The term “mobile light” is highly specialized, but it fits perfectly with the topic of this article. The subject of our conversation is non-stationary lamps– those for fastening which literally do not require “no nails”. Note that it would be more correct to call the usual “floor lamp”, “table lamp”, “night lamp” simply lamps, each time specifying their type (floor, table andt.P.). But we decided to do without professionalism, and use in the descriptions the vocabulary accepted in everyday life.
So much has been said and written about the decorative role of light in the interior that now, it would seem, it is only necessary to briefly summarize and think about how to use the knowledge accumulated over the centuries in the design of your own home. But not everything is so simple. First, fundamentally different artificial light sources– halogen, fluorescent, incandescent lamps– exist in a modern interior on an equal footing. Secondly, the design of lamps is so diverse that it is extremely difficult to group them even by style. ATBecause of this, seemingly unshakable rules are subjected to serious testing. For example, the well-known statement, according to which a wall lamp, a chandelier and a table lamp located in the same room, should be the same in design, now it does not sound as categorically as it used to. On the contrary, we are urged to experiment and combine what previously seemed incompatible. Do you consider yourself a conservative? Well, so much the better, then it will not be difficult for you to use traditional recipes.
Around the world
Before embarking on a long and, we hope, exciting journey, we note that there are two fundamentally different views on the role of light in the interior. The first is related to functionalism in design and architecture. Its adherents are sure that lamps should be purely practical items, unobtrusive and not decorated in any way. The light is beautiful in itself, you just need to correctly distribute it in accordance with the characteristics of a particular residential area. The second view of the same problem is essentially the opposite: light is beautiful, but this does not mean that there is nothing to add to its radiant charm. On the contrary, there are thousands of ways for this, known to artists and designers.
So, first of all, it is worth considering whether you are ready to pay a certain amount for this most embellished charm, from which, in general, there is no particular benefit. If this statement sincerely outrages you and you say that aesthetic pleasure, comfort and originality also belong to the category of useful things, then decor plays a decisive role in choosing a lamp model.
Lamps of different types– halogen, incandescent, luminescent (including energy-saving),– as we have already said, peacefully side by side in a modern interior. ATIn connection with this, the problem inevitably arises: what kind of light sources to prefer? The tungsten filament of incandescent lamps emits warm (in our sense– cozy) light. Halogen and fluorescent sources are economical, but their glow seems “cold”, therefore, more “office”. BUTis this prejudice? After all, the design of the lamp and the type of lamp– things are interconnected. ATRecently, luminescent sources have become very popular in Europe. It is under them that many designers create their projects. ATIn our country, consumers still prefer the good old Edison light bulb (it hasn’t changed that much in 150years of its existence). And the point is not only its low cost (although an energy-saving lamp is almost 50times more expensive). Above all for us still– tradition.
A lot of research has been done on the effect of light from various lamps on color. For example, ladies who claim that certain lighting does not change the color of the skin for the better are absolutely right. So, some types of mercury lamps (by no means all) can give faces a greenish tint. It is not recommended to highlight food sources with cold tone. Meat with a bluish tinge … Brrr! By the way, you should not forget about this when choosing the color of the ceiling or lampshade.
Now, armed with a minimum of necessary knowledge, we can rightfully go on a “round the world” trip around our own home. It begins, as usual, in the hallway. You do not have to be a great specialist to guess the inappropriateness of portable lamps in this area of the interior. However, as you know, stereotypes do little to help creativity. ATAs an example, let’s take one of the latest developments in the field of design. Company LUCEPLAN (Italy) presents without exaggeration the universal Chichibio model ($350). The diffuser made of matt polycarbonate is mounted on a telescopic rod with a spring-loaded shock absorber base. We raise the bar until the ceiling (it is closed from above, so that overheating is impossible) rests against the ceiling (the height of the model is 220-330cm), fix it, turn it on… The lamp turns into a kind of shining “spacer” that takes up very little space. Such a model is especially justified with a low ceiling, since diffused light visually raises it above less lit walls.
Table lamps arranged symmetrically on shelves on both sides of the mirror,is also an acceptable solution. ATIn this case, the room becomes much lighter and seems to be wider.
