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Reading Lights – A Guide to...

Author: Tina Pancholi
Published: April 19, 2013

As we get older, we all hope to have more time to relax and enjoy life a little; chances are, reading may be one of the pastimes you choose to relax with. Light levels are of utmost importance, depending on your age and the time of day (or night) you prefer to read. Our requirement for improved light increases the older we get: For example, by the age of sixty, we need three times as much light for reading than in our twenties. As our eyes are incredibly important, accounting for up to eighty percent of our sensory perception, they are definitely something we don't want to neglect.

With one of Lighting Direct’s reading lights you'll hopefully be able to enjoy reading well into the twilight hours and your twilight years.

Wall-mounted reading lights

For an attractive and practical reading light that is also economical, why not choose the Klosters Chrome and Wood Reading Light? It combines a general bedside light with an ultra low energy 1w snake head LED reading light. You can also install a low energy bulb into the general light, saving even more money and energy. Both the lights have separate on/off switches, giving you complete control over the lighting effect in your bedroom – perfect for if your partner is sleeping and you want to read to the end of the chapter or beyond.

Similar to the Klosters light, but with a slightly more contemporary design, is the Chamonix Reading Light. Again, with a separate general light and reading light, which can be controlled individually, although not as low-watt as the Klosters, it is still very light energy consumption at only 3w. The cool white LED is excellent for creating perfectly crisp and clear light for reading by, without disturbing the rest of the household. The snake head means you can direct the light exactly where you need it.

For a super-stylish, contemporary light fitting that can sit in either your study or bedroom, take a look at the Falko Reading Light with Glass Shade. This lovely light is three point adjustable, making it easy for you to angle the light exactly where you need it. It can also be installed to sit horizontally or vertically, depending on your bedroom or study layout. The rotary dimmer on the back allows you to create a cosier, softer ambience if needs be.

If you want a low energy, incredibly safe and unobtrusive contemporary reading light, look no further than the Vail Chrome LED Reading Light. This excellent light has an ultra-slim snake head design that will sit quietly in your bedroom until you require it. It uses six daylight LEDs, which use only 0.5W of power, making this light incredibly economical. LEDs are very safe and emit no heat, making them excellent for placement where children may be.

Mother & Child Uplighter Lamps

Our next light will sit just as well in your living room as it would in a bedroom, thanks to a more traditional design with a satin brass finish. The Montana 'Mother and Child' Floor Lamp in Satin Brass serves as both an uplighter and task light – the 'mother' is the main light, and the 'child' is the secondary task light. An opal glass diffuser and dimmer switch on both lights, which have separate light switches, give you complete control over ambience.

This light is also available in Satin Chrome, which has a contemporary look, for those who prefer modern finishes.

Desk lamps

A desk lamp which works well as a reading light is the Hugo in a Satin Chrome finish. This will suit most contemporary settings, but it is also available in Antique Brass. Not only a stylish light, it's also incredibly practical thanks to an adjustable head, making it easy for you to direct the light exactly where you need it. The finger tip control and touch dimmer makes it the perfect bedside reading or study light, as you have complete control over light intensity, simply by running your finger up or down the track on the base.


When it comes to reading the importance of lighting cannot be underestimated, so make sure you look after your eyes by removing any unnecessary strain. If the above suggestions don't quite take your fancy or you simply want more options feel free to browse the full range of reading lights from Lighting Direct.

Looking for more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section.