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 cozy, 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. The downside with this solution is of course that it’s less ‘plug and play’ than a standalone lamp, and you’ll need to either fit it yourself, or employ someone to fit it for you.
If on the other hand space isn’t at a premium, and perhaps you want something a bit more complimentary to the rest of your bedroom décor, then the possibilities really are endless. Pick a lamp with a base material that matches other fittings in your bedroom for great coordination. For example a there are many lamps with natural wooden bases that will show off a wooden bed, wardrobe, or chest of drawers perfectly. Also, consider the colour and material of the lamp shade (if it has a fabric shade) and think about getting a match, or complimentary match with bed sheets, curtains, and throws.
Then there are practical issues to consider, for example as touched on before, are you the sort of person who gets frustrated with trying to find the light switch in the middle of the night? If so you’ll probably want to consider making turning your lamp on as easy as possible, and this is where touch sensitive switches come into their own. You’ll pay a little more, than for a bog standard switch on the neck or cable, but the lifestyle improvement it will bring will certainly make it a worthwhile long term investment. Safety needs to be considered too of course, if you’re buying a lamp as a gift for, shall we say, not the most careful of people, then it would probably be best to steer clear of a ceramic or glass lamp that may get knocked over in the night.
If you like your technology then there are a lot of options available to you to turbo charge even the humble bedside light. From intelligent alarm clocks with lights to simulate the rising sun and help with, helping you get out of bed more naturally in the morning, to lamps/Bluetooth speakers helping you to relax you last thing at night, or get you going first thing in the morning.
So what we’re really saying here is, pay a little attention to choosing the best bedside lamp for you and the improvements it can bring to your daily routine and overall quality of life. It’s also worth taking the time to think about some of the options available to you, after all a lamp is typically a fairly long term investment, and worth getting right.