Living room– the front area, which, as was customary from time immemorial, should be literally flooded with light. “However!– you say.– How uneconomical! “Perhaps. But we do not arrange balls and ceremonial receptions every day, and five or six beloved friends and the same number of relatives may well come to visit at the same time. In this case, a fairly bright general light is needed (a chandelier, for example). However, it all depends on the situation.If the living room and dining room are separated, then a dim local light is enough for a friendly (not table!) conversation. An extremely successful option that combines general and local light,– floor lamps with an additional “folding” lamp, necessary when reading or working. This is the Tulip model (28000rub.) from the company GROSSMANN (Germany).
It is difficult to give a definite answer to the question of where exactly to install a floor lamp. Portable lamps exist for that, so that you can change their location at any time. As a rule, they are placed next to an armchair or sofa.– on the left and a little behind, so it is most convenient to read and carry on a conversation. No less complex and, to tell the truth, almost inexhaustible question about the design of floor lamps. The classification can only be the most approximate. For example, according to the shape of the lampshade or the material from which it is made.
In terms of shape, the classic cone never seems to go out of style. Its advantage lies not only in traditionalism, it is also understandable from a functional point of view. The cone optimally scatters light (only the sphere, which is still less popular in our homes, can argue with this shape). Floor lamp 3516 (20500rub.) by PALE (Spain) and a table lamp Conica (7000rub.) from COPYRIGHT (Italy) are among just such models. For the manufacture of lampshades, fabrics are often used, both natural (linen, cotton) and artificial. There are also more complex options. Let’s say the lamp shade Lucilla from LUCEPLAN made of Nomex fabric, which literally “does not burn in fire and does not sink in water” (that is, it is not afraid of overheating and easily tolerates washing in a conventional washing machine). By the way, suits for Formula 1 racers are sewn from the same fabric. In addition, designers willingly use paper, leather and even fur.– sometimes extravagant solutions quickly become traditional.
Glass– the material is as traditional as it is conducive to all sorts of experiments. FROMhe is directly associated with another extremely popular and fashionable motif, far from minimalist canons,– floristic. The living room, turned into a kind of Garden of Eden (expensive, but beautiful!), Will amaze the imagination of any guest.
As the BELLART company (Italy) rightly notes, its Deco collection (table lamp– eight000rub.)is “not only light sources, but also exquisite details of the environment, design inspired by nature.” ATSoffio collections (35000rub.) “flowers”, “bushes” and “trees” seem to sway in the wind. Separate thin stems are collected in a bunch and intertwined with a petal … It’s hard to believe that all these “stems” and “leaves”– nothing but wrought iron. The flowers themselves are handmade from excellent Murano glass. A similar technology (and hence the price) is inherent in the Ca’ d’oro and Sora luce collections by SYLCOM (Italy). Less expensive, but no less charming floor lamp КА-032.44.Н.С. (eleven700rub.) and table lamps KA-032.72.N.S. (four160rub.) and KA-032.73.N.S. (5500 rubles) from KAAL INTERNATIONAL (Austria).
Touch lamps have become part of our everyday life for a long time, but their ability to respond to touch, the warmth of hands and just someone’s presence in the room still causes delight, mixed with slight bewilderment: how does it all work? We will not go into technical details, we will only say that such models are usually very economical and at the same time amazingly effective. Sensotec table and floor lamps (from$180) from STEINEL (Germany) are equipped with presence sensors and a soft start system. You just need to enter the room for the sensors to work. The unpleasant groping for a switch in pitch darkness is thus canceled.
The MATHMOS Bubble Lamp (a fun ball with a translucent silicone shell) is enough to squeeze in your hand to make it shine with a soft colored light. Table lamp Agaricon LUCEPLAN resembles a large mushroom, on the plastic cap of which there is (just like a fairy tale!) a magic ring. You must touch the ring and do not take your hands away until the light acquires the desired brightness.
A table lamp, we note, is not an indispensable element of the living room decor. But very often, manufacturers offer kits that include a chandelier, a floor lamp, a sconce and a table lamp, which is fully consistent with the classic principles of decor. The Galassia and Venere collections, developed by LAMP (Italy), are restrained and minimalistic, although not only nickel, but also luxurious gold is used to finish metal parts. Such lamps are good next to strict geometric furniture.
