What criteria do you set for buying lamps? If you are like me, you want them to be pretty. And any other thing to be considered is so far down on the list. However, lamps do so much more than look pretty. They are helpers, mood setters, guides, pathfinders and more! So let’s spend a little time today discussing the right lamp for the right job!
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There are many ways to light up your home… overhead, cans, lamps galore! But today let’s talk about my favorite kind… lamps!
Lamps should not only illuminate your rooms but also layer light just like we layer decor. Did you know that not every corner of every room needs to be lit? And if our rooms are entirely lit up they often seem harsh?
Lamps should shed light on a reading or task area, light general areas, be bright especially where we need to see to walk and add warmth to a room. I love lamps. They are such an important accessory in a room. But they are not just a something pretty to put in a room… they are essential to comfortable living!
Today, I’m sharing about 3 of my favorite lamps. Task lighting, table lamps, and floor lamps. They all have different purposes and should be a part of every home!
Know the purpose for the table or floor lamp you might choose.
Task lights illuminate a specific task. They direct the right amount of light where you are working. Reading, computer work, hand sewing, writing, and crafting are all examples of work that need task lamps. If your eyes get tired when doing up close work you might have the wrong lighting!
Here’s what to look for in task lighting…
- an adjustable head
- various lamp wattage
- height (the taller a task light is the more area it lights up)
- design… lamps must look great and fit into our decor!
Most of us think about using lamps for general lighting. Lamps for general lighting should be layered with other kinds of light in a room. A lamp simply washes an area with light. When you think of general lighting, think of a nice table lamp. Sometimes there is some crossover and a table lamp can double as a task light too.
The lightbulb, lampshade, and position of the lamp are all very important things to consider when looking for a lamp that illumines part of a room!
It’s a good idea to put lamps on a dimmer or use a lamp that can handle various wattage!
I have a few of my own rules for general lamp lighting…
- the lamp must be stylish and work with my home
- pay attention to lampshades. A lampshade should cover the throat of the lightbulb in it and affects light diffusion
- bigger is better
Floor lamps are a great option to light up a dark corner, use as task lighting and add another layer of light to a room. I love their look and how they add style and panache to the decor in my home.
Size is important when thinking about buying a floor lamp. Does your room have room for it? That is a question to first ask yourself. Also, floor lamps should be tucked away in a place out of direct traffic. You don’t want them to get knocked over.
Floor lamps are a great option for putting behind a sofa, in a corner or near a chair that does not have a table. Think about areas in your home that could use more light, would a floor lamp work?
Buying a lamp is so much more than finding one that looks fabulous. Make sure it’s part of an overall plan to bathe your room in layers of light!
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