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Lamps come in many versatile sizes and shapes, and allow you to easily create different layers of light to add warmth and excitement to your home. Lamps can bring elegance to any room and provide illumination needed to perform tasks or simply enjoy the room. Lamps are an inexpensive way to add personality to any room in your home, while staying on top of the latest trends in décor and style. Accent lamps, buffet lamps, and Tiffany lamps cast a soft ambient light and are typically used for decorative purposes. Table lamps, both functional and aesthetically pleasing, can be used in any room in the house. Floor lamps can be arranged in a living room or bedroom to emphasize elements of interior design by casting light outward. Arc lamps have arc shaped frames that add dimension and cast direct light. Torchiere lamps, also referred to as up-lights, cast illumination upwards toward the ceiling, creating balance in the room. Pharmacy lamps are adjustable and versatile with key-lock joints.

Mandy's Lamp Tips
  • How much light do I need?

It’s completely up to you.  But use this formula to determine the suggested light.  Multiply the length times the width of the room then multiply that number times 1.5 and you will have the suggested wattage.  Larger lamps are usually over 27 inches and work best on low tables and can work with 3-way bulbs up to 250 watts.  Medium sized lamps typically are 20 inches to 27 inches and use a 150-watt bulb.  Smaller lamps are no taller than 20 inches and take a 70 to 100 watt bulb. But remember you should always layer the light in the room, so don’t devote all the required wattage to lamps.  And pairing lamps is always an option.

  • Where to place it?

Desk lamps should be placed at a 90-degree angle to your window and not directly below your ceiling light, which prevents glare and creates contrasts.  You also don’t want your hands to create shadows, so place the lamp no more than 39 inches from the object to be illuminated. Floor lamps, torchiere lamps, and arc lamps can be placed behind or next to sofas, beds, or tables.  Accent lamps and buffet lamps are typically used for decorative purposes and would work well on a foyer console, kitchen hutch, or even a desk or shelf.  Table lamps and tiffany lamps work well on coffee tables, bedside tables, and bureaus.

  • What type of style should I consider?

It depends what you’re going for and what you’re working with.  First determine your style, contemporary and traditional are on two ends of the spectrum and create completely different feels.  Consider the colors and fabrics you are working with in the room and incorporate that into your search.  Fabrics and linens typically cast a warm organic feel whereas glass can bring an elegant, classy feel to the room.  The base of the lamp is important to the style choice as well.  For a more traditional style, brass is typically used but for modern the bases have chrome finishes.

  • Why do I need this lamp?

What is the primary purpose of the lamp?  If you are looking for something to help you complete tasks then consider a desk lamp with an incandescent bulb.  If you are looking for something more decorative, try an accent lamp or buffet lamp with tungsten-halogen light.  Floor lamps and arc lamps generally have CFL bulbs, which produce a light comparable to incandescent and is used for task, ambient, or general lighting.  Table lamps generally produce a warm color, which isn’t ideal for reading but gives a great general light and often bounces off of walls, producing a soft pleasant color.