A harshly lit bedroom is never a pleasant thing, and we recommend lots of different lighting in the room for different situations. For bedside tables, we generally go for something relatively small and subtle, either a classic table lamp on a smaller scale than we might use in a living room, a desk lamp for more directed reading, or a wall lamp for a soft glow without taking up valuable bedside table real estate. Here are our favourites to buy now, from simple wired wall lights to decorative lamps.
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What is the best bedside lamp for reading?
If you have the inclination, a desk lamp or task light with an adjustable arm can be very useful if you want to read without disturbing the other person in the room. However, in our experience these tend to offer a harsher glow than traditional bedside table lamps. With that in mind, look for something with a dimming setting or dimmer switch so you can be more versatile with the amount of light given off. Pooky’s Phileas lamps are the sweetest little lights and, since they are battery powered and dimmable, they fit the bill for this nicely.
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