Depending on their height, where they are placed, and the kind of bulb that is used, task lighting, ambient light, and accent lighting may be provided by attractive table lamps and floor lamps respectively. Floor lamps typically range in height from five to six feet, while the combined height of a side table and lamp is approximately five feet in most cases. Choose the kind of light you want based on how it will work in the space as well as how the room will look overall.
Types of Lighting
Reading or working on crafts are both examples of activities that benefit from having enough illumination provided by task lighting. Incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs are not as effective as cool, high-contrast light produced by warm-colored LEDs and full-spectrum compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). This kind of light is better at supplying the light that is required for jobs. Reading a book or working on a needlepoint project while curled up on the couch requires specific illumination called task lighting. The amount of light that is produced by an item is measured in lumens; the illumination for the work at hand should be 400 lumens.
When you go into a room and immediately flick on a light switch, you immediately create what is known as the room’s ambient lighting. Ceiling lights, such as can fixtures, chandeliers, or track lighting, are the source of ambient lighting the majority of the time. Ambient illumination is sufficient whether you are either entertaining guests or sitting on the sofa to watch television. The ambient lighting in a living room should have anything from 1,500 to 3,000 lumens, as recommended by Jill Connors of HGTV.
That is exactly what accent lighting does; it draws attention to anything in the space that should be emphasised more than anything else, such as a painting or a collection of pictures. If you have a table lamp that draws attention to itself, such as one that is especially notable, you may use it as accent lighting by placing it next or behind your couch.
Sofa Floor Lamps
When it comes to how high a floor light should be placed, there are no hard and fast guidelines. There are lamps that are much taller than the average floor lamp, such as those that arch over a sofa and come very close to brushing the ceiling, or a spring pole lamp that goes from the floor to the ceiling. Floor lamps typically range in height from 60 to 72 inches, which is equivalent to 5 to 6 feet. If the floor lamp’s functionality is more essential to you than its aesthetic appeal, pick a height for the lamp that corresponds with how you want to put it to use.
When using a lamp for task lighting, the bottom of the lampshade should normally be positioned such that it is at eye level. This prevents people from accidentally looking up into the lightbulbs. Move the lamp a few inches away from where you are sitting if the light bulbs can be seen from where you are seated. This will prevent you from being blinded by the light bulbs. If you are at a shop and don’t have a precise measurement of where your eye level is while you are sitting on your couch, you may estimate it by measuring the distance between the tips of your outstretched fingers and the elbow on your opposite arm. Lampshades in the living room and shades in general should be proportionate to the lamp; for example, you shouldn’t use a little shade on a tall lamp or a big shade on a short lamp.
Table Lamp Dimensions
Table lamps should also be placed at eye level, whether they are placed on an end table opposite the couch or on a console table behind it. This guideline applies regardless of where the light is located. It is important that the bottom of the shade be at eye level. The ideal height for the total height of the table and the lamp should be somewhere about 5 feet; however, the dimensions of the couch and the other items in the room, including the lights, should have a larger role in determining the precise height.
The rule that lighting should be placed at an eye level must make an exception for torchieres and other types of lamps that point the light upward rather than downward toward the couch. These work well as background or accent lighting rather than task lighting. If you want task illumination, a traditional table lamp fitted with an LED or CFL bulb would suffice. Table lamps that are adjustable provide you the ability to move between task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Robert Highsmith, a design expert at Workstead, suggests installing dimmers on each bulb in a room so that you are able to make changes as necessary. This will enable you to have more control over the ambience.