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FAQ About Table Lamps

A table lamp's ability to create light is very practical (because trying to read a book in the dark is kind of annoying), but table lamps are good for more than just illumination. Read on for answers to some common questions so you can choose the perfect table lamp or desk lamp for the light-starved places in your home.

What should I keep in mind when shopping for a table lamp?

Here are a few factors to consider:


Take a look at the size of the space where the lamp is going to live. Table lamps are available in a wide variety of sizes so you'll want to choose a model that fits in nicely, both in terms of shape and overall size.


What do you want the lamp to do? Do you need some desk illumination so you can get some work done? Are you looking for an accent lamp to enhance the dining room's décor? Do you want a lamp on your nightstand so you can read before settling down for the night? Once you've got the purpose figured out you'll have a better sense of what type of lamp to look for.

Amount of illumination

Some lamps are designed to create an intimate, cozy ambiance while others are basically bright mini spotlights with the light output of a small sun. Think about how much light you need and what you'll be doing with that light, i.e. reading a book vs. having just enough light to avoid tripping over stuff.

What other factors should I keep in mind when buying a table lamp?

Lots of lamps come with shades. These shades can be practical (regulating the amount of light) or decorative. Some lamps can be outfitted with detachable shades so you can swap them out when your mood changes.

If you choose the right light bulbs you can end up saving some money on your utility bills. CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, and halogen bulbs all offer varying degrees of energy efficiency. Before you buy an extra bulb for your LED lamp, CFL lamp, or halogen lamp make sure to consult the manufacturer's instructions and check for compatibility.

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