A Table Lamp And A Desk Lamp Are Not The Same
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A Table Lamp And A Desk Lamp Are Not the Same

Many people do not realize that there is a difference between a desk lamp and a table lamp. They are not actually the same thing, and there are differences that set the two apart. The purpose of lamps made for tables and those made for desks are not the same, and the designs of each reflect this difference in purpose. For this reason, using a table type lamp for lighting a desk, or a lamp made for tables on your writing desk, does not result in the best use of the lamp.

Table models commonly have more decorative elements than desk types of lamp. While either kind of lamp could be use for reading, a table type lamp shines best for lighting that is illuminating more of the room and accentuating other decorative features.

In contrast, desk type lamps are best suited for lighting a task, like reading, writing, or sewing, and these kinds of lamps are usually used on a desk or placed on a shelf.

There are many designs of lamps made for tables. Sizes can differ greatly. Finding one that works with any existing décor is not hard. Many models have finely crafted shades and bases, and they come in a wide selection of materials from metal to porcelain.

Lamps designed for desks are usually not as varied in design. Most are made of metal or plastic, and the choice in color is usually limited as well. What they lack in appearance is made up for by their practical uses.

Table lamps, by comparison, often are a central element in a rooms décor. Larger ones can dominate a space like a table top, and they are often best when placed alone where they can be appreciated for their design and artistry. A table lamp can be a spot-light on its own beauty.

A desk lamp is not going to take up so much space. They do well on the side of a desk or at the end of a shelf. Some models have features that allow the lamp to be clamped to a surface or hung, depending on how they are to be used.

Using a table lamp on a desk can lead to eye strain and take up space. Using a desk lamp to light your living room might look less attractive than using a decorative table lamp for the same purpose. Each type of lamp has its place in a well lit home.


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