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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Lighting In Your Home

Many of us have that thing that we are drawn to “collecting” without even realizing it.  For some it is just one more piece of pottery or for others it may be just one more piece of original art.  My weakness?  That would be lamps.  I have more table lamps than I will ever need!  I seem to be drawn to lamps with interesting textures that I might not have in my room such as an architectural metal, stone or wooden table lamp.  For example, at eyedia right now we have a table lamp that is made of natural colored twigs with a burlap shade.  Love that one!

There is nothing in my opinion that takes the place of well-balanced task lighting (table and floor lamps).  Just as seating and surface placement are essential to living well in your space so is your lighting.  Many times I choose the soft light of a table lamp over other options.  For instance, in my kitchen I have recessed task lighting in my ceiling that is great for when I am cooking.  However, when I entertain I usually choose to light my favorite metal lamp that is placed on an old oak workbench.  It provides a glow in the room combined with candles lit on my table.

If you are in the market for a table lamp here are 5 tips I give customers:

  1. Look around your room in daylight and in the evening to see if you currently have light where you need it. There may be ambient light (ceiling fixtures), however, that does not take the place of task lighting.
  2. The easiest way to determine how tall a lamp should be is to make sure that the bottom of the shade is around eye level. If the table lamp is too tall you will end up looking right into a bulb.  Sometimes the lamp is fine but the shade sits just a bit too high.  In that situation all you need to do is change the harp.
  3. If you are in need of table lamps on either side of a bed or sofa the lamps should be at the same height. They do not have to match necessarily but they do need to be at the same level.  Sometimes it is easier to select a matching pair of table lamps instead of going to the trouble of trying to even them up.
  4. Where space is limited a floor lamp could fit the bill. I love the look of two matching floor lamps on either side of a sofa.
  5. If your lamp needs a new shade for reading it is best to select one that has a larger bottom than the top. Barrel shades, which are very popular right now, divide the light between task light and reflecting light off the ceiling.

eyedia always has a wide variety of table lamps to choose from whether consigned or new.  Table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps, or small accent lamps just to name several.  We have just received a shipment of new table lamps.  Many are in pairs.  Come in and check them out.  You might just find your inspiration piece!

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