Choosing The Right Reading Lamps

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.

Floor Black Reading Lamp Behind Butterfly Chair

Floor Black Reading Lamp Behind Butterfly Chair

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 Space With Floor Lamp And Mid Century Furniture

Reading Space With Floor Lamp And Mid Century Furniture

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.

Tufted Chair And Floor Reading Lamp

Tufted Chair And Floor Reading Lamp

There are a number of different styles of reading lamps.

Tufted Chair With Ottoman And Reading Lamp

Tufted Chair With Ottoman And Reading Lamp

When positioning reading lamps, people should sit in the area where they will be reading with a book and maneuver the light until it casts a bright, even light across the book.

Desk With Swing Arm Reading Lamp

Desk With Swing Arm Reading Lamp

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.

Reading Space With Reading Lamp And Upholstered Chair

Reading Space With Reading Lamp And Upholstered Chair

In addition to using a reading lamp, it is also a good idea to have other lights on in the room as well.

Bedroom With Copper Reading Lamps

Bedroom With Copper Reading Lamps

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.

Floor Reading Lamp In The Living Room

Floor Reading Lamp In The Living Room

Reading lights also tend to have shades which direct and focus the light into a small zone which will be brightly lit for reading.

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