The problem of stylistic conformity, which we have now touched upon, is extremely important. You can not choose a lamp only on the basis of “liked”. This decor element in itself is too bright (in every sense), often defining the compositional center of the interior. Let’s do a little “comparative analysis”. Before us are two models: Bamboo floor lamp (40,500 rubles) companies MASCA (Italy) and floor lamp Gala ($200) from PAULMANN (Germany). Formally, there is some similarity between them: tubes – “stems” and cylindrical shades – “flowers”. But in the first case, the model literally copies the structure of a bamboo stalk (for greater resemblance, designers use leather as a finish), and in the second, it is a geometric and stylized embodiment of the same motif. ATAs a result, the first lamp is suitable for an interior in an exotic or ethnic spirit, and the second one will harmoniously fit into a minimalist environment.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, as you know, created a unique multi-colored “favril” glass (it is colored in the mass with special reagents, it can be matte or polished) and began to make his stunning three-dimensional stained-glass windows (pieces of glass are soldered together using the thinnest plates of copper foil), which included also semi-precious stones. However, since then the famous irises and dragonflies have been reproduced more than once by various factories working in the tiffany technique. In addition, there were also decorative innovations. For example, the designers of the Spanish factory TIFFANY LAMPS offer lampshades with geometric ornaments (an unprecedented phenomenon for the Tiffany style, which arose on the basis of the refined and artsy Art Nouveau). There were also small lamps in the form of animal figurines. There are models in which the pattern is only a frame, and most of the lampshade remains one-color (another obvious departure from style). Similar models can cost from$200 (which is already acceptable) and above (the upper bar, as you understand, is not always possible to designate).
Bedroom– the only room where the decorative and functional role of light is almost equal. Here you can completely abandon the general stationary lighting. Small and original lamps (all kinds of night lights are especially good in this regard) perfectly create an atmosphere of intimacy and peace. Of the mandatory rules, we can only mention that the light should in no case be direct (only diffused and soft). ATthe bedroom has the most favorable conditions for experimenting with color. Stained glass and simply colored lampshades, filters, gels– there are dozens of ways to “color” the light.
The effect is truly magical. The lamps of the MATHMOS company (Great Britain) are very mysterious and bewitchingly beautiful. Inside their gel-filled glass or plastic case, oily colored droplets move up and down. There is little light from these devices, but the atmosphere is unique. Experiments with color filters are no less popular. Many leading manufacturers such as FABBIANARTEMIDE (Italy) and many others color the light in this way.
Happy Candle Rechargeable Table Lamp ($190-236, depending on modification) from LUMEN CENTER (Italy), thanks to the built-in RGB system, changes the spectral colors. You just need to press the top of the lamp and hold it until the desired color appears. If you turn the top, the colors will begin to change themselves.
Acrylic lamp housing Omega ($117-240) by DI VETRO (Italy) is available in several bright colors. BUThere is the Net/Lg lamp housing (7360-14050rub., depending on modification) from COPYRIGHT consists of two parts. The inside is made of polycarbonate and the outside– from natural straw. ATIn this case, it is not so much the light that is important, but the spectacular openwork shadows.
Work is work…
Whether you have an office or not is not so important. The question is, do you have to work from home. And further– whether your work activity is connected with long-term sitting at the computer or viewing business papers. For a computer and desktop, decorativeness, you see, is less important than functionality. Here are light portable lamps in a simple high tech style.– perfect option.
Company BILUMEN (Italy) designed the collection, as if specially designed for workaholics. Clothespin lamp Isy pinza (5670-5880rub., depending on the modification), its version with a clip Maxisy Morsetto (7300rub.) and floor lamp Maxisy (12150-13200rub., depending on modification)– it is functional and conceptual. BUTfor those who do not refuse home comfort at the workplace, table lamps are suitable. For example, the model Lisa ($360) from LUMINA (Italy).
The choice of a lamp for a nursery is directly related to the age of the child. ATIn this case, there are no universal solutions. It is necessary to think over the smallest details, because mistakes can be extremely expensive. Let’s start with restrictions. What should NOT be in the nursery under any circumstances. Direct glare not allowed– just scattered and soft. Ordinary cone lampshades will not work here– the baby can look at the light bulb from below, which will cause irreparable damage to his vision. Up to seven years, you should not place lamps with glass shades and lampshades in a child’s room, even if the sales assistant swears to you that they are absolutely durable and safe. The design will withstand a ball hit, but who guarantees that an inquisitive experimenter will not take more effective measures, such as hitting with a tennis racket, ruler or hammer? By the way, a light bulb can also break, so it’s better to choose a ceiling without any holes so that the fragments remain inside. All wires (not to mention sockets)– get out of sight. After all, you can not only pull them, but also … gnaw! Do you think we’re talking about some incredibly aggressive kids? Nothing like that, all of the above tricks can be done by any kid, being in the most pleasant mood.
