How to Choose a Bedside Lamp

Bedtime stories shouldn’t stop just because you grow up. Reading before you go to sleep is a great way to unwind from the day by escaping into a good novel or inspirational piece of non-fiction. In addition to a good book, having the right lamp is instrumental. You need it to provide the right amount of light at the right level so you don’t strain your eyes.

Here are five things to keep in mind when choosing lamps for your bedroom:

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1. Think about height. Choose a lamp that puts the base of its shade at about your chin level while sitting in bed, so it properly illuminates the pages of your book. If the light is too high it will create glare and that can be difficult on your eyes.

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2. Consider table lamps and wall-mounted lights. From a decorative standpoint, table lamps offer the widest range of options, and they’re a great choice if your nightstand has ample room. Look for wall-mounted lights if you’re short on space or want a streamlined look.

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 33. Or pick a pendant light. Pendant lights can add a sense of drama to your room. Hang them on either side of your bed at the height that is chin level for you when you’re sitting in bed. Look for styles that gently diffuse light rather than simply provide a spotlight directly below.

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4. Pick the right shade. Look for opaque shades because they cut glare. You want to have just enough light to read but not so much that you disturb your partner or cause eyestrain.

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5. Look for the switch. Choose lighting that is easily turned on and off when you’re in bed. You don’t want to have to strain to find the switch when you’re ready to go to sleep. And having a lamp that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system means you’ll need to get in and out of bed to turn it on and off.


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