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Your child's room needs one or more nursery lamps. With a huge selection of different types, colours and shapes, you or your child can choose a suitable lamp for the nursery. It is important that you pay attention to the colour temperature of the bulb, as this can influence the mood in the room. You can buy and install a combination of different types of lamps in the room.

With our nursery lamps test 2021 we want to help you find the ideal nursery lamp for your home and your child. We have compared and described the different types of lamps for you. Based on the advantages and disadvantages, you can decide which lamp is the right one for your child's room. This should help you with your purchase decision.




Summary

  • Children's room lamps are suitable for your children's room to give light to the room. You can decorate the room with different colours and shapes.
  • The Kelvin value of the lamp is essential because the colour temperature can change the atmosphere in the room. A room can appear warmer or colder with a lamp.
  • You can install different types of lamps (e.g. floor lamps, wall lamps and ceiling lamps) in the children's room. Exciting motifs can give the child a lot of pleasure or even help it to fall asleep.

The Best Nursery Lamp: Our Choices

Nursery lamps: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we will draw your attention to some features that will help you decide between the different children's room lamps. With these criteria, you should find your ideal nursery lamp for your home.

The criteria for comparing nursery lamps include:

Below we describe each of the criteria to you more.

Size

Before you buy a lamp for your children's room, you need to decide or know how big it should be. To do this, it is best to measure the potential places in the children's room and make a note of them.

Children's room lamps are available in many different sizes and shapes.

The size of the children's room lamp also depends on the type of lamp. A ceiling lamp can be a little larger than a floor lamp, which takes up more space in the room. If the lamp hangs from the ceiling, you should pay attention to the height of the room.

A ceiling lamp should be large enough so that there is enough light in the room. Ceiling lamps usually have a diameter of about 35 cm. A night light or a floor lamp are often only decorative and can vary in size.

Colour and shape

When choosing the colour of a children's room lamp, you should pay attention to the outer colour of the product as well as the colour of the bulb or light source.

Depending on the gender of your child, different colours and shapes of lamp are suitable. A girl might want a classic lamp in pink or white and a boy might prefer a lamp in a blue or darker colour.

Depending on the type of children's room lamp, different colours and shapes are also suitable.

Depending on the age, the child's taste also varies. For a baby, a white cloud may be suitable as a wall lamp, which brings joy and is still bright enough. Older children usually have their own idea of colours and shapes.

However, it is not only the external colour of the nursery lamp that is important, but also the corresponding colour temperature of the bulb or light source. Light colours are compared on the basis of Kelvin values (K).

The light sources are usually differentiated into warm, neutral or cold. The colour temperature influences the mood of people, e.g. a cold light promotes productivity and a warm light radiates a cosy atmosphere. We have listed the different groups of light colours.

  • Extra warm white: 2,700 Kelvin
  • Warm white: 3,000 Kelvin
  • Cold white: 4,000 Kelvin
  • Daylight white : 6,500 Kelvin

A low Kelvin value means a warm light and a higher value corresponds to a cold light.

Dimmability

Dimmable lamps are highly recommended because you can adjust the brightness of the lamp to the situation. During the day, you can set the colour temperature to be colder and brighter, and dim the lamp in the evening.

Dimmable lamps are highly recommended to be able to constantly change the mood in the room.

This is especially suitable if your child likes to sleep with the light on. You can leave the lamp on during the night without it being too bright and blinding.

Some lamps have a built-in dimmer and for other lamps you need an additional dimmer. However, you must pay attention to the compatibility of the light source. An LED lamp requires a different dimmer than a conventional incandescent lamp.

Whether a lamp is dimmable is always indicated on the product package. It is best to ask for advice on dimmability when you buy your children's room lamp.

Power consumption

When buying a new nursery lamp, it is also important for you to know the power consumption of the product, especially if the lamp is on permanently. On average, lamps consume about 10 percent of your electricity.

A conventional 60-watt light bulb consumes 0.06 kilowatt hours. LED lamps, on the other hand, consume only 6 to 9 watts. So you save between 85 and 90 percent in electricity consumption with an LED lamp.

On average, electricity costs 28 cents per kilowatt (kW).

Halogen and energy-saving lamps also have lower energy consumption than normal light bulbs. Dimmable lamps also generally consume less electricity. We have listed all types of lamps for you.

  • Halogen lamps: The light is very bright with these.
  • Energy-saving lamps: They have a long life and consume little electricity.
  • Fluorescent tubes: Come in different colours and shapes.
  • LED lamps: They last a long time and are efficient.

So make sure you know which bulb you need or buy for your children's room lamp. Normal light bulbs are not economical and are therefore no longer available.

Nursery lamps: frequently asked questions and answers

You surely have different questions regarding the purchase of a nursery lamp. In the following section, we will answer the most important and frequently asked questions. These questions and answers should help you to find the best lamp for your children's room or home.

Who is a nursery lamp suitable for?

A children's room lamp is suitable for you if you want to redesign your child's or children's room. In addition, decorative lamps in different shapes and colours are suitable for your children's room, because children often have a lot of fun with them.

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A children's room lamp is very suitable for decorating any child's room and creating a pleasant atmosphere by means of light.
(Image source: Виктория Бородинова / pixabay)

Depending on the age of the child, other types of lamps are more suitable. A pendant lamp with aeroplanes is especially suitable for little boys who like to watch them when they fall asleep.

