The Different Types of Lamps

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Did you know that lighting is often one of the trickiest areas of office design? Whether it’s for your home office or in a cubicle, lighting is essential, but also difficult to get right. Today, we’re breaking down some of the most common kinds of lamps and their typical uses and sizes to help you find the right lamp for your work situation.

Table Lamps

Table lamps typically measure in at anywhere between 24” to 36” tall – this is measuring from the bottom of the lamp base to the top of the finial (the very top point of the lamp). When paired with end tables or nightstands, the lamp and table combination should measure in at around 58” to 64” high. Table lamps are often used in reception areas and are often quite decorative.

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Desk Lamps

A “desk lamp” is more of a general term that includes lamps of many different shapes, styles and sizes. Most often, desk lamps are considered to be task lights. Task lighting is great for studying or focused work and can help you avoid eyestrain when working with a computer.

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Accent Lamps

Accent lamps are the smallest of the bunch, typically 22” to 24” high. They tend to be incredibly decorative and offer ambient lighting that will need to be complemented by overhead lights for a properly lit space.

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Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are 58” to 64” high and stand alone without the need for a table or desk. These usually offer more light than smaller options and are also quite stylish. A floor lamp can be great for not only properly lighting your office, but also in creating visual interest.

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