Is LED Lamp Good For Reading?
A big question for many people who are considering buying LED light bulbs is how effective and comfortable they are to read with. The truth is that LED lights are directional, which means that they are excellent for use as reading lights. Further, it is important to note that since LED lights are directional, they can be used in a number of applications where reading capabilities are important, such as when you want to use them in a reading lamp, under a counter, or a shelf. On the other hand, this difference makes them a less than ideal choice for a table lamp, which will allow a bulb that is directional to shine equally all around the diameter of the lamp.
Some of the newer LED light bulbs come with diffusers, which helps with this problem but does not entirely eliminate it. If your primary concern is over your ability to read, choosing an LED light bulb is an excellent choice. You will have an economic alternative to traditional bulbs, as well as having a light that you can read with that won’t produce eye strain or any other of the usual problems associated with lighting for reading.
Was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss?
Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. Reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging. However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects such as headaches or eye strain as well as make reading more enjoyable.
The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.
How to choose a best lamp for reading?
Light temperature: if you’re reading for enjoyment or relaxation purposes, choose a yellow light. If you’re reading for study or work-related purposes, choose a white light.
Light intensity: A bulb that is too dull will cause eyestrain, as you will struggle to focus on the words you’re reading. Conversely, a bulb that is too bright will be too harsh, which can impede concentration. For reading, I recommend bulbs that are around 450 lumens. This is equivalent to 50 watts.
Light position: Our eyes are more comfortable when exposed to layers of light, rather than one harsh source. In addition to general overhead lighting, you should use a more focused form of light when reading. This lamp should be positioned close by, perhaps on a bedside table, and it should be adjustable.
Light distribution: Most LEDs are directional, which means they emit light in a specific direction. This allows light to accurately be cast on your book without disturbing anyone else.
Light sensitivity: If you suffer from light sensitivity you should consider using organic LEDs. OLEDs produce light using 6 layers and reduce the number of headaches and migraines with this type of light compared to normal LEDs.
But the final arbiter of what makes a good reading lamp doesn't have to be an architect or lighting consultant.
''Your eyes,'' Dr. Friedman says, ''will tell you what they want. If the light isn't comfortable, they will show signs of fatigue, like burning, redness, brow ache, headache and squinting.''