Whether you are studying, working, reading, or writing from home, you need a designated workstation with a study desk lamp that provides clear and bright light. Working for extended hours under dim light can strain your eyes and make you less productive.

This blog will discuss five things you must consider before you buy a lamp for your study space.

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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Study Desk Lamp

1. Quality of the Light

When selecting a study desk lamp, you should opt for lamps with bulbs that provide clear and bright light. LED lamps are a popular choice because they are energy efficient (they can save up to 90% energy compared to a standard light bulb) and offer versatility.

You must focus on the following two characteristics when buying a lamp for your study space:

  • Color Rendering Index (CRI): It measures to what extent colors look true to light beneath a given light source. Since the ability to view contrast while working and studying is vital, this characteristic is especially important with desk lamps. Look for LED lamps that have a high CRI rating (preferably between 85 and 100).
  • Color Temperature: This is a standard measure of a light’s appearance. It refers to how “warm” or “cool” a light looks.  LED lamps with a color temperature spectrum of 2700 K to 4500 K give off a pleasing and clear light to work underneath.

2. Adjustability

Another factor you should consider is adjustability. A study desk lamp must be adjustable to minimize glare and fine-tune the placement of the beam depending on the task you are carrying out on your desk. A desk lamp should have several possible articulation points, such as swing and boom arms, swiveling heads, and goosenecks.

3. Placement

When buying an adjustable study desk lamp, make sure that it is flexible, has a long enough arm, and can shine light where you need it.

It would be best if you placed the lamp in a way that no shadows cast on your desk while you work or study. If you are right-handed, place the light source on the left side of your desk to avoid shadows and vice versa. If your computer is placed on a desk, make sure that you buy a lamp that illuminates the desk and keyboard without causing any glare on the computer screen.

A general rule is that a light source must never be in your direct line of sight. It must be positioned higher than your head but out of your eyes. Placing it too low might not provide enough coverage for your work area, and placing it too high can cause the light to become too diffused.

4. Size

For small desks, clip-on lamps or lamps with small bases are ideal since they help save desktop space. For large desks, you should consider buying a study desk lamp that has an extra reach (such as a swing arm design). You can also add other light sources in the room to ensure that light falls on your entire workspace.

5. Switch Positions

It’s best not to buy a desk lamp that requires several extension cords or is insanely difficult to connect to the power supply. Turning your study desk lamp on and off should not be difficult at all. Some good on-off switch options can include base switches, touch operations, and pull chains.

Contact A Lamp and Fixture Corp. For All Your Lighting Needs!

Ready to buy a lamp for your study space? Get in touch with A Lamp and Fixture Corp. today! We have a vast collection of antique and modern lamps, lighting fixtures, sconces, shades, and canopies. Visit our showroom located at 3181 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 or call us on 773-866-0220 to speak to our customer representative.