Small table lamps can benefit a space in many ways. You can put them on your bedside table to read in the evenings, in a cosy corner in the living room or on a desk for more focused lighting. Designed as secondary light sources, small table lamps are made this size as to not overwhelm the already-small table they’re on.
What are the benefits of small table lamps?
How bright should a table lamp be?
This depends on the size of the area you want to illuminate and what kind of lighting you expect. For general purposes, such as reading and writing, the 450 lumens provided by small table lamps for bedrooms, for example, are plenty. The Philips Hue Iris table lamp works well in most environments since it can provide an output up to 570 lumens but can also be dimmed down with the Philips Hue app to tone down the brightness.
How to use small table lamps
Small table lamps are great for showcasing a particular object or a special feature of your home. Using one for highlighting a small area will also provide visual separation for that part of the room. The Philips Hue Bloom or Philips Hue Iris can both be aimed up to wash the wall with light, letting you play with colours and positions to create a unique look. Dim down the brightness and bathe your space in a soft glow for a more subtle look.
The best spots for a small table lamp in the living room
A much-loved reading nook, your designated side of the sofa, or a dark corner of the room are perfect places for a table lamp. Looking to create some ambience in the space? Aim the lamp towards a wall or place it behind a piece of furniture. You can also try putting your lamp behind the TV, where it will provide indirect light and create light uniformity throughout the room. The best part of small table lamps? They’re easy to move, so you can experiment with their positions and locations until you get the perfect look!
*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness.