Are you looking for a DIY lighting design idea that will refresh the style and feel of your room? Replacing an old table lamp is a great way to begin a gradual room upgrade! Unlike other new light fixtures, which may require additional wiring and electrical expertise for installation, plug-in table lamps are easy to install and can be moved around your home as you plan out your perfect look. Table lamps also provide practical light for daily task areas, from your study’s desk to your bedside table. Explore our table lamp guide for advice on how to find quality table lamps that match your daily routine and elevate your room design.
WHERE TO PUT A TABLE LAMP: ADVICE BY ROOM
Table lamps most often serve as task lights for illuminating seated activities. Therefore, a good rule of thumb for placing table lamps in rooms throughout your home is to think about where your family, friends, and guests will spend the most time sitting. Here are a few areas of the home we recommend thinking about when you’re in the market for a new table lamp.
LIVING ROOM TABLE LAMPS
Table lamps add warmth to a living room, whether you’re relaxing with your family or entertaining guests. Small accent lamps can fit into unsuspecting corners of the room, like on bookcases or decorative trays, and solid color table lamps can bring a fun pop of color to sofa end tables.
OFFICE TABLE LAMPS & STUDY DESK LAMPS
These days, more of us are completing our work from home more than ever before. Whether you’re teleworking or helping your kids with school work, having a defined office space can help you and your family stay on task and achieve your goals. When deciding on the right desk lamp for your home office or study, it’s important to remember that the average table lamp will light 40-50 square feet or about half of the room. For home offices without much natural light, you may want to consider coordinating your desk lamp with another lighting source, like a semi-flush ceiling light for greater overall illumination, or a floor lamp to light the opposite side of the room.
When you think of dining room lights, you may first think of the central light fixture suspended over the dining table. It’s true, dining room chandeliers and pendants typically provide the brightest light for your dining room; but dining room table lamps offer an extra layer of illumination and the lamp’s body can coordinate with the style of your centerpiece fixture.
Lowering the light in your bedroom in the hours before sleeping can help to transition you into your bedtime routine. Whether you enjoy reading, journaling, meditating, or watching TV before you turn in for the night, a bedside table lamp is a must-have to illuminate your pre-sleep activities.
Bedside table lamps are also practical choice for safe movement through the bedroom at night. Without a bedside table lamp, you may have to get up from the bed to turn off your overhead fixtures, making it difficult to see your way back to the bed. A bedside lamp allows you to extinguish your light from where you’re resting and to re-illuminate the room quickly if you need to get up in the middle of the night for any reason, like tending to a baby, working a night shift, or using the bathroom.
The correct height for a table lamp is determined by the chair/sofa and the height of the table beside it. Although table lamps on either side of a sofa need not be identical, they should have the same “visual” weight and height. To avoid glare, the lamp should be tall enough for the bottom of its lampshade to reach the eye level of the person seated next to it.