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What to take into account when choosing table lamps

Table lamps have a triple function: they illuminate, decorate and create atmospheres. From more traditional locations such as bedside tables to less expected places as bathrooms, table lamps are useful and necessary items. As there are infinite options on the market, in this article we promise to show you what to take into account when choosing your next table lamps so that they adapt as much as possible to the needs of your home and your expectations.


 1. The place where the table lamps will be located

It isn’t the same function that the table lamps located on the bedside tables have as those that are in the living rooms, bathrooms or corridors. The room and the needs of it open a range of possibilities related to: the function, the decorative imprint, the intensity of the light, the atmosphere to be created, the color or the size of the lamp, among many other aspects.

If you’re looking for the best table lamps for your moments of reading or study, we recommend this article that we have written in the past.

 2. The color and shape of the shade

Both the color and the shape of the table lamp shade play a fundamental role that goes beyond aesthetics. By this we mean that the color will influence the tonality and intensity of the light that it lets through from the bulb, and the shade shape will define the direction and projection of this light.

For example, the Archy table lamp has a cylindrical lampshade with a single light outlet, ideal directional lighting to place in front of a wall or pointed towards the ceiling, letting the light bounce off the surface do its magic. In addition to being characterized by its elegant style, Archy is sustainable: its manufacture is based on 100% recycled gypsum waste that would otherwise have been thrown away or incinerated.


Table lamps such as Annapurna, having tubular lampshades with double output, allow light to pass through both the top and the bottom. That is why these lamps are more suitable for a rather general lighting and with a clear objective that seeks to create a specific atmosphere.

It’s interesting the effects that some shades can generate between light and surfaces. This is the case of Mekong, a table lamp that, thanks to its interlaced bamboo strip lampshade, makes nearby walls become canvases for shadows and lights to create their art.


 3. The material of the table lamps

First of all, as a sustainable furniture marketplace we cannot fail to suggest that in your next purchase you prioritize ecological materials and contribute in this way to a more environmentally responsible production and consumption system. In this sense, remember that in the table lamps section of our website you have more than 40 of them to take a look at, all sustainable designs.

Here we’ll mention some examples of sustainable materials. First of all, natural fibers, such as linen, which by its nature lets light pass through with greater intensity than other textiles. In general, linen shades are plain designs and of a single color. We refer to table lamps such as Everest and Kilimanjaro from Good & Mojo.


Then there are those made with paper, like the Orikomi, more ethereal with an extra touch of warmth; in cork as the Mantu, which has an adjustable lampshade to modify the intensity of the light; in glass with a cooler light like C_WTL_90; and even in papier-mache: light, resistant and original, as Bellota.

 4. The way to turn them on

Otro punto a tener en cuenta es el método que se utiliza para prender las lámparas de mesa. Si bien esto tiene que ver más con las preferencias de cada persona, también lo enAnother point to take into account is the method used to turn on the table lamps. Although this has more to do with the preferences of each person, we also find it interesting in terms of practical experience. You can opt for a traditional switch-on system, or for touch lamps, such as Delamp. This table lamp has the possibility of regulating both its inclination, thanks to the anchoring of its two main pieces of wood, and the intensity of its light from the tactile dimmer incorporated in it.


 5. The temperature of the light

Finally, don’t forget the importance of the temperature of the light. The light bulb should be condescending to the function that will be given to table lamps. Those that radiate a warm light, contribute to creating cozy and relaxed environments, while those that correspond to a cold light are ideal for reading or study spaces as they enhance concentration and focus.

Test the lesson

Now that you know what aspects to look for when purchasing new table lamps, we invite you to browse our section of more than 40 sustainable designs and find those that best suit your preferences and the needs of your home. Click here!