Table lamps are a perfect way to add light and style to a room. They are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles. Choosing the right lamp for a table or end table will help ensure that your room has good light for reading, writing and doing other focused activities. A well-chosen lamp will also complement your overall design theme.
The size of your lamp will depend on how high you want it to be and the size of the table that you are using it with. Typically, the height of the lamp should be about the same as the table and a bit above it for comfort when sitting near it.
A popular material for table lamps is cut crystal which shimmers and shines when the light is turned on reflecting light in the room and refracting images from the sculpted glass. These types of lamps tend to lean toward elegant or traditional designs and go nicely with classy tables such as those made of wood.
Another type of table lamp is the tiffany style which features multiple pieces of colored stained glass in a decorative pattern. These lamps turn on and off as the light is switched on and off creating a unique light show. These types of lamps generally lean toward a more romantic or traditional design and go well with table cloths, bed linens and other elegant touches.
There is a type of table lamp that takes the tiffany concept and applies it to a more modern theme by using geometric shapes and striking colors rather than the floral patterns or flowing designs found on tiffany style lamps. These types of lamps still create a beautiful effect with the color showing through the shade and the light shining through it.
In addition to these types of table lamps you can find other sculpted designs made from various materials such as glass, ceramics and metals. Glass table lamps are a common choice and can come in a variety of shades with a wide range of designs including flowers, dragonflies or other popular themes. Glass table lamps can be transparent or may use tinted or patterned glass with deliberate distortions or bubbles.
Many modern table lamps also use LED bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. This is a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly choice. The LED bulbs fit a standard table lamp socket and can be used to retrofit older lamps as well. While these lamps haven’t quite become as popular with consumers as the traditional incandescent bulb, they are growing in popularity. Regardless of what type of bulb you choose, the lamp shade will help shield your eyes from the light and reduce the amount of heat produced. This is particularly important when you are using the lamp for reading or doing other activities that require close up attention. The shade will also help protect the bulb from damage. The shade may have a hardback or be a soft fabric and should be matched with the base and overall style of the lamp to provide an integrated look.