Whether you want to update your nightstand or illuminate a work area, Pottery Barn’s collection of bedside lamps has the perfect design for any room. We offer a variety of styles, from sleek to rustic and everything in between.
How to Find the Best Bedside Lamp for Your Home
You’ll want to consider the size, style and color of your bedroom lamp before you buy. For example, you may prefer a taller or wider shade, depending on your decor. You’ll also want to consider how much space you have around the base of the light.
The height of your lamp should be just long enough for you to reach the top while lying in bed, but not so high that it glares into your eyes. Likewise, you’ll want the bulb to be just bright enough for you to read in bed, but not so harsh that you strain your eyes from squinting.
A good rule of thumb is that you should choose a light that emits around 400 lumens. This is the same amount of illumination that you would get from a six-watt LED bulb, so it should provide ample light without being too bright or overpowering.
Using a dimmer switch, you can create different lighting ambiances for your bedroom and throughout the rest of your home. For example, you can set a low-brightness option to relax in the evenings while reading or a higher-brightness setting to wake you up for the day.
Another great tip is to opt for a lamp with a soft, light-filtering shade that can be adjusted to the brightness you need. A hardback lamp with a drum shade is a great choice for this purpose, because it provides a diffused, soft glow that won’t make your skin itch or cause you to squint.
If you like your table lamps to stand out, try an eclectic lamp like this one from CB2. It’s a fun, whimsical piece that’ll complement a contemporary, rustic or coastal aesthetic.
This versatile lamp has a metal base that’s crafted in tonal brass or black with brass accents. It features an adjustable arm and a cone-shaped shade that you can move to your desired angle. It has an on/off rocker switch and a built-in USB port for charging your electronic devices.
When paired with a dimmer switch, it will create a cozy ambiance that’s ideal for relaxing and reading in bed. It’s also a great fit for modern, farmhouse and lodge-style decors.
How to Choose a Bedside Lamp That’s Perfect for You
A bedroom needs plenty of ambient light to function properly. Ideally, you’ll have an overhead light with a dimmer switch, a floor lamp or pendant hanging in a dark corner and two or three bedside lamps on your nightstands.
You’ll also want to consider the wattage of your bedside lamp. You’ll need a higher-wattage lamp if you frequently read in bed or if you have an older child who has trouble seeing. Bedside lamps shop