Wednesday March 16 2016

A lamp that gives more than light

A bedside lamp can either be on a table or on

A bedside lamp can either be on a table or on the floor. But wherever you place it, it will look nice. Net Photo 

By Betty Ndagire

Bedroom lighting might seem like a minor idea since most people think the bedroom is just meant for sleeping. However, some people use it as a place where they cuddle for a movie, finish that last bit of work and get up to face the day. But let us be honest, trying to do all of that in the dark would just be a nightmare.

Elena Nakintu, an interior designer at Royal Interiors Decorators in Nateete, says one effective way to brighten up your bedroom is by having bedside lamps. This is because the bedroom is your source of refuge, a personal intimate living space. What decoration you use to personalise your room can create a certain desired mood ranging from calmness, inspiration to even confidence.
Nakintu says little light hinders other activities, such as reading, dressing, and getting ready for bed. Since no single fixture can effectively serve all bedroom lighting needs, it would be better for you to install bedside lamps to brighten your room which as well makes it look chic.

Nakintu advises that, “Agree on what you want to do in the room, and then choose appropriate bedside lamps. Computers and reading corners in the bedroom need directed lighting. For sitting areas, request for softer, shaded bedside lamps. Most bedrooms have a central ceiling light that is often used to light the entire room. But you really cannot make one type of light serve all the purposes,” Nakintu explains.

She adds that avoid shades on lamps that are too opaque or else your bedroom will be too dark. She further explains that the fixtures may look nice, but the lamps will not be as functional.

“When buying a bedside table lamp, pick one with a softly bright shade and spare a moment to learn how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed,” she says .
“The height for these bedside lamps is 24 to 27 inches tall from the base of the table on which they stand. Putting a tiny lamp on a big table or a small table with a towering lamp often looks awkward.”

Nakintu adds, “While lamps don’t have to match, the look is more pulled together if they do.” The tops of the lamps should be the same height; if your lamps are slightly off, disguise by putting attractive books under the shorter one’s base. And if you don’t have a lot of table depth to play with, use an oval or rectangular shade rather than a round one.”
Nakintu says these bedside lamps are important because they can be a great excuse to add something fun, stylish and unique to accessorise your room. Table lamps on bedside tables or nightstands are a classic option that provides a good sense of balance to a room.

Other than that, she says, children demand extra light for homework areas, the toddlers’ nursery requires an installed dimmer or serious lamp that allows parents enough light when checking on their little one without waking them up.
Additionally, “For those people over 50-years, they need more light to see well as their eyes are more sensitive to glare. For their maximum comfort, they should make sure bedside lamps are bright enough and covered by shades or bowl type fittings.”