Choosing The Right Desk Lamp

Eyes are like other muscles in your body; they get tired and need a break. This is especially true when they work harder than usual in poor lighting conditions.

While unlikely to cause permanent damage — despite a parent’s admonition to a child trying to peruse a comic book at night by smuggled flashlight — trying to read or type in low light can cause acute eyestrain. This can present symptoms including headache, fatigue, and sore, tired eyes. The remedy for eyestrain is rather simple: just rest your eyes (and the rest of yourself) and try to avoid the conditions that caused the discomfort in the first place.

Adding a desk lamp to your work area is the best way to avoid the eyestrain associated with non screen reading (or the viewing of graphics, charts, etc.). A desk lamp allows you to direct light exactly where you need it without changing the overall illumination of an interior. Thus desk lamps allow you to add illumination to your own work space without impacting others. If you have a private office all to yourself, this will matter less; if you share a bay of desks or work in a cubicle, then a desk lamp may be the only practical way to add light to your space.

When choosing a lamp for work, you will want to focus on function more than form. Many sleek and compact desk lamps require minimal desk space yet provide bright illumination, often thanks to LED bulbs. Make sure you factor in the range of brightness settings a lamp offers; you will likely want to dim and brighten your desk lamp at times. When choosing a desk lamp for the home, you have more latitude in terms of size, appearance, and brightness. Consider where it will sit in your home and pick a lamp that will look great there, off or on.

Also consider the color temperature of a desk lamp. Many are bright enough to help with reading, but give off light that is a pale white hue that can be unpleasant. Others shine with a “yellow” light that may be more appealing; some options offer both color temperatures.

Please guide me on the adjustability features that I can use to add versatility to my place.

ID: It is important to know the type of table lamp you are currently using or are inclined to use in future. Since a neck desk lamp is engineered for both the task and ambient lighting, the height settings can be varied under your control to have the light either diffused or focused.

Their neck is made flexible to point out the light in exactly the same direction where it’s needed. A lamp is considered best if it is able to bring the light towards your work rather than have you move your materials towards it.

Also, you can have it positioned in a manner that does not affect your dominant side, i.e. for a left-handed person, the light should be coming from their right side and vice versa to prevent shadows on the work.

Next, you can add the 3-way switch or dimmer in order to vary the light intensity. This helps when you need it bright for examining something in detail. Plus, it avoids spreading stray light off into all directions in the room while you continue with other activities.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Floor Lamp

Not everyone buying a new floor lamp will go into their search with the same priorities. Knowing which factors are most important to you will help you better identify the floor lamp that will truly meet your needs. Here are some of the best considerations to keep in mind during your search.

If you’re buying a floor lamp, you need it to serve the basic function of providing as much light as you need. In some cases, that will mean going for a lamp that gets really bright. In other cases, low lights that simply add something to the ambiance of the room are good enough.

If you’ll need your floor lamp to light a reasonably large space or provide a lot of focused light to one spot, then you’ll need to look for something that offers a good level of brightness. Arced lamps and traditional floor lamps offer more brightness than torchere lamps, and individual floor lamps of each type you consider will provide variable results in this category. If you’re not able to check out the level of brightness a lamp provides in person, consider checking out the customer reviews to see what people say about it. More at

Type of Lighting

Not all lighting serves the same purpose. Focused lighting, sometimes called task lighting, is your best bet if you’ll want your floor lamp to provide enough light for you to read or knit or do any kind of work that requires being able to see what you’re doing especially well.

In some cases, you want light that will spread to provide illumination to a larger space. Many of the ceiling lights installed in most homes do this – instead of lighting one specific spot, they’re designed to provide fairly equal lighting to the whole room. Since room lights usually take care of this need, not as many floor lamps offer that kind of lighting, but if you’re looking for something that can work as an alternative to your ceiling light, then you should aim to find a floor lamp that lights a larger space.

For some customers, a floor lamp will be more about aesthetics than brightness. Low lighting can make a space feel more relaxing and comfortable. Many floor lamps are designed to provide the kind of ambient lighting that helps a space achieve that atmosphere.


Speaking of aesthetics, customers have a wide range of choices when it comes to the style of available floor lamps. Floor lamps come in lots of different colors and designs. Some manage to be functional, while also doubling as a work of art that your visitors are likely to comment on.

Often the most uniquely designed and impressive looking floor lamps are on the more expensive side, but you have a large number of stylish options even on the more affordable end of the pricing spectrum.


Floor lamps can cost as little as $20 for simpler models that are functional, but don’t add much to the space beyond that. On the higher end of the price range, especially beautiful floor lamps can cost nearly $1,000.

Most floor lamps fall somewhere in the middle, as you’d expect. Whatever your budget, you should be able to find a floor lamp that fits your basic needs, but if you have more to spend, you’ll have your pick of floor lamps that meet your visual desires as well.


Most floor lamps are narrow with a fairly small base, so it’s easy to fit them wherever it’s most convenient for you. Arced lights do require more space, since they don’t stand upright like other types of floor lamps.

Even as most floor lamps aren’t especially large, you should think carefully about how the one you buy will fit into the space you have in mind. You don’t want your floor lamp to become a tripping hazard or always feel like it’s in the way whenever it’s not in use.


The height of your floor lamp will influence what the light’s able to illuminate. If the light bulb is located close to your head while sitting, it will provide more brightness as you read your book or work on your tasks. If it’s higher up, it won’t be quite as bright, but could keep you from bumping your head.

You want to find the right balance that ensures you’re getting the light you need without the light getting in your way. Adjustable floor lamps make this easier, as you’re able to change where the light’s located with each use, but there are still limits on how high and low they can go. Before making a purchase, consider if the height will work for you.

While most floor lamps are light enough to be easy to move from one spot to another, it’s usually best to have an idea of where you’ll be putting your floor lamp before you purchase one. When you know where it will go, you can be sure to get the right type of lighting for the room’s needs and can confirm there’s enough space for the floor lamp in advance of having it.

You’ll also have the chance to try to picture it in the space. Some designs or colors might look great in a photograph on a website, but not really work with the style of the room you’re considering. Finding the right style isn’t entirely about picking something you like, you also want to consider the context of how it will work within the space you’ll be keeping it in.

Energy Efficiency

Like other types of lighting, floor lamps are Energy Star rated. Finding a floor lamp with an Energy Star certification can save you up to $70 a year in energy costs.

You’ll also use less energy if you go with a light that has a dimmer, so you only use as much light as you need in any given moment. And of course, being smart about how you use your floor lamp will make a big difference as well. Simply by making sure you turn it off whenever you’re not actively using it, or by relying on sunlight through open windows for some of your light during the day, you can reduce your energy use considerably.
Extras and Features:

Table: Some floor lamps come with a table built in, providing some counter space for you to set down a drink or add something decorative, while also providing the primary function of lighting.
Adjustable: Adjustable floor lamps offer the flexibility to move the light sources based on your need at any given moment.

Multiple light sources: Some floor lamps have multiple light sources, which both provide more light and also often add to the aesthetic of the lamp itself. In some cases, you can turn individual light sources on and off instead of just having one on control for all of them.

Floor lamps can make the difference in how well you’re able to see what you’re doing in the spaces in your home. And they can make the spaces you spend the most time in that much more beautiful if you choose a lamp that you really love the look of. They’re functional, beautiful, and can help you further design your home space in just the way you want it to be. More at