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Students heading off to college need practical, glare-free task lighting from desk lamps for those long nights of reading and studying (or at least that’s what they tell Mom and Dad!)
Proper desk lighting is critical in preventing eye-strain and fatigue, especially in the first couple of months back at school as a student’s eyes readjust to the long hours of reading and computer work.
The solutions are many, and depend in large part on personal taste and style. halogen desk lamps by Holtkoetter provide a contemporary twist, while the architect’s desk lamp, banker’s lamp and Mission styles provide more classic solutions. Whatever your choice, look for adjustable designs that will allow you to aim the light throw from the lamp as needed. New LED desk lamps offer energy savings and a super long life, so your student won't have to worry about replacing bulbs.
Whatever desk lamp you choose, the lamp should be placed so that hand shadows don’t streak across your work. If you’re right-handed, this means placing a light source on the left hand side of your desk.
Other lights, such as clip-on lighting and floor standing accent lights, can be used to create more general room and mood lighting.
And then there is the enduring style of cool retro lava lamps, whose morphing blobs have been gracing college dorm rooms for decades.
Personal desk fans can add a nice cooling breeze, especially around heat-emitting laptops and PCs.
Have questions about what kind of lighting is best for your student? Contact Lamps Plus for product recommendations. We're here to help!
We have additional tips and videos about study desk and office lighting. Check out one of our additional articles and videos with one of the following links.
1. Lighting for Readers
2. Lighting Tips for the Perfect Study Space
3. 5 Lighting Ideas for Teen Study Spaces
4. Tips for Buying an Office Chair