What is the best book light for reading?

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A Night Owl reading light is a great choice
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The correct book light for reading can make all the difference for night owls

Reading is not going to be a pleasure if you canít see. Straining your eyes is not the objective. Additionally, if you are reading because you have to (school assignment) and not because you want to, donít give yourself an excuse not to read by attempting to do so in inferior lighting conditions. The results of reading with bad lighting include fatigue, eyestrain, inability to concentrate and headaches - and that's just to start.

What is the best book light for reading? The perfect reading light is capable of being angled correctly for your position. A good reading light provide the correct illumination for the particular environment that you are in.

A regular incandescent light that is positioned slightly behind and above your head is a good choice. Ideally, your head should be quite a bit higher than the book you are reading for the best results. The reading material should be 14 to 18 inches away from your face and there shouldnít be other light sources in your field of vision.

You can try a wall attached reading light that is ideal for nighttime-in-bed reading. You wonít bother your snoozing partner who is intent on getting some uninterrupted shut-eye even though you just HAVE to finish your book tonight because it's that good. A gooseneck arm lamp allows you to
position the light so that it is directly where you want and need it to be. Swing arm lamps are also a great choice because you can position them exactly how you want them to be.

When positioning the light, direct the light so that it comes over the shoulder of the eye that has the best visual acuity. Which eye is that? Close, one eye and try to read with the other one. Switch and close the other eye and read with the now open eye. Which can you see with the best? If itís the right eye, you should direct the light over your right shoulder.

When you use directed lighting this means that the light can be adjusted to focus the light exactly where you want it, which is on your reading material.

Naturally, a higher wattage bulb produces more light, but you should never use a bulb that is higher in wattage than what has been recommended by the manufacturer. 

Incandescent light is good to read by. The light that it provides is yellowish. This type of light is commonly found in table and desk lamps. Another type of light that is good for reading by is the halogen light which is very white and bright and can improve the contrast between the print you are reading and the background that the print appears on. However, halogen produces a lot of heat which you may not like, and it is too bright for some people.

According to the Macular Degeneration Partnership, liquid electrical display lamps or LED lamps provide a good quality of light that isnít harmful to the eyes. Fluorescent lights cast a blue-white light. There are no shadows, and the light covers a large area. However, it can increase glare so this might not be optimal for reading.

As individuals age, they tend to become increasingly sensitive to glare which the wrong light source can produce. The proper lamp shade will eliminate glare by using a tint on the shade or polarized glass. Read in an area where the light is not going to bounce off reflective surfaces. If you canít avoid doing this, cover the shiny surface with a piece of paper.

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