Table Lamp: How to choose the best one in 2021?
We will talk here about a basic product, but that adds a lot to you and your home. Lighting, decoration, productivity, comfort: today is the day to talk about table lamp.
As essential as they are in homes, ceiling lamps cannot meet all the needs of everyday life. The luminaires, on the other hand, can offer a brighter light for working, a clear light but comfortable to read, a lower light for relaxing, even a different lighting for decoration.
In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about the product, in order to find the right model: the best on the market, the varieties, advantages, disadvantages and even criteria to guide your choice at the time of purchase.
First, the most important
- Knowing what and where you are going to use your lamp is essential to choosing the right model.
- There are direct light and diffused light fixtures, with different types, designs and purposes.
- Prices can vary from R $ 50 to R $ 150, depending on their material, design and technology.
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Choosing the ideal table lamp may not be so easy, taking into account the number of models available in the endless decoration and lighting stores out there. In this Guide, we bring all the useful information about the product, so you can think about the time of purchase.
What is the table lamp?
The table lamp is basically a mobile (but not portable) source of light energy, used both in decoration and in the objective lighting of environments. Since they do not work with lamps of very high power, they are commonly arranged on surfaces of medium height, such as tables – hence the name.
Especially because the appearance of this type of luminaire was a mere question of adaptation: the first concepts of light focusing emerged in the 18th century, using the lighting of lamps and lamps.
Did you know that the table lamp is almost as old as the lamp itself? The first models started to appear around 1880, almost with the invention of Thomas Edison.
Its popularization, however, is dated from 1895, with the creation of the first Tiffany lampshade, which brought decoration concepts to the item, until then, strictly functional.
Product uses related to productivity were already tested in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1932, with the appearance of the Anglepoise Lamp, the model that is portrayed in the opening animation of Pixar films, that the product came to dominate offices and other professional environments.
Thereafter, table lamps became both a synonym for adornment and functionality, present in homes and workplaces. Its operation is simple, as simple as the lamp itself.
Its real functionality, and therefore its differential, lies in its directing of the light, from screens that can make both its diffusion and its focus.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a table lamp?
By “controlling” the light, it is possible to control the environment. With the right luminaire in the right place, you can do what you want. It is also possible to make it multifaceted, such as a room with direct light on the computer table and a diffuse light on the headboard, for example.
With the evolution in the designs of these products, they can be both useful and aesthetically pleasing, such as an eye-catching color or metallic tones Anglepoise.
There is also the question of mobility. The lamp in yesterday’s home office can turn the reading light into tomorrow’s office. The beautiful lamp on the bedroom nightstand may be what was missing for your outdoor area, and so on.
However, there is a limit to the product. As sophisticated as the designs and their ergonomics are, luminaires are simple products.
It can happen, for example, that the light from a lamp is too dim for you to read in your bed before you sleep. Either the lamp may be too strong, or the model needs to be changed sides, so as not to shade the paper at the time you write.
Aside from the wire, which may be too short, the base too large, the dome of the joint becomes too hot to be adjusted after being connected, in short, problems common to home products that are not made to measure.
Diffused light or direct light?
There are two types of table lamp: those that emit diffuse light and those that emit direct light. This makes the models have different designs and different purposes.
The diffused light models are those with a conical, cylindrical, circular, spherical dome, in short, round, made of translucent material and with an opening at both ends.
In this way, the light emitted by the lamp is fractionated, dividing its intensity between a beam directed towards the ceiling and another directed towards the floor, but never in the line of the eyes – in this region, the light is “filtered” by the dome material. Its lighting, therefore, is weaker, but more comfortable.
The direct light models, on the other hand, usually have a dome of opaque material, usually semicircular, conical or cylindrical in shape, with a single opening, in order to concentrate all the light intensity in one direction.
Its lighting, therefore, is more intense, but of shorter range, especially if its lamps are turned to tables and other surfaces with low light reflection.
Design: classic, sculptural, articulated or clip?
With the different light emissions, there are different designs of table lamps. The diffusers have a design called Classic, established on the market and due to the functionality of the lamp itself, difficult to be overcome.
In these types of products, the models vary more in the shape of the domes, as mentioned above, in their material and, consequently, their color and texture. There are also models with a very disruptive format, although they have the same logic as the classic design. These are called sculptural.
Direct table lamps, on the other hand, have almost no variation in the domes, but in the rods. They can be fixed as they can be articulated, and they give the models names.
