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How to find the perfect bedside lamps?

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: December 12, 2013

The right bedside lamps can really help to create a comforting and relaxing atmosphere. Subtle lighting is a key factor when it comes to bedroom ambience and the perfect bedside lamps can make all the difference. Here are some things to consider when choosing bedside lighting.

What to consider?

Room Size

A bedside lamp must be in keeping with your room’s dimensions; a small lamp will look lost in a large room and a larger lamp will overpower a more compact space. The same is true when looking at the size of your actual bedside table.

The look

The style of lamp you choose will need to complement its surroundings. Consider the textures and materials of your bedroom furnishings before making your choice.


Ambience is paramount when selecting a bedside lamp. Choose a warm white light source for a cosy atmosphere or a cooler white light for task/reading lighting.

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Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you here at Lighting Direct


A stylish pair of lamps will frame the bed and bring together the whole décor of the room. Take a look at the Colliers Touch Lamps set of 2. These contemporary bedside lamps have 3-stage light level touch control giving you convenient modern functionality.

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For a more traditional style, the Gloucester Touch Lamps are a strong contender. These bedside lamps in an antique brass finish have alabaster glass shades and also come in a set of 2.

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Reading lights

Often we take ourselves off to bed early to enjoy a good book and this is when we need a good quality reading light. The Fuse LED Reading Light – Polished Chrome ticks all the boxes for flexible modern bedroom lighting. This compact fitting provides precision directional lighting.

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If you want flexible lighting for your bedtime read then consider the Vail LED Reading Light – Chrome. With its adjustable slim-line neck you can angle the light perfectly no matter what position you are reading in.

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If you can’t decide between a table lamp or reading light then the Arosa Reading Light – Polished Chrome combines both. Either part of this fitting can be independently lit giving you a multi-functional light source for your bedroom.

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Wall lights

For a combination of classic style and flexibility take a look at the Halva Swing Arm Wall Light. Simply adjust the arm to angle the light according to your needs.

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Spotlighting is a simple yet effective option for bedside lighting. For a modern take on the spotlight see the Loft Single Spotlight in satin chrome. Its fully adjustable head makes it perfect for reading under or simply for flexible accent lighting.

Bedside lamps are a great way to add extra character and distinction to your home. At Lighting Direct we aim to stock only the most elegant and charming light fittings.

For more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.