With a lot of lamps available in the market, you will surely have no problem looking for the right one. But because of the vast choices, it might also be confusing and overwhelming for you.
Choosing the right lighting for your space can be tricky if you do not know the difference between what you really need vs what you want. Luckily, your needs and wants might be found in the same product these days. All you need is a little patience and less impulsive buying (or clicking if you are doing your shopping online).
Let us break down for you the different most common types of lamps available in the market, their uses, and sizes to help you choose the right one for your space.
Floor lamps are tall stand-alone lamps that you can move around your space as long as it is near an outlet. It usually provides more light compared to a table or desk lamp and more stylish. They are usually positioned to a corner of a room, beside a chair, or in your reading nook to provide more light.
This type of lamp doesn't need a professional electrician to be installed. Also, there are various types and styles of floor lamps available in the market. So, you can be sure that you can find the best style for what you need in your space. Here are some tips to help you place your floor lamps.
Floor lamps are not all the same. Each has specific functions and here are the 3 main purposes of using floor lamps:
If you are looking for a floor lamp to be used to provide ambient lighting, you should look for standing lamps that reflect the light off the ceiling or with a shade that diffuses the light. This type of floor lamp should be positioned at the corners or edges of the room.
There are certain tasks in our homes where we need help when it comes to lighting but not all the time, like reading. Choosing a floor lamp with a local-focused light or spotlights can be helpful. For this task, floor lamps are usually placed beside or behind a seat or sofa.
If you are looking for a more decorative rather than functional floor lamp, you can go for traditional lamps. They are the ones with shades. Don't worry, they are not boring. A lot of traditional floor lamps come with various stylish shades made from different materials like glass, fabric, and more.
Also, you also need to consider the poles of the lamps. You might want to consider choosing floor lamps with intricately detailed poles.
Table lamps are typically 24" to 36" in height which is the perfect size to be put on a table, chair, or desk. It a usual go-to because of its practicality and functionality. You can use it as decor and as a reading light. If you are looking for a light that you can put almost anywhere, easy to install and create a nice soothing ambiance in your home, table lamps might be the one for you.
Desk and table lamps are very confusing. Basically, table lamps are more often used for ambient lighting while desk lamps provide more of a task lighting. Table lamps usually have shade while desk lamps have spotlight style.
This type of lamp is great for studying or work to avoid eyestrain.
Basically, piano lamps are used to help you see the keys on your piano. They are commonly used when the area you are playing is a bit dark or the lighting is dim. One of the best designers and manufacturers of piano lamps is the House of Troy.
If you are a huge art fan and owns a couple of paintings yourself, you will probably need picture lights to put a spotlight on your beloved collections. Picture lights hang over the paintings or attached them to their frames. There are a lot of designs, styles, types, and light bulb options for you to choose from.
Just like the different types of lamps, we should also give a sneak peek to various types of bulbs that go with your lamps. It will depend on your space, how much illumination you need, and the use (for task lighting or ambiance lighting). Before you get your lamp, it is also better to know which bulb should go with it.
Type of Bulb
Incandescent Light Bulbs
Halogen Incandescent Light Bulbs
|Yes compared to incandescent light bulbs||Cheap|
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
|Yes||Affordable compared to LED light bulbs|
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
|Yes compared to incandescent light bulbs||Cheap|
|LED Light Bulbs||Yes||A bit expensive|
Here are the 5 commonly used light bulbs for lamps:
Incandescent light bulbs are the most common type of bulb used in any home. The main problem with using incandescent light bulbs is that only 10% to 25% of electricity is used to produce light, the rest is heat. This might be a problem if you use your lamps for studying overnight or reading for long periods.
Compared to incandescent light bulbs, halogen incandescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient but still used 3 times more than compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs. Halogen is often used for lamps where high or focused light is needed. Many halogen lamps have parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) which is known to improve light focus.
Fluorescent light bulbs are invented to satiate people's hunger for more energy-efficient bulbs. If you want an energy-efficient light bulb but more affordable than LED bulbs, fluorescent light bulbs might be what you need.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are on the brink of extinction because of LED bulbs. But let us get this straight, CFLs are cheaper and more energy-efficient than your regular incandescent bulbs, using 75% less energy. The downside of CFLs are they needed time to light up, the light it produces might sometimes feel harsh to the skin, and the glass tubes contain mercury (which is toxic and not advisable if you tend to break glasses often or clumsy).
LED light bulbs are almost completely made from recyclable materials which are very good for nature. You might think that because of this, LED bulbs are cheaper but you cannot be so wrong. LED light bulbs are more expensive because there are certain additional processes and equipment needed to recycle materials and make them reusable.
However, LED light bulbs are very energy-efficient which makes up for it being a bit expensive.
When you are choosing the lamp for your space, make sure to keep in mind which part of your home you are going to put it and what it is for. Knowing this will make your life easier and shopping for a lamp will be faster.
But if you are looking for a more permanent light fixture for your space, you might want to consider getting yourself a chandelier or pendant lights. They are also a great way to add task lighting or ambiance to your home.
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