Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big bedside lamp test 2021. Here we present all the bedside lamps we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best bedside lamp for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a bedside lamp.




Summary

  • Bedside lamps create a pleasant atmosphere in the evening or early in the morning. Some table lamps are also equipped with a dimmer or adjustable levels.
  • Bedside lamps come in a wide variety of sizes and designs. It is important to find the perfect brightness level for yourself.
  • Bedside lamps come in a wide variety of price ranges. Everyone must decide how much comfort the lamp should offer.

The Best Bedside Lamp: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a bedside lamp

How bright should a bedside lamp be?

This is difficult to say, because it depends entirely on your own habits in bed. For bookworms, for example, a directional light is recommended - preferably a bedside lamp with a swivel arm.

This way, the lighting can be directed precisely at the book - regardless of the sitting or lying position.

A bedside lamp not only has a specific function - to provide light in the bedroom - no, it also has a decorative value. Whether vintage or modern is up to you. (Image source: pixabay.com / simonprodl

Evening readers should look for a bedside lamp that also works well as a reading lamp. So that there is the right light for reading and the eyes are not so strained.

Special reading lamps are also suitable for reading. A warm white light is definitely preferable for a bedside lamp. Unless the lamp is also to be used for make-up, in which case a neutral white light is better. But this should be necessary in the rarest of cases.

How should a bedside lamp be equipped?

Dimmer

With a dimmable bedside lamp, the brightness can be adjusted perfectly. For reading, it shines brighter; when you want to be romantic, the light intensity is reduced. Such bedside lamps are available with touch or cord dimmers, for example.

Did you know that there are also bedside lamps with additional functions?

Some prove to be particularly practical with a built-in radio alarm clock or Bluetooth speaker.

LED

If you want it to be particularly long-lasting and energy-saving, bedside lamps with LED lighting are recommended.

Many of the lamps available today for the bedside table are already equipped with these light sources. Many of these LED bedside lamps are dimmable, so there is no need to forego an atmospheric ambience.

Material

Brass, chrome or stainless steel - which material should the bedside lamp be made of? The decision is up to you.

How much does a bedside lamp cost?

They are available in a wide range of price categories. Depending on how many accessories are included and how the lamp is designed, they cost accordingly much or little.

Bedside lamp price
Floor lamp 15 € - 60 €
Wall lamp 15 € 40 €
Clamp lamp 13 € - 20 €
Table lamps 10 € - 50 €

Bedside lamps usually start at €8 and can even go up to the €100 range.

Where can I buy a bedside lamp?

Bedside lamps come in all sorts of colours, shapes and designs. As with all other appliances, they can be purchased both in shops and online.

Every furniture shop, including for example Ikea, Lutz, Möbelludwig offers bedside lamps in a wide variety of designs. You can buy them online at Amazon, for example. Specialised sites such as Lampenwelt.de offer a large selection.

Decision: What types of bedside lamps are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types of bedside lamps:

  • Floor lamps
  • Wall lamps
  • Clamp lamps

All types offer different advantages and disadvantages. Depending on whether the lamp is only to provide light or is used as a reading aid, different bedside lamps are recommended. In the following section, we will take a look at how the individual types differ from each other and which type of bedside lamp is best suited for you.

How does a floor lamp work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A floor lamp is a wonderful bedside lamp for your own bedside table. Floor lamps usually have a flexible swivel arm and can thus be brought into the optimal lighting position. This makes it easy to adjust floor lamps to create an optimal reading environment or to serve as a simple light for your own bed.

Advantages
  • Flexible adjustment
  • Optimal light
  • Additional mobility
Disadvantages
  • Additional space for the swivel arm

Because of the swivel arm, floor lamps offer a certain degree of flexibility and also provide some mobility as long as there is a power socket and a storage space. The biggest disadvantage is that a suitable bedside table must exist for the floor lamp and there must be enough space for the swivel arm, depending on the size and design of one's bed.

How does a wall lamp work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The wall lamp hardly differs from the floor lamp, apart from the fact that it is mounted on the wall. This means that no additional storage space is needed and it therefore provides optimal light in the bed.

Advantages
  • Optimal lighting
  • No additional storage space
Disadvantages
  • Fixed mounting
  • Requires space on the wall

Here, too, the swivel arm for the lamp head should be taken into account so that the lamp can be adjusted depending on the lying position. The biggest disadvantage is therefore the fixed mounting of the lamp, because on the one hand space is needed on the wall and moving the lamp is not an option.

