Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Table Lamp

When trying to solve a lighting dilemma – all kinds of solutions are tried that waste energy and do little to get the right light in the right amount to the right areas of the room. Because lighting can be one of the most difficult elements of design that many homeowners are unsure of the correct lighting solutions. Sometimes it’s knowing what not to do that makes all the difference. So here are some common lighting mistakes and how to get it right.

 Lamps should be an attractive addition to your home but decorating with light fixtures rather than buying a lamp based on beauty and their light output, performance, and distribution usually results in a less than optimal lighting experience and a waste of costly energy besides. The right table lamp should be both attractive and functional so keep in mind your lighting needs when shopping for a lamp.


A most common question – What is the correct height for an end table, or bedside lamp, or buffet table? The answer to that depends on the height of the table on which it is to set.

 A good rule of thumb when buying a table lamp for an end table is that the combined height of both the lamp and table should not be more or less than 58 to 64 inches high. This rule holds true for all table lamps, floor lamps, or buffet lamps in a room. It helps to give the room a cohesive look.


This is a very common mistake – and most of us have made at least once. A too small lamp on a large table or a very large lamp on a small table will not only make the lamp and table look disproportionate but it will also make the sofa or chair next to it look wrong. Take a look at your table. Is it a big heavy table? It will accept a large visually heavy style lamp. Is the table more petite or thin? The lamp for this table should be a lighter and more delicate style.

 A wide lamp will visually anchor your space. Bedside table lamps often need to be rather wide, but not very deep, because these tables are often only about 16 inches deep. Typically, your table lamp should be no more than 1 ½ times the height of the table it will set on and the lamp shade should never be larger than the table. Light weight lamps are good for less active areas in the room. If you have children or pets, a heavier lamp will be more stable and safer.
When sitting next to a table lamp the bottom of the shade should be at eye level height. If your new lamp is too tall you’ll be blinded by the bulb.


Like the lamp itself the lampshade has to be right as well. The most common mistake with the lampshade is buying one that is too large for the table the lamp is intended for. Choose a shade that has a diameter no larger than 2 inches less than the base height. For example, if your base is 15 inches tall the shade should not be more than 13 inches in diameter or widest part of the shade.

 Shades are usually white or ivory simply because these let the most light through and illuminate the room better. But they don’t have to be. Black or other colored shades direct the light down giving your room some drama with pools of light in various areas throughout the room. You may want to mix various shade colors for a bold lighting statement or choose colors that don’t get lost against your wall color.


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