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Choosing the right desk lamp

Back-to-school is the perfect time to set up a home office. Retro looks, brilliant colours, wood or metal designs . . . Your desk lamp is a precious ally! Not only does it serve as a decorative piece, it’s also essential to creating good working conditions. It impacts your visual comfort and well-being. Here is our expert advice on finding the right light for your needs.

The right profile

To provide adequate lighting in your work area, choose an adjustable, directional light with swivelling arms and a tiltable shade. The perfect height? At least 40 cm to make sure the light covers the entire work surface. If you prefer a larger light, turn towards a floor lamp following the same criteria.

The perfect lighting

There are four types of light bulbs, each with their own characteristics. Choose the type that best suits your needs.

Incandescent light bulbs

The good old light bulbs that we’ve been using since way back when! These bulbs usually generate warm light and offer a lifespan of 1,000 hours. However, they will most probably be phased out as the manufacturing of certain models is now prohibited in Canada for energy conservation purposes.

Halogen light bulbs

These small bulbs, which generate white light and come in various formats, have revolutionized lighting design! Often used for work lamps or reading lights, they’re known to faithfully reproduce colours in their natural environment. They do, however, give off a lot of heat. The lifespan of halogen bulbs is approximately 2,000 hours.

Fluorescent light bulbs

Energy-saving light bulbs consume 4 to 6 times less energy than incandescent bulbs. Their higher cost is clearly outweighed by their lifespan of approximately 10,000 hours—10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Light-emitting diode (LED) lights

Despite their steep purchase price ($15 to $20), LED lights are undoubtedly the most wallet-friendly option due to their 50,000-hour lifespan, on average, lasting 10 to 20 years! LEDs render daylight lighting without shadows. What’s more, they’re very strong and don’t emit heat.

Criteria for making the right choice:

  • Level of precision involved in your work
  • Use or not of a computer
  • Decorative purpose of the light
  • Your budget
  • Light-scattering efficiency

Did you know?

As you get older, less and less light reaches your eyes. Research shows that people that are 60 years of age need twice as much light as 30-year-olds to properly make out details.

Our three favourites

The SUSPENSION lamp (by Modern Forms)
For its high level of performance and USB functionality
It features a progressive design reminiscent of suspended bridges, cranes and levers. Equipped with a 180-degree adjustable arm and a dimmable, high-power LED, as well as a USB socket to easily recharge your mobile devices.
Price: $374 on sale for $299.00* (*until September 30, 2017)
Available in black and titanium.

 

The EBON WAY lamp (by Renwil)
For its cost-effectiveness and look
Chic, chic, chic! The EBON WAY reading light is simply superb with its antique gold structure and marble base. Unlike other such lamps, this reading light isn’t bulky, which allows you to set it on any desk and use its adjustable head.
Price: $158 on sale for $126.00* (*until September 30, 2017)
Available in antique gold.

 

The AMSTERDAM lamp (by Arnsberg)
For its great versatility
Featuring a 100% German design, this lamp includes a base to set it on furniture, a bracket to attach it to the side of a table (a real space-saver!) and a wall mount bracket. Its arm moves in all directions and its switch is located on the head for easy access.
Price: $174 on sale for $139.00* (*until September 30, 2017)
Available in white and black.

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