But enough about the problems. Lamp in the nursery– a source of magic and joy. He– part of the game and everyday life. Company LUCEPLAN developed the original Fortebraccio model ($200-250) especially for the child’s room. This is a table lamp with halogen lamp, absolutely protected and safe. Low voltage, special cushioning system (even if the baby hits the lamp with all his might, it will only gently sway), finally, a modern and stylish design– all the data to become the object of your attention!
Night light in the nursery– a special topic. It should be dim, “lulling”, capable of dispelling a nightmare and calming in an instant. ATunlike “adult” bedside lamps, it is not suitable for reading. Toy lamps are extremely popular, by purchasing which parents solve two problems at once. Edi Robot ($348) from DESART LIGHTING (Italy)– a collection of robotic lamps. For those who are already over … five,– a wonderful toy and no less wonderful lamp. Plafonds of funny Ballon balls from the company BILUMEN white, blue, pink and yellow colors are made of plastic.
When your child becomes a schoolboy, in addition to the general and purely “game” light, “working” lamps are required. Their choice is no different from the choice of similar models for an office or living room. The light on the left and a little behind is ideal in this case too.
Miracles and quirks
There are things that can hardly be “fitted” to the definition of a particular style. They are funny, which sometimes does not prevent them from being fabulously expensive, and extravagant, which sometimes does not affect their value in any way. Paradox? Not at all, because fantasies have no boundaries, including price ones.
A kind of rethinking of floral motifs was presented by DI VETRO. Model Biosfera mini ($128-168, depending on the modification) has a special recess in a solid body of Murano glass, designed for … a flower pot. It is included in the kit and is made of insulating materials that protect the plant from overheating. Company ALMERICH (Spain) combined an exquisite flower lamp with a delightful vase for fresh flowers in the Crystal model. Petals of stylized “daisies” Flower and colorful “bags” Jolie from FLAVER (Italy) are made of Murano glass. The Tensile lamp from the same manufacturer is assembled from curved wooden elements. According to BELLART, light has always inspired poets. That’s why the Charta floor lamp is decorated with a Murano glass “scroll”. Very expensive and equally amazing are the 250F5GR, Hollywood and Broom models from BRAND EN VAN EGMOND (Holland). A metal “brush” or “branchy tree” in the living room will cause a lot of talk among your friends. Do you like it? Then go for it! Amusing “banks” Barattolo (1400-1700rub.) from COPYRIGHTinside of which, instead of jam or pickles, lies a colored cable rolled into a ring.
Do no harm!
Unfortunately, the owners of houses and apartments do not often remember the notorious SanPiNs and GOSTs, city (federal) lighting standards andt.n. And in vain, since all these mandatory and recommended rules are extremely important. Not only for our interior, but also for ourselves. Therefore, we strongly recommend contacting specialists. As a rule, everyone is interested in the type of lamps (see above) and the rules for operating the lamp (here you should study the technical data sheet). By the way, there are truths that have long passed into the category of worldly wisdom. For example, it is well known that it is not worth turning off the lamp for a short time even in order to save money. This will cause the lamp to burn out faster. Those who replace the lamp with a more powerful one also make a mistake.
Do not forget that, no matter how beautiful your lamp is, safety measures (jokes are bad with electricity!) Should be strictly observed. Quite often, various built-in devices take on the role of “defenders”. For example, a dimmer protects against unpleasant fire-hazardous surprises such as network overload, although its main function– regulation of illumination. FROMWith a simple toggle switch or remote control (some dimmers can be programmed) we “turn down” or “turn up” the light, which is extremely convenient. Operating safety and comfort– Things that are closely related.
And so, the “circumnavigation” came to an end. We have bypassed areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, but in these areas the use of mobile lamps is not particularly common. Some people recommend a floor lamp in the bathroom “to create atmosphere”, but, frankly, atmosphere can be created in some less troublesome way (bathroom and kitchen lamps definitely require special safety measures).
As for the prices for the “bright dream”, they are as diverse as the assortment. According to experts, the labor intensity and build quality of a particular model have a decisive influence on the cost. The materials, however, are also important. From plastic to Swarovski crystals– thousands of options.
The editors thank the salons “LUMINATOR”, “PILE DESIGN OF LIGHT”, “LIGHTING SALON ON MALA ORDYNKKA”, “TIFANY” for help in preparing the material.