Do your eyes a favour – get a desk lampSaturday 31st March 2018 09:00am
Usually, people see desk lamps or study lamps as just another piece of decorating or lightening item to facilitate them in their study or work. But study lamps really do a lot for us.
Desk lamps are extremely helpful for our eyes. The light from the lamp facilitates in reducing strain as we work. Ambient lighting serves, an extremely specific purpose, it assists us in making reading easier as the glare is minimised. With study lamps, you have a better and fruitful reading, while helping your eyes staying stronger as ever.
Picking the right light for reading can be tricky, as reading lights vary vastly in their designs, functions and features. You surely don’t have to be an expert or a lighting engineer to be able to buy a good one, but some basic knowledge wouldn’t hurt.
Whether or not a reading light is the right one for you depends largely on where and when you use it, and what you use it for. There are two important criteria: it should be bright enough to read by, and should have the right colour temperature to create the desired atmosphere.
Did you notice that the lighting condition in a supermarket is different from that in a cafe?
The one in the former is often the case strong, bright white or blue light to enhance the feelings of professionalism, while in the latter, warm yellow or amber light is used to create a friendly, inviting atmosphere.
Such is the importance of light colour temperature. But you don’t have to be an engineer or a psychologist to buy a reading lamp with the right shade. You just need to know which temperature range is the best for a particular reading condition. Whatever you do, you want a lamp that is bright enough so you can see with no difficulty, but it should not be too bright or your eyes will strain.
The brightness level of the light is decided by the lux figure, that is, how many lumens it can emits on a square meter.
As suggested by the US’s National Optical Astronomy Observatory, we need illumination of 250 to 500 lumens per square meter for easy, normal visual task, such as reading, writing, knitting, and working on the computer. For more detailed work like drawing or embroidery, an illumination between 1000 to 2000 lumens per square meter is necessary.
It is also suggested that the darker the surrounding environment, the lower the lux you need for your light. This is to reduce the contrast between the lit area and the darker area, so that your eyes do not have to adjust dramatically when they wander around.
Overall, for the same output, LED bulbs save the most energy, followed by CFL and halogen bulbs. Standard (incandescent) bulbs consume the most electricity.
Every of us is unique and our visuals and preferences are different. But it is worth taking these factors into consideration when you buy a reading light, to make sure the lighting condition is adequate and supportive to your activities.
We can help match the right light to your needs so come in to one of our stores, call or shop online.