22 Mar

Task Lighting: Just right


When choosing lamps, it is so important that the right amount of light is directed to where it is needed in order to perform tasks such as reading, writing, or working on the computer without strain.  Here are some guidelines that will help you make sure your task lighting is not too low or too high.

The bottom of the lamp shade should be at eye level when you are sitting down, and the lamp is directly next to you.  This is usually 40 – 42″ off the floor or 20″ off the table top.  If the lamp is behind you, then you’ll want to have the bottom of the shade  about 5″ higher — at 47″ off the floor.  A lamp on your computer desk should have the bottom of the shade at least 15″ from the desk top.

Task lighting at the right height reduces eye strain and fatigue — so a few measurements can make a big difference.


  1. Dawn Crowley says:


    I just found your blog and I love it. Who does your photography? See you soon – I NEED some of those wine stoppers!

    Dawn Crowley
    Curtain Queen

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks, Dawn. We take our pictures — although it’s REALLY a pain! Hope to see you soon, Lisa

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