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What kind of desk lamps will work best in your home?

While few people give serious thought to the kind of desk lamps they use in their home, a well chosen lamp can make all the difference in the overall aesthetic of any room. On top of that, you also need to think about the quality of the lamp itself - is it bright enough to make reading at night comfortable? We take a look at all this and more below.

Finish or functionality?

When buying desk lamps there are three approaches that you can take. The first is to purchase your lamp based entirely on how it looks, or how it compliments the finish of the rest of the room. This is an approach taken by the more style conscious among us.

The second approach is to concern yourself only with functionality. The main reason for buying desk lamps in the first place is to provide yourself with the ability to read or work during the darker hours, so it goes without saying that it's important your lamp is up to the task.

Finally, there's the third approach, which is a mix between the previous two. Unless you're on a serious budget, or are extremely picky about how your home looks, we recommend you take this approach, with functionality taking precedent over style.

Consider the space available to you

While you might think that the interesting, modern looking lamp with plenty of twists and turns which catch the eye might be the best one for you, you need to decide on whether or not it will take up a reasonable amount of space.

Many modern desk lamps tend to be slightly ungainly in their size; often taking up too much room to be truly functional.

Measure your available desk space, rather than measuring the whole desk itself, and make a decision based on that in order to ensure you have enough room to work, read or use your computer comfortably.

Cast some light on the situation

Choosing the right kind of bulb is something that many people forget about when it comes to desk lamps. If you are only going to be using the desk lamp and no other room lighting during the night hours, then it is recommend that you go for a brighter bulb to ensure you don't unduly strain your eyes.

Activity or hobby lamps usually provide a much brighter light than traditional reading lamps, so we would recommend you take a look at those first.

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