As you can imagine, the articulated ones took over the market, for allowing to direct even better the beam of light from the direct luminaires. These have accordion-like stems, and can be made of plastic or metal.
There is also a variety at the base of the direct luminaires. There are those with flat bases, which can even have different shapes, but offer the same type of support, and there are those that use fasteners or claws, which can be attached at the edges of different surfaces.
These are Clip-type table lamps, whose fasteners can be made of metal or plastic. Most of them are accompanied by articulating rods.
Functional or ornamental table lamps?
Despite the differences, all the models mentioned above are functional, that is, they are planned with a view to maximizing their efficiency, practicality and durability, whether focusing or softening the light.
In another market niche, there are ornamental lamps, with very different designs and formats, but without the intention of controlling the brightness of the place.
These models end up having a diffusing effect on light, as they are, in general, forms of plastic or paper and of minimally translucent material. But its aim is to be more of a luminous decoration – a beautiful luminous decoration, that is to say.
They are sold as cool products, for young people, and to that end, they seek to reduce their cost, with low intensity lamps, less resistant materials, short wires, among other things. Still, they deliver what they promise, leaving the atmosphere more dynamic and relaxed.
The price variation of the luminaires is not very large. There are models starting at R $ 50 and up to R $ 150, in most stores.
There is no more expensive type of luminaire, but those with diffused light tend to bet more on more elegant designs, which can increase the price. On the other hand, direct light ones work with metals, which can also increase their value
Where to buy?
Physical stores for household items, decoration stores, have a stock of a wide variety of models and designs, in addition to salespeople specialized in lighting and ambiance.
But, if you prefer to choose your model in the comfort of home, online stores like Amazon, have different price models and designs. among other megastores.
Purchasing criteria: Factors to compare and choose the best table lamp
In the list below, we have listed essential items to pay attention to when buying a table lamp.
- Purpose and environment
- Room configuration
- Lamp and energy
- Decoration notions
We will then detail each item, so that you can more fully base your choice.
Purpose and environment
Due to the different light emissions, and therefore different functions of the table lamps, it is necessary to keep in mind not only the place or room in which you want to position your model, but also its purpose.
This information will guide your choice between the type of luminaire and some specifications. In general, environments and decorations call for diffused light fixtures, due to the more comfortable lighting and aesthetics.
On the other hand, objective issues, such as lighting the office desk or home-office, call for direct lights.
However, there are specific cases, such as a diffused light from a stronger lamp for a reading room, or a direct light of less intensity in the bathroom, to touch up makeup or shave.
Therefore, you need two very clear information, the use of the lamp and its location, if you want to make the best possible choice.
Another very important aspect to pay attention to is the configuration of the room, that is, the conditions of the place where you want to position your table lamp.
The number of sockets available, the distance from the socket to the surface of the future luminaire, the size of that surface, are important information to help in your choice. So, more than the type, you can choose the model with the ideal dimensions.
A base that fits on the table or furniture on which it will be placed, a rod high enough to illuminate what you want, a plug with the wire big enough to reach the socket … All of this will influence the compatibility of the product, and consequently, your satisfaction with it.
Choosing the model with a resistant, safe and durable material is essential to find the ideal luminaire. It turns out that between the different types of luminaire, they can be different.
The only thing that is unanimous is the absence of flammable materials, such as plastic and rubber, next to the lamp, in order to make the product safer.
In addition, in diffused light fixtures, the preference is for more resistant domes, such as glass and porcelain, instead of paper and cardboard. In direct light, metal: in the domes, preferably more dense, so as not to overheat, in the rods, between the articulated ones, and in the claws, in the Clip type.
Lamp and Energy
The energy settings of the luminaire also deserve a little attention, especially to think about its long-term use. So, pay attention to the type of lamp and its energy source.
Luminaires and LEDs, for example, in addition to being more efficient, have greater savings and durability than phosphorescent (yellow) and even fluorescent (white) lamps. More common in ornamental luminaires, “blinker” lights are less intense and less durable.
Another most common thing in ornamental lighting is battery powered sources. Although they make products portable, their economy and durability are closely linked to batteries. Therefore, prefer models that “pull” energy from the outlets.
More of a tip than properly a criterion, having notions of decoration and interior design can help you a lot when choosing your model, especially in terms of design.
Concepts such as harmonization, color point, among others, are very useful when choosing the model that best suits your home and room. You can find materials on this easily in magazines, websites and YouTube videos, like this: