A standard desk lamp is by no means the only way to create a cosy area for reading or browsing the internet. In fact, there are lots of options for turning your reading corner and the area around your sofa into a cosy retreat. Contemporary designs — often with an adjustable gooseneck — can transform your favourite place to chill out into an eye-catching, creative space. Or if you prefer reading in bed, there’s more to reading lights than the classic bedside lamp.
Take an armchair or a sofa, add a floor lamp and your cosy reading corner is almost perfect. But for an added dose of cosiness just add comfy cushions, snug blankets and warm, dimmable white light. Oh, and your favourite book or tablet of course.
What happens when you lay a plush rug or carpet, add an armchair and side table and finish the whole thing off with a delicate table lamp that emits a cosy white light? The perfect atmosphere to immerse yourself in your favourite book.
When your reading corner is lit from behind or above, it makes flicking through your favourite magazines even cosier. Wall-mounted lights not only create a restful atmosphere, they’re a guaranteed attention-grabber when friends call round for coffee.
A classic uplight provides pleasantly bright, indirect light into a room and often comes with an extra reading arm light. But times have changed and the days of uplighters with identical designs and features are over. Now they’re available in a range of exciting designs to suit a reading corner of any style or taste.
Think pendant lights are only suitable for hallways and dining rooms? Then think again, because they’re ideal for bringing beautiful mood lighting to your reading corner too. None more so than in small rooms with limited space, which makes pendant lights more practical and a stylish alternative to a classic floor reading lamp or ceiling light.
When you’re reading or browsing in bed, you want feel-good, cosy lighting while you do. So you’ll be happy to hear that not only do we have a range of classic bedside lamps available. But there are lots of floor, pendant and wall light options to choose from too. Just make sure you don’t stay up all night narrowing down your choices.
Frequently asked questions about reading lamps for your reading corner
How many lumens do you need to read?
There is no right or wrong answer here. When it comes to brightness, it all depends on your personal preference and the texture and colour of your walls and furniture in your reading corner, which may reflect light and play a role in the right lumen brightness for your room.
Which light colour is best for reading?
As a reading corner or bed is a place to relax and unwind, the light colour needs to create a cosy atmosphere. A warm white light colour of less than 3,300 Kelvin is just right.
Which reading lamp is suitable in the bedroom?
If you like to read in the evening but share your bed with a partner, you need to make sure your lamp gives off a cosy warm white light that can be dimmed on both sides of the bed. This means you’ll still have enough light to read by while your partner enjoys forty winks.
Which light bulb is suitable for the reading lamp?
We’d recommend LEDs. But if you think they're inferior in terms of cosiness to classic incandescent bulbs, it’s actually the opposite. LEDs not only save you money on energy and last longer but they also don’t get as hot as their incandescent cousins and give off a cosy, white light that helps you to relax.
How many watts do I need for a reading lamp?
Most bulbs these days are measured in lumens, not watts. But don’t panic, below you’ll find our watt to lumen comparison guide:
What additional features make lights for the reading corner even more attractive?
There are many popular additional features for reading corner lamps, like dimmable bulbs or reading lamps with a clamp that attach to a headboard, couch or armchair. Or for the more tech-savvy, there are models available with USB ports for charging tablets and smartphones. And for people who love intricate crafts or often misplace their glasses, a reading lamp with an integrated magnifying glass is an absolute must.
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