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I AM STRUGGLING TO READ, WHAT IS THE BEST READING LIGHT?
As we get older it can become more difficult to read - we need double the amount of light to read at age 60 than we did when we were 30. Opticians recommend having a good general all round light in the room combined with suitable directional task lighting.
The general light in most rooms is normally provided by overhead ceiling lights. Choose ceiling lights that points down rather than up and with clear shades rather than frosted and use the highest wattage bulbs that the fitting will allow. It is quite a good idea to consider having a dimmer switch fitted as this will allow you to control the level of light - ensure that the fitting and bulbs are suitable for dimming before fitting the dimmer switch.
The directional task or reading light could then be provided by having a floor standing lamp or a table lamp positioned correctly for reading. It is best to choose a light that can be angled. Floor lamps and table lamps are available with flexible swivel heads that can be angled and these are ideal. It is best to position the light slightly behind and above you to avoid the light being reflected back into your face causing glare. If you are right handed position the light behind your left shoulder and if you are left handed behind your right shoulder. The "mother and child" style floor lamps are an ideal choice as a reading light. They provide a good all round level of light combined with a flexible reading arm and most have separate dimming functions. Our reading and craft lights can be viewed by clicking on the following link
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