Desk Lamps

Written by Dina Kayed
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Your desk can get a lot of traffic; that is to say, you might use it for a wide range of different tasks. Any desk needs at least one source of concentrated illumination to help you carry out all your tasks with ease and efficiency. Desk lamps are also a great addition to any decor where overhead lighting is not enough by itself. Desk lamps are a versatile form of supplementary lighting that can make a big difference to the look of a room when used together with an overhead lighting system.

Picking Desk Lamps

It will help you to find the right desk for your needs. Simple details could make a big difference. For example, the type of bulb the lamp uses, the type of switch, and wattage amounts are all key aspects of good lighting. You can identify the type of bulb any lamp uses from the letter in the description. Examples are: C for cold cathode, F for fluorescent, H for halogen, I for incandescent and L for light emitting diodes.

Halogen lamps are a good choice because they provide a white light that gives a very natural effect. Fluorescent desk lamps conserve energy, however, and emit less heat, although their light is not quite as pleasant to work by. Incandescent desk lamps provide less illumination--50 percent less than halogen lamps, in fact, so you need to take this into account. Whether the style of your desk lamp is traditional or ultra modern, it will create a work-friendly desk area for your office.

Desk lamps are very important to students. Long nights of studying and homework mean that overworked eyes need all the help they can get. A student's desk lamp should be of practical design, and glare-free to prevent eye strain and fatigue. Place your lamp on the opposite side of the hand you write with. If you are right-handed, for example, you should place the lamp on your left side. This is so your hand shadow will not fall across your work and obscure the view.

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