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Lighting Tips Lamp Placement

Last Updated on May 13, 2015 by Steve Brielmaier | 1 comment

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  1. For reading, place lamp alongside your shoulder, with the bottom of the lamp shade even with your head. Extra tall lamps should be moved back two feet if possible.
  2. Use several lamps in a living room to avoid shadows and dark areas. (One standard lamp will illuminate 40-50 square feet.)
  3. Desk lamps should focus light on the work surface and be adjustable. The light should be about 15 inches from your desktop.
  4. You generally want to position the lamp 36 inches or less from the item to be lit.
  5. Be sure your lamp is proportional to your room and furniture. (e.g. A small end table should only hold a small lamp.)
  6. Chandeliers should hang approximately 30 inches above your tabletop and be 6 inches narrower than your table on each side.

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  • EILEEN C HOLTZ

    This was precisely what I was looking for. My friend continues to try to read without proper lighting and won’t listen to my advice. Now I can print this out and show him. Thank you.

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