How does a clamp lamp work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Clamp lamps are lamps with a clamp or fixing screw and, depending on their size, can be mounted in a wide variety of places. Clamps can be attached to tables as well as to the edge of a bed or a book. Thus, clamp lamps offer more mobility and flexibility than the floor lamp.

One disadvantage is that because of their size, clamp lamps offer less light than, for example, wall lamps or floor lamps. In addition, clamp lamps do not illuminate as well as other types of bedside lamps.

Advantages
  • Great mobility
  • High flexibility
  • Requires little space
Disadvantages
  • Small light source

Clamp lamps are therefore only recommended to a limited extent for use as bedside lamps, but are perfectly suitable for your own home. However, this lamp is also very suitable for use when camping or on the road.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate bedside lamps

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate bedside lamps. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Design
  • Power consumption
  • Size and dimensions
  • Accessories
  • Further

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Design

What is important for a bedside lamp? Actually, a bedside lamp doesn't have to do very much, except provide pleasant light next to your bed. But it should still fit stylishly into the bedroom furnishings.

If you want it to be inconspicuous, it is best to choose a bedside lamp with a slim, flat base, a thin rod and a single-coloured lampshade that is not too big. A bedside lamp doesn't have to be able to do too much functionally either; it's enough if there's a switch on the base or on the cable that you can switch on and off.

Bedside lamps come in many different shapes, colours and designs - so there is something for everyone. (Image source: pixabay.com / PixozDotNet)

So to sum it up: There is nothing to be said against a shapely lamp in a timeless design. This can be chosen in a wide variety of colours and designs.

Before deciding on a lamp design, it is a good idea to consider the rest of the bedroom furnishings. For example, a white lamp goes better with white furniture than with wood-coloured furniture.

Power consumption

To keep power consumption as low as possible, it is best to choose the latest trend: LED bedside lamps.

The advantage of these is primarily their extremely good energy balance: nowadays, commercially available LEDs are at least six times more efficient than normal light bulbs in terms of brightness per watt.

Their lifespan, too, actually sounds quite unrealistic when you think of normal light bulbs: in the very worst case, they only last for 12,500 on/off cycles. This is normally enough for about 15 years. Thanks to the standard sockets, they can easily be retrofitted in existing bedside lamps.

Size and dimensions

Bedside lamps are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes. With this criterion, everyone can decide what they like best and choose the perfect bedside lamp for their own bedroom according to taste.

Accessories

Bedside lamps are now equipped with a number of additional functions. We have created a table for you so that you have an overview.

Wireless charging station for the mobile phone;There are also bedside lamps that charge your mobile phone overnight.

Additional function Description
Dimmer light function Here you can adjust the light intensity, often graduated into bright, medium bright and dim.
LED coloured lights Many bedside lamps can also be used in different colours. This function is particularly popular with children.
Touch function/touch sensors Bedside lamps with touch function can be switched on and off with a touch.
Battery function Bedside lamps with battery function can also be taken on the road, e.g. on holiday.

Further purchase criteria

  • In addition to the main criteria, there are other criteria to consider.
  • Are the lamps equipped with a dimming function? This means that the brightness can be adjusted as desired
  • Is the bedside lamp sturdily built?
  • How warm does the lamp get when in use? If it gets very hot, there is a great risk of burning yourself in a careless moment.
  • Light switch or touch-me function? This is a matter of taste.
  • How bright is the lamp?
  • Do you like the colour temperature of the bedside lamp - especially in the bedroom, a warm, yellowish light should create a pleasant ambience.

Facts worth knowing about bedside lamps

What should I look for in bedside lamps for children?

Children's lamps that turn falling asleep into an experience are a great enrichment for both child and parents. But compliance with certain safety standards is particularly important here. The children's lamp must not get too hot.

This problem can be solved with a large shade that creates sufficient distance between the bulb and the casing.

If LED children's lamps are used, this cannot happen because they are not heat emitters. Moreover, LED lamps save additional energy and can thus reduce the cost of night-time lighting.

How are LED bedside lamps developing?

While the first LEDs did not provide a beautiful light, this has changed a lot in the meantime. The lamps are available on the market in all colour temperatures from daylight white to neutral white and warm white.

Did you know that your bedroom is best lit when you have three lamps?

A combination of room, accent and mood lighting creates a cosy atmosphere. Bedside lamps are accent lights in this respect. A possible mood light would be, for example, a chain of lights fixed above the bed.

With some, the colour temperature can even be adjusted. Everyone can therefore equip their LED bedside lamp as they wish.

Image source: Pixabay.com / simonprodl

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