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Reading Lights & Lamps:
The Ultimate Guide

Reading lights are an essential part of any study, office, or reading area. Whether you're reading a book, browsing the web, or studying for exams, a good reading light can make all the difference.

When selecting a reading light, you want to consider several factors. Serious readers will want a light that's functional, efficient, and designed for reading. Think of reading lights as tools - you want one that works effectively and efficiently to make reading a pleasure.

For serious readers, adjustable reading lamps are ideal since they can be angled to suit your reading position. Compact LED reading lamps are also great options because they don't take up too much space and offer maximum illumination in any direction. Desk lamps with integrated task lights or multiple light sources are also excellent choices because they provide plenty of flexibility when it comes to lighting levels and directions.

This guide will help you understand the different types of reading lights, how they work, and which is best suited for your reading needs.

Living Room

Floor Reading Lamps

Floor lamps are a great option for reading lights since they provide ample lighting coverage over a large area.

Color Tone

If you're reading to fall asleep, try a warm color tone. If you want to read longer and stay alert, opt for a cool or neutral tone.

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Tired of searching for the perfect reading light? Worry not; we have invested the time to find a range of reading lights that work within any budget. This comprehensive shopping guide contains all the results.

TYPES OF READING LIGHTS

Reading lamps come in various shapes, sizes, and styles to suit different needs. The main types of reading lamps are floor lamps, desk lamps, clip-on lights, and banker's lamps. Below we take a look at the benefits and features of each.

DESK LAMPS

Desk Reading Lamp

Desk lamps are designed to be used for reading, writing, and other activities on a desk or table.

LED desk lamps are energy efficient and often have adjustable brightness levels so you can customize the lighting to your needs. You may also want to consider a gooseneck lamp with an adjustable arm that allows you to direct the light exactly where you need it.

No matter which type of desk lamp you choose, ensure it provides enough illumination without causing glare or eye strain. Desk lamps should be placed at least 18 inches away from your face when in use so they don't create shadows on the page or screen.

Desk lamps not only provide practical lighting solutions but also add a decorative touch to any room. Choose one that reflects your style and personality while complementing the surrounding room. With the right desk lamp, you'll be able to read comfortably and enjoy your favorite activities without straining your eyes!

FLOOR LAMPS

Floor Lamps for reading

Floor lamps are a great addition to any home, especially when it comes to reading. They provide full-spectrum illumination that is perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere for reading.

They also come in attractive designs and can fit into different sizes and decor of a room. Furthermore, they can soften the lighting in the room, creating an inviting mood for reading.

Lastly, floor lamps are designed to provide light higher within a room, making them ideal for illuminating specific seating or task areas while reading.

TABLE LAMPS

Table Lamp

Table lamps are perfect for reading nooks, side tables, and reading chairs. They offer a warm glow to the room and can be easily moved around.

You can choose from different styles and designs to add a unique touch to your reading corner. Table lamps come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, including glass and ceramic.

The angle-poise lamp is a type of table lamp that can be adjusted to direct light exactly where you need it. This makes them a great choice for reading, studying, and other activities.

WALL LAMP

Bedroom Wall Light for reading

Wall lights or sconces can be a great option for reading. However, being fixed at the point of installation, they require careful consideration to ensure the reading light is positioned correctly.

These reading lights are usually in pairs and installed on either side of a bookshelf or reading chair. This enables them to provide soft, even illumination without creating any glare or shadows for reading.

Obviously, the downside to wall reading lights is they can't be adjusted easily if the reading position changes,

While they work well in smaller spaces, they may not be sufficient for larger areas where more lighting is needed. In these cases, it's best to opt for a larger overhead fixture or multiple lamps instead of relying solely on a single wall-mounted reading light.

Finally, wall-mounted reading lights can be quite expensive compared to other types of lighting fixtures.

CLIP ON LIGHTS

Clip on Reading Lights

Clip-on reading lights can be a practical solution for reading in bed. Some clip onto the headboard or wall, while others are designed to attach to bookshelves and desks.

The best clip-on reading lamps feature adjustable arms that allow you to adjust the angle of the light source and direct it exactly where you need it. LED bulbs are usually used in clip-on reading lamps as they are energy-efficient and long-lasting.

BANKER'S LAMPS

Bankers Lamps for reading

Bankers' lamps are a classic reading light choice that adds both style and function to any room. They typically feature a green glass shade that directs the light downward, creating an even illumination without causing glare.

These lamps can be placed on side tables or desks and provide just enough lighting for reading without being too bright. Bankers' lamps come in various styles and sizes, so you can always find one that fits your reading area.

