Choosing The Right Reading Lamps
Reading lamps are lamps which have been designed specifically for reading, to make reading easier and more comfortable while reducing eye strain. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding on the best kind of reading lamps. The first and primary consideration is selecting a fixture that will provide the right amount of illumination. The rooms in your home where you do most of your reading should have lighting that illuminates the area in a general way that makes the room feel attractive and inviting. Where possible, combine general light with directed or task lighting. The lamp selected for reading should be considered supplemental and an addition to the general lighting used in the room. Glare is another major consideration when using a reading light. With a gooseneck lamp, position the bottom of the shade at eye level to avoid glare. The gooseneck lamps makes it easy to adjust the height of the light source depending on the size of the person using it.
Many sleeping areas use reading lamps. Use a small table lamp positioned on your side of the bed making sure that the shade is low enough to avoid glare, use lamps that are attached to a mechanism that can be swung into just the right position over the reader (a variation on the gooseneck lamp), use a floor lamp with three-way bulbs to decrease the intensity of the illumination and finally, position a fixture on the wall directly above the reader that will cast only enough light to illuminate the book or other reading material.