From practical bedside lights to the latest in decorative lighting installations, we are sure that within these pages you will find all the information that you need to be able to make an informed decision about your next lighting purchase.
We review a vast number of products in a candid and informed way, covering everything from cost, functionality, style, and safety. Whether you’re an artist or writer looking for a desk lamp to light up your work space, or a proud home owner looking for some attractive mood lighting when entertaining guests, we’ll explain some of the best options available, and provide ideas and hints for what may or may not work for you.
Electric Lights, a History
Ever since Thomas Edison invented the first commercially available light bulb domestic lighting has been an essential part of modern life and comfortable living, who can imagine a world lit by candlelight these days?! Thanks to constant innovation and technological developments such as LED bulbs and touch sensitive on / off and dimmer switches, the lighting industry remains vibrant and important. Along with world class styling to match modern fashions and interior design, with our help you can be sure to find a lamp to suit both your requirements and desires.
These days home offices or ‘Studies’ are more popular than ever, in part thanks to increased flexibility in the workplace meaning that many people now spend at least part of their week working from home. Of course the role of the home office naturally stretches much further than that, with hobbyists and children doing their homework just some of the users that benefit from a pleasant working environment.
An integral part of that working environment is how it is lit, the way light interacts with you as you work is perhaps more important than at any other time. It’s an all too familiar scenario to be stuck in an office with a flickering overhead light distracting you, and although that’s a fairly extreme example, it does highlight how important it is for your environment to be properly lit.
Choosing The Best Bedside Lamp
Let’s face it, we all love to relax and sleep, and when the alarm goes off in the morning it can sometimes be a real struggle to get out of bed! Then of course there are the weekends, when we wake early only to realise that we don’t have to get up after all, followed by a feeling of absolute relief and the joy that we can go back to sleep for a few hours, snuggled up and cosy, away from the distractions of the world.
We’ve all been there right?
Given that the space we sleep in is so important to us, it makes good sense that it’s as inviting as possible for us to be there. If our bed is our sanctuary, then our bedroom is our own little Utopia.
The role of lighting within that Utopia is absolutely key, after all who wants to be fumbling around in the night for a hard to access light switch, knocking over everything on their bedside table in the process? No, what’s needed are carefully considered lighting solutions that fit both your needs and desires.
The fact is, there isn’t a bedside light to fit everyone’s needs (although, there are certainly a few strong contenders), and a lot depends on whether you want something purely functional, more decorate, or a combination of both.
If you’re limited on space it’s a really good idea to consider choosing a lamp that doesn’t have a big bulky shade, but instead uses an alternative method of taking the edge off the glare, such as frosted glass. You’ll find this opens up a lot possibilities to slimmer and less intrusive lamps. Alternatively, there’s the option of having a lamp mounted on the wall above your bed. Strictly speaking this is more of a permanent light fitting, but it certainly makes good use of otherwise redundant wall space and frees up space next to the bed.
If your child is reaching an age where he or she is starting to become a bit more familiar with the world, then the chances are that one of the things they’re beginning to experience is that very irrational and human concept, the fear of darkness and it’s associated monsters and ‘boogymen’. Interestingly, we aren’t born with such fears, they’re learned as we grow and develop. If only we could be a bit more selective about the things that scare us!
To allay such fears many parents choose to use a night light for help their child to sleep soundly, with the light providing just enough reassurance to the child whilst not being too bright to stop them from sleeping in the first place.
Choosing The Best Floor Lamp
Unlike other types of table or desk lamp, no elevated surface is required, just floor space. Now this all might sound obvious, but if you’ve ever felt that one corner of your living room is bare, or that something is needed to make the place feel a little more cozy and warm, then the chances are that a floor lamp could be a really quick and easy way to fill that void.
Of course it’s not only filling space within the room that a floor lamp is good for, it could quickly become a means to show off other decor, or even a focal point in it’s own right, both with the way it’s light falls on surrounding furnishings, and by it’s fixed ornamental attributes.