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10 best bedside lamps

Add a little illumination to the bedroom with a stylish light

The best bedside lamps leave space on the table for your essentials. That could mean a slim base or footprint, or a wall-mounted version that frees up the space altogether. 

Traditional lamps have full heavy bases and fabric shades. These offer diffuse light that gives your bedside an ambient glow that’s good for winding down with. Modern lights have industrial details, including metal shades that can be angled and fabric-covered cables that are designed to be a feature. 

Bulbs are rarely included with bedside lamps. Aim for a product that works with several types making replacement easy in future. 

Ceramic bedside lamp: £45, Cox and Cox

One subtle detail on this calm and neutral lamp from Cox and Cox lifts it from being ordinary. The ceramic body has yellow taupe glaze dripped over an off-white base, giving this traditional-style lamp a crafted feel.

The white cotton shade gives diffuse light that’s perfect for relaxing or reading with. The 11cm diameter base leaves plenty of room on the nightstand.

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Vico table lamp: £36, Oliver Bonas

Lately the trend for naked bulbs has migrated from cool bars and coffee shops into our homes. This concrete lamp (really a bulb holder) feels smooth, has a tactile fabric-covered cable, and a smart brass trim.

The vintage bulb isn’t included, but that means you can choose whether opaque, clear or tinted suits best. Oliver Bonas recommends long-lasting Tala bulbs (£29-39).

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Normann Copenhagen rise wall lamp: £73, Houseology

This cute Danish design is a great space saving alternative to a table bedside lamp. It’s small, so a grand bedroom isn’t necessary. It’s wall mounted too, so the cable doesn’t have to be wired in. 

The shade is powder coated metal with a choice of five colours – even white or black looks good in contrast to the ash base. Works well if you want it to disappear, or provide a colourful accent. 

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Home Collection Alana table light: £32, Debenhams

This charming little light has a swivelling head, so you can use it to direct light where you want. The looping base of the metal frame means it takes up hardly any space, and the gold effect finish contrasts well with the matte shade.

It takes a small 28W golf ball bulb, just enough for bedside reading and other tasks. It comes with a two year warranty. 

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Amorine lamp with shade: £54, Maison Dumonde

If you’re a fan of classic French style, the Amorine lamp might just pass for an antique. The sculpted body has grand style, but petite dimensions keep it bedside suitable.

The conical grey canvas shade does a good job of providing ambient light, and highlighting key items on the surface of your bedside table. It comes with a French plug, and needs an adapter. 

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Design Project by John Lewis No 045 wall light: £60, John Lewis

Best for directional light, this lamp has a swing arm, and a moveable head. It frees up bedside space, and requires little work to install.

This light has the designer look (without the price tag), and the black and brass finish makes them useful in many types of interior. The quality of this light is impressive, although fitting the bulb is fiddly so read instructions carefully before you get mount. It comes with a five year warranty.

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Kira table lamp: £12, Next

A popular all rounder, this budget lamp from Next manages to mix traditional and contemporary looks. The narrowly-pleated shade comes in six colours, but the darker teal version shows a lack of quality when illuminated.

The chrome plated base is slim and tall, taking up just 14cm in diameter at the base. A halogen or LED bulb is required (not included).

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Present Time Barefoot lamp: £39, Small Table

The smart metal lamp has the head of an industrial style task light (for focused illumination), and an unusual flat pronged base that you can place a book on.

At 40cm, it’s taller than most bedside lamps, making the inline switch easy to reach from bed. The fabric covered cable weaves neatly through the stem to keep it out of the way. There’s a choice of four colours. 

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HK Living bamboo table lamp: £92, Scandinavian Design Center

This characterful lamp has a bamboo cage that casts patterns from the bulb across your bedroom. It’s a softer natural alternative to the industrial style of bedside light that often has brass details and hard surfaces.

Not much of a shade, the bamboo does leave a lot of the bulb exposed, making the light from the bulb quite bright. An E27 bulb is recommended. 

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Clarke lamp: £40, cotswoldco.com

The Clarke lamp has retro appeal, especially in eggshell blue. Perforations on the coated metal head cast a nice pattern from the bulb.

It has an adjustable head and provides a focused light that could be used on a desk or table, but is small enough to work well at the bedside too.

This lamp takes a variety of bulbs which makes replacement easy. The trailing cable is a little basic.

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Verdict: best bedside lamps

The ceramic lamp from Cox and Cox has traditional style but is perfectly sized for the bedside. It’s calm and neutral with just a touch of handcrafted detail.

It’s reasonably priced, the base feels robust and the glazed surface is a pleasure to touch.

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