't go wrong by matching the shape of the lampshade to the shape of the lamp.
Styles of Table Lamp
There is an enormous range of table lamps out there, so much so that it can be hard to know where to begin. As long as your bedside lamps are in keeping with the rest of your bedroom’s décor, the color and style are up to you. Spice up a contemporary bedroom with a sleek glass or chrome lamp, or pick a traditional ginger jar lamp for a country bedroom. Have some fun with a lamp shaped or decorated in a motif typical for your decorating style: anchor or seashell in a coastal-style room, palm tree in a tropical room, wine or grapes in a Tuscan-themed room, etc. Think of your bedside lamp as a powerful accent in your bedroom, and choose accordingly.