Night and wall lamps that come on when the child presses on them and perhaps also change colours are very playful and therefore ideal for a child's room.

What types of nursery lamps are there?

If you want to buy a nursery lamp, there are different types. Each type of lamp is good for something different. It is important that you know roughly which nursery lamp or nursery lamps you want to buy before you make your purchase.

In the following section, we have listed the different types of nursery lamps and described them in more detail. We have also listed the individual advantages and disadvantages.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Ceiling lamp Gives off a lot of light, Various motifs More difficult to install
Pendant and hanging lamps Many motifs, Entertaining Gives off less light
Floor lamp Various colours, Gives off a lot of light Relatively large
Table lamp Practical, Gives off a lot of light, Many variants Takes up space on the table or bedside table. Bedside table
Wall lamp Various shapes and colours More difficult to install, Relatively small
Night lights and fairy lights Entertaining, Decorative, Good for sleeping Fairy lights take up a lot of space

We will now describe each type for you so that you can decide which one to buy for the nursery.

Ceiling light

A ceiling light is attached to the ceiling and does not hang. It is usually flat and often has a diameter of about 35 cm. However, there are also smaller ceiling lights with a diameter of only 25 cm.

Ceiling lights are often plain and come in a white colour. However, they are also available with motifs. Both are ideal for your children's room at home.

Pendant and pendant lights

Pendant and pendant lamps are children's room lamps that hang from the ceiling. They usually have various motifs and shapes, e.g. there is a helicopter or a bee.

These pendant lamps are very entertaining for children, especially when they are placed above the bed. They are usually just for decoration and entertainment, but still give light.

Floor lamp

Children's floor lamps are elongated and rather larger lamps for your child's room. They are usually 1 metre high. You can choose between different motifs.

A floor lamp is very suitable for a corner of the room where your child likes to play or read a book. This way, they have enough light and an exciting motif to look at.

Table lamp

There are various types of table lamps for your child's room. They are very practical because they are not so big and can be used everywhere.

A table lamp is highly recommended for your child's desk so that he or she gets enough light. It is important that this light is bright enough. Your child needs this for working, drawing or reading.

You can also buy a table lamp for the bedside table next to the bed. There are many different colours and shapes. You can also buy a lava lamp for your child.

Wall lamp

A wall lamp is mounted on the wall and comes in many shapes and colours. You can also buy wall lamps that look like spotlights and can be mounted next to the bed.

There are various wall lamps with exciting motifs for small to older children.

Nightlights and fairy lights

Night lights are special lamps for your children's room that you can leave on during the night. They are ideal for your children if they like to sleep with a little light.

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A calming night light can help your child to fall asleep better in the evening.
(Image source: Marie Despeyroux / unsplash)

These night lights can help your child fall asleep peacefully. Often these are plug-in lights, so all you have to do is plug them into the socket.

Fairy lights basically look like garlands and can be hung decoratively over the bed or play area. They create a cosy atmosphere in the children's room. They are very easy to install and give off a pleasant warm light.

What does a children's room lamp cost?

There are very many different types and models of nursery lamps. They are available in different sizes and colours. Some are more elaborate and others are simpler in design.

Depending on the brand and manufacturer, the prices of nursery lamps vary. We have therefore found the prices and written them down so that you can compare them and have an idea.

Art price range
Ceiling lamp approx. 2.50 - 230 €
Pendant and hanging lamps approx. 20 - 170 €
Floor lamp approx. 37 - 115 €
Table lamp approx. 8 - 130 €
Wall lamp approx. 15 - 160 €
Night lights and fairy lights approx. 5 - 30 €

As you can see from the prices, the price ranges of the individual children's room lamps vary greatly. However, the lamps can cost even more if you buy it from an expensive brand or designer.

What are the alternatives to a nursery lamp?

Nursery lamps are available in different shapes and colours, which can bring your child a lot of joy. However, there are also alternatives to nursery lamps. We have listed other options for you.

Type Description
Lamp You can also buy a normal lamp, i.e. not a special lamp for children. Especially for a ceiling lamp, which usually does not have a childlike shape, a lamp from the normal department is suitable.
Lamp with control There are some manufacturers on the market who have developed lamps for lamps with a control. You can control or change the colour and brightness of the lamp with a remote control. So you can change the colour from a normal lamp, e.g. to light blue.
Spot Another option is to install spots on the ceiling. The shape of the spots are basically the same and provide a lot of light in one room. This means that the children's room is always sufficiently lit.
Do it yourself (DIY) Of course, you can also make a lamp for the children's room yourself together with your child. You can buy a normal paper lamp and decorate it. This way, your child has a very personal lamp, which she may even have designed herself.

A mixture of different alternatives to normal nursery lamps is very suitable. For example, you can buy a normal ceiling lamp and use a remote control to change the colours instantly. Besides, you can design a paper lamp together with your child and hang it up.

Conclusion

By means of one or more children's room lamps, you can decorate your children's room at home and give the room a different atmosphere. With the help of different colour temperatures, you can make the children's room appear warmer, colder or neutral.

When buying a lamp, you can choose between different types, colours and motifs. It is also advisable to choose an energy-saving light source, especially if your child likes to sleep with a night light or decorative floor and table lamps are on all day.

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