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IT IS ON THE TABLE!

PH by Poulsen
Ingo Schaer
Written by Ingo Schaer

The range of table lamps extends far beyond the functional desk lamp. Elaborate light objects or small light sculptures can be used to create special accents.

PH by Poulsen

PH by Poulsen

Comfortable light for creative hours: this table lamp has an arched three-part screen shade and thus ensures pleasant glare-free light.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Prior to the purchase you should clarify what the table lamp will be used for. If you want to use the lamp as a work light you should pay attention to the necessary brightness and adjustability of the light output. You might consider lamps which emit indirect light on walls and ceilings, because this is beneficial for a productive work environment. If you want to use the lamp as a mood light, the appearance might be more important. However, we recommend that you still pay attention to the no-glare of light.

Table lamps are small and mobile lighting objects that require nothing more than an elevated space and electricity. Some lamps look even good on the floor.

There is a good reason that table lamps play a special role in your home, because they are not only practical, portable and versatile, but they are also especially decorative. They deliver light easily to where it is actually needed – be it next to your bed, on a side table, on a shelf or on a cupboard. Additionally they can give a room an effective design impulse. Desk lamps also fall into the table lamp category, even if they look more functional and radiate their focused light on your workspace. However, most table lamps are more playful and provide gentler and less bright light. As a result of the less technical and rather creative potential of table lamps you will find a wide variety to choose from.

Table lamps don’t need to hide

 Classic table lamps represent a downsized version of floor lamps with their base, their shaft and their lamp shade. Table lamps are independent light fixtures which will also be noticed during the day. Thus, they differ fundamentally from recessed lighting, which – at least in the off state – stay discreetly in the background and will only be noticed when it gets dark and they are being turned on. Some modern table lamps are reduced to the basics – they only consist of a soft radiant body. These lamps can be placed directly on the floor or in open shelves.

Panthella by Panton

Panthella by Panton

This table lamp from 1971 is a true design classic. The harmonious, soft shapes make it one of the most popular table lamps, even as of today. While the lamp sends direct light downwards, gentle indirect light flows through the white screen.

Master of flexibility

In order to operate table lamps you do not need to drill into walls or ceilings or deal with any installation work. Simply plug the lamp into a socket and turn the light on, and you have light in just a few seconds. The advantage of quick installation is not limited to the avoidance of technical details, but it is evident in the course of use: while pendant or wall lamps stay in the same place over the years – even if your home has noticeably changed – small table lamps can be adapted more easily to current conditions and can be moved somewhere else.

From reading lamp to desk lamp

The distinction of light fixtures based on the type of light prior to any purchase is useful, because you have to determine for which situation they can be used. However, you will quickly notice that most light fixtures emit either soft mood lighting or focused zone light. Due to their small dimensions and their corresponding light yield, table lamps are being used less frequently for general lighting. This is what is more important with regards to this type of light: A table reading light is immensely useful, because it is flexible and can be placed next to a couch or on a bedside table, as long as the direct area light doesn’t blind you. For the use as a reading lamp individual adjustments with rotating or pivoting reflectors might come in handy.

Fiorellina by Slamp

Fiorellina by Slamp

This glittering light decorates your table like a sumptuous bouquet. Its feathery leaves create a fascinating play of shadows and reflections.

Direct illumination of your book or magazine protects your eyes and protects against rapid fatigue. Some light fixtures can be adjusted in height and angle, which gives them a rather technical character. A dimming function can make reading more enjoyable – and is normally not visible. Depending on your needs a bedroom lamp can give you light to read, rest and relax or create a romantic atmosphere. Your bedroom is ideal for soft light and lights with diffusing effect. Poulsen’s Louis PH lamps and Wilhelm Wagenfels Bauhaus lamp from the 1920s are among the icons of the table lamp, just like Verner Panton’s Panthelia. If you think less of classical forms, the bedroom is the place for extravagant table lamps. The low brightness will contribute to relaxing hours – as long as you have a good general lighting as well.

Veramente al Dente by Maurer

Veramente al Dente by Maurer

Ingo Maurer from Munich has created a real treat with his “spaghetti” – light.

Mobile desktop and work lights are also part of the table lamp family. They are usually characterized by a technical phenomenon; their bright light can focus precisely on the work surface. The classics include, without a doubt, Tolomeo by De Lucchi/Fassina (1987) and Tizio by Richard Sapper (1972). Modern desk lamps usually have no lamp shades. Get inspired by the wealth of design solutions and don’t forget: If you keep the light on for longer periods of time you should always use an energy-saving light bulb.

 

About the author

Ingo Schaer

Ingo Schaer

Ingo has been in the lighting business for over 20 years. He regularly blogs about trends and tips in the industry while running one of the most complete contemporary lighting ecommerce sites on the net. Please take a moment to browse his website and feel free to contact Ingo for all your lighting needs.

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