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​Importance of Bedside Lighting

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A bedside table lamp is an essential item that every bedroom should possess. Instead of relying strictly on the overhead fixture for illumination, you can brighten the room from the comfort of your bed. This eliminates the possibility of stumbling around during the middle of the night in search of the light switch. But this is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the importance of bedside lighting.

Do you enjoy reading at night before you to sleep? This is a normal evening routine for many people, as it helps them relax and unwind. Using overhead lighting, however, may create a blinding glare that makes reading difficult, if not impossible to enjoy a bedtime book. Even if you install low-wattage bulbs, the position and angle of the fixture may create unbearable light for activities such as this. You can enjoy reading without the glare, however, by using a bedside table lamp. Instead of light being cast directly over you, the lamp will illuminate the surrounding space.

You might be surprised to learn that a bedside lamp can reduce your home's energy usage, and subsequently lower your utility bills. Large overhead lighting draws heavy amounts of power to maintain proper illumination. Bedside lamps, on the other hand, use minimal power since most models only have a single bulb.

And if you want to further boost the energy-efficiency of your table lamp, consider using a compact florescent (CFL) bulb instead of the traditional incandescents. They cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs, but they are more energy efficient and longer lasting.

A bedside lamp will also add decorative new element to your bedroom. Nightstands typically feature few, if any, decorative accessories. You can add some color and life to your nightstand, however, by placing a lamp on it. The right lamp will serve both aesthetic and functional purposes, offering both style and a source of illumination.

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Bedside Lamp:

  • Pay close attention to the height of a bedside lamp. When you're laying in bed, the lamp should be just slightly higher than your shoulders for maximum comfort.
  • How many bulbs does it use? Bedside lamps with two or more bulbs are great when you need extra illumination, but readers may find them overbearing.
  • Don't limit yourself to table lamps, as there are several other solutions for bedside lighting. Wall lamps offer a brilliant appearance without taking up the limited space on a nightstand. The only downside is that you won't be able to easily move them around.
  • Another stylish bedside lighting option is pendant lighting. As the name suggests, this type of lighting features a hanging pendant-like fixture.
  • Familiarize yourself with the lamp's features, including its on/off function, before buying.
  • Bedside lamps with opaque shades are a popular choice due to their natural ability to cut glare.