Purchasing for Clamp Lamps – The New York Instances

Shopping for Clamp Lamps - The New York Times

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.

LED clamp lamp from Industrial Facility for Wastberg

$ 205 at Horne: 877-404-6763 or shophorne.com

Adjustable steel lamp designed by Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921

From $ 520 at YLighting: 855-548-9339 or ylighting.com

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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