No matter which reading light option you choose, make sure it provides adequate lighting for reading without causing glare or harsh shadows.

Original Bankers Light
Glass Lamp

BANKERS' LAMP

Vintage style bankers' lamps with green glass shade are great for reducing eye strain.

Anglepoise Lamp
Desk Lamp For Your Home

ANGLEPOISE LAMP

This classic design is the perfect choice as a reading light. Although not the most aesthetic choice.

Spot Sconce
Retro Sconces

SCONCE LIGHTS

A sconce light next to your bed is a fantastic option for reading at bedtime.

READING LIGHTS BY ROOM

The reading light you choose should always complement the surrounding room. In a bedroom, for example, wall reading lights or desk lamps can be used to create a soft reading corner.

In living rooms, floor and table lamps are ideal reading lights that provide adequate lighting without taking up too much space. Clip-on reading lamps are also great for reading in bed.

Bedroom

Reading is the second most popular leisure pursuit, which takes place in the bedroom. So it’s crucial to get the lighting in your bedroom just right.

There are many options available, from reading lamps that clip onto the headboard or fixed to table lamps that can be moved around. Whatever reading light you choose, ensure it’s adjustable and provides adequate lighting without causing glare or harsh shadows.

It's also worth considering lights that can be controlled independently. That way, you can read while your partner sleeps.

Study

Finding the best lamp for studying can be a difficult task. With so many options available, it's important to consider the features that will help you get the most out of your study time. There are fantastic lamps on the market that are perfect for students and professionals alike.

Ikea has a wide range of affordable reading lamps that are perfect for students. They usually feature adjustable arms, so you can direct the light wherever it's needed.

For a more traditional look, Bankers' lamps are also ideal reading lights as they provide even lighting without creating any glare or shadows. Amazon has classic banker’s lamps with modern features such as USB charging and dimmable bulbs.

MORE INFORMATION & GUIDES

Living Room

If you're looking for the perfect reading lamp to light up your living room, there are a few things to consider. First, decide on the type of lamp that best suits your needs.

Do you want a floor lamp or a table lamp? Floor lamps are great for providing ambient lighting and can be adjusted to provide direct light where needed. Table lamps are ideal for task lighting and can be moved around easily.

Next, think about the style of the lamp. Do you prefer modern or traditional? Consider the other furniture in your living room and choose a style that complements it.

Finally, look at the features of the lamp. Does it have adjustable brightness levels? Is it dimmable? These features can make using your reading lamp more convenient and enjoyable.

Portable 

For reading on the go, nothing beats a good portable reading light. Clip-on reading lights are small and lightweight and attach easily to books or e-readers.

You can take them anywhere. They feature adjustable arms and bright LED bulbs that provide ample reading light without causing any strain on your eyes. Some models even come with rechargeable batteries, so you never have to worry about running out of power.

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WHERE TO BUY READING LIGHTS & LAMPS?

Online options like Amazon and Ikea offer a wide selection of reading lamps and lights at competitive prices. If you’re looking for something more unique, Etsy is also a great place to find vintage and custom-reading lamps.

For mid-priced reading lights, Lumins and Lighting Direct are both excellent choices. They offer a broad range of reading lamps, from floor and table reading lamps to wall sconces. If you’re looking for high-end reading lights, check out Instagram for bespoke and custom reading lamps.

BATTERY-OPERATED READING LIGHTS

For those who don’t want the hassle of electrical wiring, battery-operated reading lights are a great option. They offer the same benefits as regular reading lamps but without needing a power source.

Another benefit of battery-powered reading lights is the ability to take them with you wherever you go. Battery-powered reading lights are an excellent option for reading on the go. Take them on vacation or to the library, and never worry about reading in the dark.

Amazon is probably the best place to find portable reading lights. The store has nifty little lights that clip onto books. They also have lights you can place around your neck, and many come with eye care technology to ease eye strain.

WALL MOUNTED READING LIGHTS

These types of lights are a common sight in hotel rooms but are often overlooked in the home. Wall-mounted reading lights provide even, indirect lighting that’s perfect for reading and studying.

While it's true they can be more challenging to install than other reading lights, once fitted, they offer superior lighting. Wall-mounted reading lights come in various styles and finishes, so you can find the perfect reading lamp to suit any room.

For an easy installation, consider plugin-style wall-mounted lights; wiring can be hidden behind your bed for a neat and tidy look.

WHAT'S THE BEST LIGHT TONE FOR READING

Determining which light tone is best for reading depends on why you're reading and your personal preference. If your goal is to relax before bedtime, a warm-toned light would be more suitable.

