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Old 01-21-2019, 11:27 AM   #1
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Opinions on best bedside lamp setup


I currently have the master bedroom gutted for renovation and I need to decide what type of bedside lamps I will use and how they will be controlled. I will be doing the electrical work so cost and complication of installation is negligible. The questions are:


Table lamp or wall mounted? (I don't like hanging lamps)


If wall mounted, where is the best place on the wall to mount it relative to the mattress surface and mattress side


How should it be controlled? A) switch/pull cord on each lamp B) wall switches by bed, or C) 3 way switches by bed and door


What do you think and why? Thanks!
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Receptacles definitely placed on either side of proposed bed location. Never could figure electricians out when they put a receptacle directly behind a bed. It's sort of like dining room hanging lights. They are NEVER centered over where the potential table will go.

I would control general lighting from a switch near the door as you enter. For bed lighting it is convenient to have switches, but not necessary if the table lamps are reachable. My wife likes her sconce lamp to read by, but it is operated by touch control, and not a switch.
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We have a ceiling fan with a light that operates from the entry door
and from the bedside as well.

We have table lights on our nightstands that
are reachable from the bed. Our headboard is wicker and iron; I took
advantage of the iron part (on my side) and have a small clip
on goose neck lamp for reading. Itís a small one with a short goose neck.
We also have outlets behind the end tables.
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Those tacky touch lamps which look like they're from the 70's are great for the bedside.

I'm surprised no-one mentioned smart plugs or switches. Nowadays, you don't even have to reach over and touch the lamp. Just say "Alexa, turn off the bedside lamp."

Some day I may join the 21st century.
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We have a ceiling fan with a light that operates from the entry door
and from the bedside as well.

We have table lights on our nightstands that
are reachable from the bed. Our headboard is wicker and iron; I took
advantage of the iron part (on my side) and have a small clip
on goose neck lamp for reading. Itís a small one with a short goose neck.
We also have outlets behind the end tables.
I had considered putting the main ceiling light on a 3 way switch by the bed also. Do you find it useful or do you end up never using the bedside switch?
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Those tacky touch lamps which look like they're from the 70's are great for the bedside.

I'm surprised no-one mentioned smart plugs or switches. Nowadays, you don't even have to reach over and touch the lamp. Just say "Alexa, turn off the bedside lamp."

Some day I may join the 21st century.
We have Alexa, operating the lights in the Living Room (4 lights) and the Family room, (2 lights)
but not in the bedrooms. The living room lights are on
timers as well.

I have one of those tacky lights in a guest room.
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I had considered putting the main ceiling light on a 3 way switch by the bed also. Do you find it useful or do you end up never using the bedside switch?
We use it all the time.
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Do you find it useful or do you end up never using the bedside switch?
Which side??? Veeewy important. Or go to a 4 way switch and install one on the other side as well.
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Never could figure electricians out when they put a receptacle directly behind a bed.
Thatís the buyers problem. The receptacle was there first.
:-)

More seriously, the electrician was most likely working on a job were the builder or developer specified either NEC minimums or lowest price.
You can do up to a 12x12 room with 4 receptacles by centering them in the walls.

The electrician knows better than most that the bed is going to cover one of them. However, he has to make his customer happy, not the eventual buyer.
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We had wall mounted lights on swinging arms in a couple of houses. They're okay until somebody decides to rearrange the bedroom. Our current house has half switched outlets with a 4-way on one side of the bed. It's not really handy because the builder mounted it too close to the corner of the room.


I vote for switched table lamps but do like the idea of the clip-ons if your headboard accommodates them. No experience with Alexa, Siri or any other techy controls. Do they still sell the Clapper?
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Another way would be to put a smart switch on the wall at the door and use remote controls to turn the lights off and on. That with another switch for general lighting would work, too.
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one of the nicest, more recent things Alexa can do is that you can whisper commands and she can whisper back so you don't wake anyone up. Great for turning off outlets when the significant other is sleeping.
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Table lamp or wall mounted? (I don't like hanging lamps)
I despise lamps at eye level. So if an overhead light or pole lamp isn't an option. I would choose wall mounted light above eye level.
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I'd use remote switch outlets with a tableside lamp. My father uses a touch lamp, not tacky at all. Saves him from fumbling for switches. But I have a third in storage since the first didn't last very long. It is frost glass barrel and light is not too bright to read by. I don't know what it is with the quality, but one goose neck wall sconce sank with led bulb, I think the cooling and the electronics made the bulb too heavy.
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Re: Opinions on best bedside lamp setup


One of my condos had built in reading lamps in the bed area. I hated them because it made it so the bed /had/ to go there, even though the bed would have been a lot better on the other wall. They were also a major pain to paint around (though that was related to the lamps themselves.)


My vote would be put in outlets on either side and use nightstand lamps.
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