The Proper And Optimal Reading Lamps
Reading in improper lighting can give you headaches, cause your eyes to feel strained, and even cause vision to deteriorate. Harsh lighting, such as fluorescent lighting, causes some people to suffer from migraines. These problems can get worse over time. Using proper and optimal reading lamps will help you to read more comfortably. Reading lamps are lamps which have been designed specifically for reading, to make reading easier and more comfortable while reducing eye strain. These lamps can also be used more generally for task lighting at a desk or workbench, since the same traits needed in a task light are present in a reading lamp. Many home supply and lighting stores carry reading lamps, along with lighting products which can be used for reading. When people read, they are best served by bright, indirect light with minimal glare. Many reading lamps are designed with flexible necks so that the lamp can be adjusted to achieve the perfect angle, casting the reading area into bright light without creating shadows or causing glare. Reading lamps also tend to have shades which direct and focus the light into a small zone which will be brightly lit for reading.
In addition to using a reading lamp, it is also a good idea to have other lights on in the room as well. A room with a great deal of contrast will strain the eyes every time the reader looks up, as the eyes will try to adjust to the difference. It is better to have a medium light level throughout the room, and a high light level around the reading area. Reading lamps must also be positioned carefully to ensure that they do not reflect from objects like mirrors, pictures, and highly-polished furniture in the room.