Trying to choose a bedroom reading light can be as difficult as any other decision, with just as many considerations. As a short list, you have to think about how much space you have available, what kind of light you need, and whether or not you may need to use the light with a sleeping partner. While some lights are designed to hang on headboards, a lot of people opt for the side table lamp, and some choose a personal light that mounts on books.
Most bedroom lights that people tend to use for reading are lamps. Common features of these lamps include small size or light output, the light itself being controlled by a switch in a central position both partners can control, and maneuverability. If you do commonly read while your partner is sleeping, or vise versa, definitely consider a central control switch in case one of you dozes off and the other needs to turn off the light.
Other types of common lights designed for reading in the bedroom include headboard-mounted and shelf-mounted lights. Most lights of this make have long necks for easier positioning, and are made to provide more direct light for reading. The problem with these lights are in the actual purpose itself, considering anybody without a headboard has a much harder time finding a use for these lights. While some of them can instead be attached to the wall, it does tend to limit the positioning ability and cannot be as easily moved if needed.
Some lights meant for reading are actually attached to other lamps, or may be used generally for other things. A desk lamp can be moved over to a side table by the bed to be used a reading lamp. Some floor lamps have a second light attached about halfway up the device that is mounted on a longer neck, used to position it. These are made for reading while sitting in chairs, as floor lamps are commonly placed near recliners or sofas. However, keep in mind that all of these types of lamps do tend to provide too much light to not disturb a sleeper, and should be used carefully or not at all while your partner is asleep.
Book lights are miniature lamps that can be positioned easily, and are made to attach directly onto a book, usually by a clip of some sort. These are very common for the typical nightly reader, as the light they provide tends to not cause a glare on any pages, and is just enough to make it easy to read without causing any excess light to spill over onto your partner’s side of the bed. They can also be clipped onto e-readers, and are very affordable.
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