We consider bedside lamps to be an essential element of any bedroom, providing a soft and relaxing light that can help create a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere. From reading in bed to setting the scene for calming down before sleep, a well-chosen bedside lamp can transform the look and feel of a bedroom. In this post, we’ll be looking at what you need to know about bedside lamps before you make your purchase.
What type of lamp can be used on a bedside table?
Various types of lamps can be used on a bedside table, depending on personal preference and the specific needs of the space. Table lamps are always popular and are available in a variety of styles and sizes, and can provide a soft, ambient glow or focused task lighting. Another option is a clip-on lamp, which can be attached to the headboard or bedside table, allowing for adjustable and targeted lighting. Touch lamps are a good choice too, since they are easily turned on during the night without needing to fumble for the switch.
What size should a bedside lamp be?
The size of a bedside lamp largely depends on what you think looks best, and the size of your bedside table. As a general rule, the lamp should be tall enough that the light source shines over your shoulder when you’re sitting up in bed, but not so tall that it towers over the headboard. The lampshade should also be proportionate to the base, and not too large or small for the size of the lamp. In terms of width, the lamp base should be no wider than the width of the bedside table, and the shade should be wide enough to cover the light source while still allowing light to shine where it is needed.
What height should a bedside lamp be?
The height of a bedside lamp depends on the height of the bedside table and the seating or sleeping position of the user. As a general rule, the bottom of the lampshade should be at eye level when the user is sitting or lying down in bed. For a bedside table that is 24-30 inches high, a lamp height of around 20-24 inches is appropriate. However, that isn’t a set rule; consider your own preference, and the specific dimensions of the room and furniture when choosing the height of a bedside lamp.
What type of light bulb should I use for a bedside lamp?
In general, a soft white, or warm white bulb with a colour temperature of 2700K to 3000K are the best for bedside lamps as they create a warm and cosy atmosphere. LED bulbs are a popular option due to their energy efficiency and long lifespan, and often they can be dimmed, or have their colour temperature changed, which is perfect if you need a bright white to wake you up in the mornings, but need a dimmer, warmer shade for relaxing at night.
Should I choose a bedside lamp with a shade or without a shade?
This decision is entirely up to you, and how you intend to use the lamp. A lamp with a shade will diffuse the light, creating a softer and more ambient glow, which is best if you use your bedside lamp for reading, as it can reduce eye strain. Additionally, a lamp with a shade can add a decorative element to the room, helping to tie in with other soft furnishings, and the colour scheme.
On the other hand, a lamp without a shade will provide a more direct and focused light, which can be useful if you like to work from your bed, or you do a hobby from your bed that needs a bit extra light.
What style of bedside lamp should I choose to match my décor?
The style of bedside lamp you choose should complement the décor of your bedroom, and there are plenty of popular styles to consider:
- Modern bedside lamps feature clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. They are a great choice for contemporary bedrooms that feature simple, uncluttered design elements.
- Traditional bedside lamps have a more ornate design, with features like intricate patterns, tassels, or fringes. They work well in bedrooms with classic or formal décor.
- Industrial bedside lamps feature metal finishes and exposed bulbs, giving them a raw and edgy look. They can complement bedrooms with a more rugged or rustic feel.
- Mid-century modern bedside lamps feature sleek and simple designs, often with a touch of retro flair. They work well in bedrooms with a mid-century modern décor or a minimalist aesthetic.
- Rustic bedside lamps feature natural materials like wood, stone, or woven fibres, and have a cosy and welcoming feel. They work well in bedrooms with a cabin or farmhouse-inspired décor.
There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer to which is the right lamp for your bedside table – it is all a matter of taste, and how you have decorated your bedroom. The style of bedside lamp you choose should reflect what you like, and complement your preferred style of interior design.
Can I use a bedside lamp for reading?
Reading at bedtime is a great way to relax and slow your mind down before sleeping – which is why so many of us do it! Yes, bedside lamps can be great for reading. When choosing a bedside lamp for reading, it’s important to consider the brightness and colour temperature of the bulb, as well as the positioning of the lamp. A lamp with an adjustable arm or shade can allow you to direct the light where you need it most. Additionally, using a warm white bulb with a colour temperature of around 2700K to 3000K can create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for reading before bed.
Should I choose a bedside lamp with a switch or a touch sensor?
The choice between a switch or a touch sensor for a bedside lamp largely depends on you, and what you find convenient. A switch is a simple and traditional option that is easy to use and reliable, but a touch sensor can be a more convenient option, allowing you to turn the lamp on and off with a simple touch or gesture. Touch sensors also often have adjustable brightness levels, which can be helpful for reading or creating a relaxing atmosphere. When choosing between a switch and a touch sensor, consider the overall style of the lamp, the placement of the lamp in relation to your bed, and what you’d find easiest to use.
Can I use a bedside lamp with a smart home system?
Yes, many modern bedside lamps are compatible with smart home systems. Some lamps come with built-in smart technology, while those that don’t can be paired with smart bulbs that can be controlled through a smartphone app or voice assistant. With a smart bedside lamp, you can control the brightness, colour temperature, and other features using your voice or smartphone. You can also set schedules and create custom lighting scenes to suit your needs. When choosing a bedside lamp for your smart home system, make sure to check its compatibility with your existing devices and network.
Can bedside lamps interfere with your sleep?
Yes, if you choose the wrong type of bulb or use the lamp improperly, bedside lamps can interfere with your sleep. Blue light, which is emitted by some types of bulbs, can suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep.
Therefore, it’s recommended to use warm-coloured bulbs with a colour temperature of around 2700K to 3000K in your bedroom, including bedside lamps. Additionally, it’s important to use the lamp properly, such as setting the lamp at an appropriate brightness level, and turn off the lamp or use a low-light setting while sleeping to avoid interference with your natural sleep cycle.
What alternatives are there for bedside lamps?
While bedside lamps are a classic choice for bedroom lighting, there are alternative options that can be great for tight spaces or for adding a unique touch to your décor. Wall lights are a great option as they can free up valuable space on your bedside table – so this is one to consider if space is tight. Many wall lights are designed to be plug-in, which means they are easy to install, and you don’t need to worry about wiring them in.
Additionally, floor lamps can be a great way to add ambient light to your bedroom while also creating a statement piece. Or, for a more decorative alternative, string lights such as fairy lights or festoons can be a fun and playful option, particularly suited to teenage or children’s bedrooms.
Our final thoughts
Bedside lamps are an important and practical addition to any bedroom, providing both functional lighting and a decorative element to your space. Whether you prefer a minimalist design, or a more ornate lamp, there are a variety of options available to suit your needs and match your décor. At Lighting Direct, we offer a wide range of bedside lamps to choose from, with options including touch lamps, dimmable lamps, and smart lamps, with plenty of colours and materials to choose from. Plus, with our Change Your Mind Guarantee, you can shop with confidence, knowing that you can easily return or exchange your item within 30 days of delivery. So why not browse our range today and find the perfect bedside lamp for your home?