The power of indoor lighting – interior design professionals understand it well. It is referred to as the layering of light and it consists of three important proper uses. These being task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. The use of correct lighting is what makes, or breaks, a room ambiance. If the lighting is not placed correctly everything in the room is affected.
Many people enjoy reading in bed at night as a way to unwind and relax at the end of the day. A lamp to read by is an excellent example of task lighting. In this situation, the use of the ceiling light would be too harsh, not to mention potentially disturbing to one's partner should they be attempting to sleep. Popular forms of task lighting in the bedroom include bedside table lamps and swing arm wall lamp. Wall mounted swing arm lights have been used for years by architects and designers on the drafting tables. Even Dentists use large, industrial-style swing arm lights when working on a patient's teeth.
Some of the benefits of a swing arm wall lamp include:
- Versatility – Sources of task lighting such as wall sconces provided by Access Lighting are good choices for reading lamps in the bedroom. However, what makes swing arm mounted lights the superb choice is the ease in which they focus precise lighting exactly where it is needed. All without disturbing your sleeping partner.They do not take up space on the night table like a lamp does nor on the floor like a floor lamp or Torchiere. In other rooms such as an office, computer room or even a den, library or office a swing arm light is usually placed next to a chair or desk for computer use. There is no constraint to where they can be used as long as there is a need.
- Design Variety – wall lighting is available in a many styles, ranging from rustic to ultra-modern, minimalistic, and traditional. Available finishes sold by Elk Lighting include chrome, brushed nickel, satin nickel, oli-rubbed bronze, gold or brass tones, and even a vintage patina. Wall mounted swing arm lights have a table-like head lamp and are situated on a rotating arm, that allows its user to direct the light in practically any direction needed and even at different angles.
- Installation – Installing wall mounted lamps is fairly straightforward and essentially there are two methods to choose from. The first would be to follow the manufacturer's instructions are to mount it to the desired wall using the hardware provided and plug the cord into the nearest outlet. Some manufacturers will include optional covers for the cords which disguise the dangling cord by matching the lamp's finish providing a cleaner appearance. The second method involves hard-wiring the light directly so that it can be operated by a wall switch as well. The light will appear as part of the wall with no visible cords.
Proper height placement is important when mounting wall mounted lamps. If used in the bedroom then take into consideration the height of the mattress and the height of the person using the lamp. Having an extra person help with this step is useful as they can measure the distance while the person sits in bed. A rule of thumb is that the bottom edge of the lamp be adjusted to about 20 inches above the top of the mattress.