If you need more light in a room but don't want to hire an electrician to install a hard-wired light fixture and there is no space for a table lamp, there is a simple solution: the clamp lamp.
Attached to the edge of a desk, bookcase, wall shelf, headboard, or other hard surface, it quickly brings lighting to an awkward, dark corner.
"The real beauty lies in its versatility," said Max Worrell, partner at New York-based architecture firm Worrell Yeung. “It can focus very well on a task at the desk, but it also has the ability to shine upwards or against a wall for more general, diffuse lighting. That’s really convincing. "
Even the famous architect Luis Barragán used articulating clamp lamps in his Mexico City home, as Mr. Worrell noted, where shelves, tables and walls had adjustable lighting.
With a clamp lamp "the function of the light can be adapted to the person", he said, regardless of "how you want to experience the light".
How adjustable is it? According to Worrell, different models can be pushed, swiveled and articulated in different ways. So consider whether the lamp offers enough flexibility for your requirements.
Where is the switch? "Sometimes the switch is on the cord, which can be a bit of a problem," he said. "Others have it on the socket."
Is the clip big enough? "Some have more of a binder clip attachment," said Worrell, "which may be limiting." Screw-based models offer a larger bite.
Short arm lozenge
LED clamp lamp from Industrial Facility for Wastberg
$ 205 at Horne: 877-404-6763 or shophorne.com
Lampe Gras 226 Clamp table lamp
Adjustable steel lamp designed by Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921
From $ 520 at YLighting: 855-548-9339 or ylighting.com
Hector Medium Dome Clip Light
Lamp with bone china shade
$ 299 at Original BTC: 646-759-9007 or originalbtc.com
Steel clamp light with optional wall bracket
Over $ 16 at Ikea: 888-888-4532 or ikea.com
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