Choosing a table lamp for the living room

Table lamps are a versatile way to add an element of personal style throughout your home – especially when they’re smart. Choose designs that fit the look and feel of your space (and taste!). But which is the perfect table lamp for your home? Use these tips to find out!

What’s the best place for table lamp in the living room?

People tend to experience more visual comfort in a space when there is a lower light contrast. Table lamps placed throughout a room help with keeping the light throughout the space uniform, lowering the contrast between dark and light areas. 

When placing your table lamps, try to complement the main light source in the room. Place them in areas that don’t catch a lot of light – we particularly like casting a lamp’s light onto a wall in a dark corner. Keeping this in mind, try to choose a spot for the lamp in an area you use frequently to get the most out of its light: next to your favourite reading nook or on a side table near the sofa, for example. 

Do living room table lamps have to match?

No. The lamps you choose will depend on your own personal style and taste. Enjoy minimal, more modern designs? Matching lamps set to a neutral colour palette may be better for your space. Does your home have a more funky, vintage or rustic vibe? Mix it up with mismatched lamps – and mismatched colours of light! 

Is there an average height for table lamps?

Usually, table lamps are between 60 and 92 cm high. Ideally, the height of the table plus the table lamp should be approximately 148 to 162 cm. The Philips Hue Signe table light fits this height range perfectly – and its slender, contemporary design takes up minimal space while still offering a powerful light output.

What are the best table lamps for the living room?

Though you could use any old lamp to light your living room, a smart table lamp can give you many more options than traditional options. With a smart light, you can change the colour and brightness of your lamp with a tap in the app, schedule automations to control your lights automatically, add smart accessories and so much more. For smart lights that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to fit into any home’s decor, check out the Philips Hue collection of smart table lamps.

*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