When you're studying in your office, however, it is best to utilize brighter lighting to keep you alert and concentrated. A natural daylight range of 4000K-6500K would be ideal for this task. Fortunately, many current reading lamps have the option to alter the tonal range so that you can switch between warm and cool tones according to your preference.

LED READING LIGHTS

When it comes to reading lights, LED lamps are the most popular choice. LEDs provide bright white light that is evenly distributed, and they require very little energy, and with ever-raising electricity bills; this is a great way to save money.

GOOSENECK READING LIGHTS

Gooseneck reading lights are a great choice; they allow you to adjust the height and angle of the reading lamp to suit your reading needs. They have a contemporary look, which makes them ideal for modern homes, but they are also timeless classics that can fit into any décor.

CONCLUSION

Reading lights don't have to be complicated; they just need to provide you with the right lighting conditions so that reading can be enjoyable and stress-free. There are many reading lamps on the market, so take your time to find one that is suitable for your needs. With a little bit of research and understanding, you'll be enjoying that book in no time. That's it for reading lights: the ultimate guide!

SHOP FOR READING LIGHTS

Wooden Table Lamp with Black Iron Shade

This lamp will light up any room with its rustic charm and timeless design. The handmade construction of the solid wood base and iron shade gives this desk lamp a unique, vintage style that will last for years to come. The integrated charging port makes it easy to stay powered up while working or studying, while the adjustable shade allows you to find your perfect angle for comfortable lighting. Enjoy a hassle-free setup with this modern tabletop companion! The light base is fit for any E26 bulb. However, we recommend using either a 4W-6W LED lightbulb, 8W-16W energy-saving lamp or 20w - 40w (40w MAX) incandescent lightbulb.

Pen & Phone Holder Desk Lamp

This pen and phone holder small desk lamp not only brings illumination to your space but also serves as a dependable emergency light with its built-in 1250mAh rechargeable battery. It smartly combines pencil and phone holders, helping you organize an otherwise cluttered desktop while conserving precious room on the tabletop. This LED desk lamp is perfect for college students in dorms or office workers who desire convenience without sacrificing style!

Eye Caring Study Lamp

The office desk lamp features a surface-led light source design to reduce glare and visual fatigue. Perfect for college students studying in their dorm rooms or as an office, study, reading or bedside table lamp.

Choice Between Three Colors

With a range of three base colors (Pink, Green, White) to choose from, you will be sure to find the perfect color for your room.

Superwide Desk Lamp with Clamp

Are you looking to upgrade your lighting situation in your home office or craft room? Look no further than this superwide desk lamp with a convenient clamp feature. This lamp is sure to provide ample lighting with its superwide design that casts light over a wide area, making it an ideal choice for any workspace. The clamp feature allows you to easily attach the lamp to any desk surface, keeping it securely in place while providing a streamlined look. Whether you're writing emails or creating arts and crafts projects, this superwide desk lamp with its clamp feature has got you covered - literally!

Super Wide and Bright 1511 Lumen

Illuminate your entire working surface with an 18.2-inch, high-output LED light bar and a 25.2-inch flexible gooseneck! Perfect for multi-monitor workstations or large tables in the home or office, this lamp can reach up to 28.5 inches of maximum working height so that you never miss a beat when it comes to productivity. LED lamp has 3 color modes for warm light(3000K), warm white light(4000K), white light(6000K). This architect desk lamp is optimized for maximum flexibility and convenience, with 18 distinct lighting modes featuring 6 dimmable brightness levels each. Whether you toggle the touch-sensitive switch on the lamp bar or utilize a remote controller!

Dimmable Desk Lamp with Linen Fabric Shade

Add warmth and sophistication to your work-from-home space with this stunning dimmable desk lamp. Featuring a sleek minimalist design, it boasts a linen fabric shade and metal base, creating an unparalleled modern aesthetic. Transform any home office into one of tasteful luxury!

Three-Way Touch Control

This easy-to-use dimmable touch control desk lamp gives you three different levels of brightness tailored to suit your mood. With its convenient touch control feature, you can easily turn your light on and off with just one tap of any metal part of the sturdy base. No more fumbling around in the darkness for a switch!

Quality Construction

Constructed with anti-rust and corrosion-resistant metal, the desk lamp's sturdy base ensures you don't need to worry when placing it around children or pets. Its weighted base makes it an ideal addition to any office, there's no fear of toppling over!

Easy On The Eye

This lamp's warm light illuminates any room, the linen shade creates a comfortable atmosphere while protecting your eyes from harsh glares. Its white fabric shade promotes relaxation without being too dazzling for those late nights.
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