Table Lamp Comparison
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Table Lamp Buying Guide
Basic Placement Tips
There are some things you want to keep in mind when it comes to decorating your home with table lamps. These placement tips will give you some guidelines on where to place your lamps for the best results.
- If you want to get rid of the shadows and dark areas in a room, use several lamps that are placed around the room in different places. End tables and side tables are two of the most common places to set up lamps. Make sure that the lamps match the tone of the room in terms of style, color and size so the lamps fit in to the rest of the room’s decorating theme.
- If your table lamp is to be used as a reading lamp, you will want to place it close to your shoulder. The bottom of the lamp shade needs to be even with your head. If the table lamp is tall, it should be about two feet away from where you sit to read.
- If your table lamp is a desk lamp, it needs to illuminate the desk sufficiently so you can work, even at night and have plenty of light on the surface of the desk.
- The main thing to remember with a table lamp is that it should be no more than 3 feet away from whatever area you are trying to light. This is also why having multiple lamps in a larger room is a good idea since one lamp doesn’t always do well lighting a whole room.
Considerations for purchasing a Table Lamp
The following points are things you need to take into consideration when you are looking for the right table lamps for your home.
- What size room are you placing a table lamp? – You want to keep the size of your table lamp in line with the size of the room you are placing it into. If the room is larger than 16’ x 20 and has 10’ ceilings, you will want to consider a taller lamp that is taller than 30”. If you’re lighting a smaller room such as a den, bedroom or rec room with a lower ceiling, lamps that are 20” to 26” will work well. You don’t want to place a short table lamp in a large room or it can look odd and not provide a sufficient amount of light.
- How big is the table you are placing the lamp on? – Again you need to look at proportions. You don’t want to choose a large table lamp for a small table so the lamps take up all the space. Nor do you want to choose a tiny lamp that is dwarfed by the table you are setting it on. Proportion is an important factor in making the room look well balanced and also for providing the right amount of light for the circumstances.
- Look at the decorating style or theme of the room – You don’t want to choose a table lamp or lamps that completely clashes with the style or décor of the room it is going into. You want to have the table lamps enhance the look of the room not look odd and out of place.
- Quality is important – You want to always look for quality in anything you purchase. Table lamps are no different so look for well made lamps that have good craftsmanship and materials. Looks are important, but choosing a lamp that is well made and long lasting means you’ll have that lamp for a long time to come.
- Lamp Shade Design and Material – Lamp shades are the finishing part of a table lamp. You want to be sure that you match the lamp shade to the needs and function of the lamp. If you are using the table lamp to read, you don’t want a lamp that has a dense, heavy shade that blocks a lot of light. If decoration is your main objective, you can choose simply based on the look of the shade and not worry so much about the amount of light it brings into the room.
Types of Table Lamps
There are many different types of table lamps available for you to choose from. They differ in size, type of bulb, height, design, color and more. We’ve listed the most common types of table lamps.
- Tiffany Style – Tiffany lamps are works of art. A true Tiffany lamp is going to be an investment but there are many tiffany style lamps available that utilize the same type of construction but are much lower in price. Tiffany style lamps can vary significantly in color and design. The light from the lamp filters through the glass shade and can create quite a few different looks.
- Glass/Crystal – Glass or crystal table lamps also provide plenty of light to the area they are placed in and most will have some amount of filtering through the body of the lamp simply due to the design of the lamp. They can be simply designed or very intricate depending on your preferences. Glass and crystal lamps come in all sizes and designs, from etched glass to intricate cut crystal designs.
- Wrought Iron/Metal – There is some beautiful, sculpture like table lamps that are made out of wrought iron. It goes well with a country style theme or some other type of design that utilizes a lot of iron and more dramatic styling. Stainless steel is another metal that is common, especially when it comes to more modern designs. It is sleep, simple and still functional and stylish as well.
- Wood – Many table lamps are made of wood in various forms. Wood bases are simple and go with many different design types. They can also be intricate and carved masterpieces as well, depending on what you are looking for. There is a lot of variety that can go into a wood table lamp design.
- Light Source – Depending on the type of table lamp you purchase, you may need to get a certain type of bulb or certain wattage as well. This will be listed on the lamp that you choose. Some allow incandescent to be switched out with environmentally conscious designs like CFLs and others will have to be more specific. The information on which type of light source to use will be on your lamp’s description and/or packaging.
- Style – Table lamps will be the center of attention in most cases. Take the time to choose the right one for the room you are placing it into, including colors, designs, shapes, and other factors to make it something that stands out in a classy way not something where people are wondering why you have that lamp in the room.
- UpKeep – You will want to keep up with the maintenance of your table lamp, mainly cleaning. Make sure that you read the instructions on how to keep the lamp clean and how to clean it if it does need it. Never immerse a lamp in water.
Choosing the right table lamp for your room or rooms takes a little bit of planning and research but there are some beautiful styles and themes available that can make a real statement in the rooms you are decorating. With so many styles to choose from, you will be able to really show your own personality and find table lamps that compliment each room you are placing them into. With all of these choices available, you will be able to have fun searching and will know the important factors to look for.