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End Table Lamps
Safety Measures for Side Table Lamps
When decorating various rooms in your home, keep in mind table lamps which not only create a tranquil mood when they are switched on but add an attractive touch when they’re not being used as well. Table lamps come in so many different styles, they can enhance any decorative theme from antique to modern. Of course an overhead light will still be needed for when you need to see something in detail, but soft light is easier on the eyes and encourages relaxation and open conversation. The only downside to table lamps is the potential danger they can pose to a family – especially one with young children. Here are a few things you can do to make your end table lamps more secure.
The most common cause of injury due to a lamp is its cord. Not only is it a tripping hazard for everyone, toddlers can easily pull a lamp on top of them when trying to pull themselves up. To make the area safer, install a cord shortener which will enable you to hide the extra cord in a snap cover near the outlet. After that, all you need is to put in a cord channel from the point where the cord meets the wall down to the baseboard and along the wall until it makes a right angle towards the outlet. The purpose here will be three-fold: the cord will be protected, the tripping hazard removed, and the cord concealed within the channel which will give a cleaner look.
Light bulbs, depending on what kind, can also pose a risk. Many of them burn so hot and if exposed, a child’s curiosity could cause him to get badly burned. There are bulbs that burn at a lower temperature such as an energy-saving bulb. These have also grown in popularity because of their eco-friendliness, however, they create a different risk; energy-saving bulbs contain mercury which is highly dangerous if broken – particularly for kids and pregnant women. One just has to weigh up which is less dangerous for his household. If you look hard enough, you may find energy-saving bulbs that have seventy percent less mercury in them, making them much safer for daily use. However, they must still be disposed of properly.
Many people get so carried away when decorating a room that they decide to drape pretty scarves and fabrics over lampshades to get the glow they want, and they have no idea how dangerous this can be until it’s too late. While a lampshade is made to withstand the level of heat a bulb can give off, a scarf isn’t and can quickly catch alight. Simply by choosing the right bulb and shade for your lamp, you can get any effect you want. For example, a dark lampshade will give a dimmer light than a white one. If you want the option of bright light or dim light, choose a lamp with a dimmer. Also, choose a lower wattage bulb for softer light and a higher wattage bulb for bright light.
Now that you know how to safety-proof your lamps, make the most of them. Keep in mind that table lamps can make your home seem bigger than it actually is. By choosing lamps that are similar in shape and size but differ in levels of light, a varied dimension is created in a room that tricks the eye. If you walk through your home, you’ll probably find a corner that is just wasted space. Consider turning it into a reading alcove by bringing in a loveseat with a blanket and extra pillows. A small table and a couple lamps of your choice is all you need to feature a few of your favourite books and create an ambient reading light. Be creative. Remember it’s a cozy corner like this that adds character and makes your house a home.