Creating a cosy reading corner doesn’t require much: a warm blanket, a cushion or two, and a good reading lamp can transform the dullest of spaces into your favourite Sunday afternoon nook. Especially in the short days of winter, the warm pools of light from a pretty reading lamp can make you feel comfortable and at home. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect reading lamp for (almost) every room in the home.
How strong should a your living room lamp be?
A 40- to 60-watt bulb is the perfect strength for a reading lamp. Less, and your eyes will become fatigued; anything stronger will create glare that causes you to squint.
Tips for choosing…
Living room lamps for reading
Table lamps are particularly suitable for reading because they create soft pools of light below and above the shade. Place one on your bedside table or next to your reading chair – it should be in close vicinity to your sofa or bed.
Tip: When you’re snuggling up in bed to read, the bottom of the lamp shade should be slightly below your eye level, or around 40 centimetres higher than the top of the mattress. This is of course if you’re accustomed to reading sitting up in bed. If you like to read lying down, you’ll need something slightly lower.
Minimalist pendant lamps, although trendy and appealingly simple, are only good for reading with an opaque shade (made of metal is best) or with a filament light bulb. If they are within your line of peripheral vision or have an exposed, non-filament light bulb, they will shine into your eyes and create glare, making it difficult to read.
BRIELLE TABLE LAMP
SKARO PENDANT LAMP
AUBE TABLE LAMP
KOGE MAGNETIC WALL LAMP
ROYAN TABLE LAMP
Living room lamps that double as study lamps
If you’re looking for living room lighting that doubles as work light, you can’t go past a short desk-style lamp; that is, one whose shade hangs slightly over a heavy base thanks to an arched arm.
This type of lamp is ideal for reading because you can position the shade between your head and the page, thereby preventing shadows. But because it can be adjusted and easily moved, can also provide ambient lighting when you’re not at your desk. A lamp with an opaque shade cuts out glare and help focus the light on your book without shining in your eyes.
NORHA TABLE LAMP
VENO TABLE LAMP
ANHOLT TABLE LAMP
Living room lamps for your reading corner
Like for the bedroom, table lamps are suitable for reading when placed next to an armchair or sofa, but another good option – particularly if you’re tight on space – is a floor lamp.
Floor lamps can make excellent alternatives because they don’t require a side table (taking up less space), and can double as overhead lighting. Be sure to choose a design with an adjustable or tiltable shade, though, so you can direct the light towards your page, slightly to the side of your head to prevent shadows.
Floor lamps are totally at home in the living room because they naturally and easily create separate seating areas. In addition, an oversized or particularly tall design will give height to your furniture, and make your room look bigger and airier.
ROSLEV FLOOR LAMP
HOVEN FLOOR LAMP
KOGE FLOOR LAMP
SKARO FLOOR LAMP
THORSO FLOOR LAMP
Buying living room lamps online
Lamps are more than just practical items – they should complement your décor and shine during the day, as well as at night! Think outside of the box when it comes to materials. Wood, brass, ceramic, or even marble can all be used to make table and floor lamps – think about what would work well in your décor.
Whatever lamp you select, make sure that it complies with strict manufacturing standards for safety, and has been tested with the maximum wattage bulb. Like a good book, your lighting should pass the test of time.