Mike Chino

15 Green Lamps to Light up Your Life

by , 02/11/11

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Bedroom Lighting Tips

When it comes to lighting your home, there are a few little technicalities to consider — but thankfully they’re easy. Lets start with bedrooms, which are actually one of the easiest areas to light in your home. For general lighting you have three options: a flush-mounted fixture, a semi-flush mounted fixture, or a chandelier. Chandeliers can only be used if the bottom of the chandelier is at least 6 feet from the ground — more space is preferable unless it’s directly over a bed, in which case no one will be hitting their heads on it. The question of flush-mount vs semi-flush mount is also simple — the advantage to having a semi-flush is that light bounces of your ceiling, so you get more illumination for your buck — but of course it also depends on your style.

Supplement your general lighting with table lamps for good ambient lighting, and remember these table lamps aren’t for reading — lower wattage is great here! You can save energy with lower-watt lights that are gentler on your eyes if you need to turn them on in the middle of the night. If you do read in bed, purchasing a task light instead of a table lamp could be a great idea to maximize the light when reading and save your eyes from straining. In general floor lamps can also be used in bedrooms that do not have power in their ceilings. In this is the case the best thing to do is to look for a torchiere-style floor lamp which typically uses a high watt fluorescent to shine light at your ceiling so it can reflect and light the room.

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16 Comments

  1. youngjooroh February 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Yay~ LEDs!

  2. jimena February 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Great designs!!!! Are they for sale or still prototypes??? If they are being sold, it would be helpful to have a link to the point of sell. Tks

  3. electric38 February 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Lets get the cost down on those LEDS!!
    It appears that there is a “get the old ones off the shelves” attitude with regard to this money saving technology.
    Why are these bulbs still in the $20-$30 dollar range. This discourages sales and keeps them out of the hands of those who could use the break on their power bill.

    Use the example of the new auto plant in michigan that uses solar energy for manufacturing power. This plant also uses plenty of robotics (solar powered robots? who whudda thunk it). This is a tremendous way to compete with the Chinese labor cost and export our products.

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  5. Nadaman February 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    When you said circumference, I think you meant diameter. 1/2 the circumference (plus a few inches) of a round table would have the chandelier overpowering the table. Essentially you are recommending a chandelier of slightly more than half the radius, maybe 55% of the table width.

  6. Hazel Saunderson February 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Yves Béhar’s designs always manages to impress me & this leaf lamp is no exception, love the clean lines. (Although the traffic cone light is pretty awesome too!)

  7. Beth February 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wow! That Bic Pen chandelier would shed some light on my writing endeavors! Great post- very illuminating!

  8. Andrew Michler February 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    The Lendino Table lamp is some funky stuff- I really am finding out how much I dislike overhead lighting.

  9. David Brodeur February 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    So many great options! I wouldn’t mind having that traffic cone one…

  10. Julie Knapp February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love that all of my apartment’s overhead lights are on dimmer switches, and the light in my vestibule has a motion sensor.

  11. Jasmin Malik Chua February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I need some of these lamps in my life!

  12. Adam Schwartz February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Recycled Coffee Stirrer Lamp by Studio Verissimo is pretty incredible. That must have been grueling work!

  13. Rebecca Paul Rebecca Paul February 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome lights! I think people often forget how much lighting enhance the look and feel of any room!

  14. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The Bic Pen chandelier is my fave!

  15. Diane Pham Diane Pham February 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    love the lamp options!

  16. Jessica Dailey February 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I really love the etched yellow cylinder lights… they remind me of my favorite sculpture by Eva Hesse.

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