So here are my findings, the dos, the don’ts, and just some things to consider when getting your next lamp for the kiddies:
The Bulb – LED is the latest and greatest hands down when it comes to the type of bulb you should be considering for your kids lighting. It’s much more efficient and lasts longer than the incandescent and fluorescent counterparts. This will make it friendly for your wallet and your kids will be happy about your consideration for the planet. Also, the light it produces is much more optimized for our digital needs resulting in minimized strain on our eyes. It isn’t overbearing like some fluorescent lighting and it doesn’t generate as much heat as the old incandescent bulbs we grew up with.
The Brains – Today’s best lamps come with sensors that can automatically adopt the illumination to match the ambient lighting of the environment. They also can offer a full spectrum of adjustable lighting tones – cooler tones when the little kids need to really focus on math problems and warmer tones when they are catching up on their summertime reading list.
The Design – The build quality is really important. You don’t want something made of cheap materials if you want to communicate the importance of the area where they study. You also want a light that’s designed to reach into different corners of the kids’ workspace and also illuminate an expansive area as they might be jumping from reading their book to looking something up on their tablet or computer. Finally, you want a lamp that looks cool, a lamp that might put a smile on their faces as they hunker down for a long homework session.
So that’s what I learned. And now I’m off to find that perfect lamp for the kids’ room. It will be LED, it will have ambient light sensors, and it might just inspire smiles on the little ones’ faces.
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