Three Things to Know About Reading Lights

When it’s time for lights out but you just have to finish the chapter.

Want to keep on reading in bed without disturbing your partner? Perhaps you just need a bit of extra light in your favorite reading nook when dusk falls, or maybe you love camping but hate having to juggle a torch to read before you sleep. Your life could be so much better, if only you had a reading light. Here’s what you need to know.

Variable Brightness

This gooseneck lamp easily attaches to almost any surface for illumination where you need it most. It’s also available in black and silver. LEPOWER

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Think about what you need your reading light for. If you’re always going to want it in the same place, then a small clip-on light that can be angled as you need it will do the job nicely. The advantage of a corded light is that you don’t have to worry about running out of battery or charge, as you do with a cordless device. The disadvantage, of course, is that you need to be near a power source so if you’re a committed camper, or don’t have a power socket near your bed, this probably isn’t the right option for you.

Doubles as Nightlight

Gentle, flicker-free illumination that’s easy on the eyes and offers up to 30 hours use on a single charge. Hooga

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Consider the type of light that you want to read by. Some reading lamps will have settings that allow you to adjust the brightness, but it’s also worth thinking about the color, or temperature, of the light. You might be familiar with the difference between cool white and warm white bulbs—the former is a more blue-tinged light, while the latter has more yellow in it. If you’re concerned that blue light might keep you awake at night, you can buy blue-light blocking reading lamps that have an amber tint to them and are said to help signal to the brain that it’s time to sleep.

Hands-Free Design

Ergonomic and wearable, this lamp weighs little and can be adjusted for any lounging angle. Glocusent

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Don’t keep your reading lamp just for reading. These small, lightweight and directable light sources can have many uses in and around the home, especially if you’re doing fiddly work—such as knitting, jewellery-making or repairs of any kind. And, the cord-free versions are invaluable for travel, especially if you want to read on a dark plane or bus when everyone around you is sleeping.