Dino Moon Landing by Barry Gott
Got a special birthday coming up? Dreaming up ways to decorate your little man’s first big kid’s room? There are countless reasons to be searching for a cool lamp to brighten up your little boy’s room. Your child will use it, appreciate it, enjoy it, and grow in the light it provides.
Taking the time to find a unique, exciting light will reward you and your little boy alike. A thoughtful gift, chosen to tickle his tastes, will remind him that you care each time he turns it on to brighten a rainy day, or turns it off to go to snuggle into bed at night. And when he’s all grown up and on his own, your lamp will be a special memory of his bedroom.
Canoe Adventure by Andrea Doss
What makes a good lamp? That’s an excellent question and not one you think about every day. There are plenty of options available, in retail stores and online. How do you start? Should you just pick the first one you can find? Along as the lamp it lights up, it’s doing its job, but how do find one that will be something more?
The lamp should be solid. With all that youthful energy bouncing around, things get broken. A fragile lamp is an accident waiting to happen. A broad base will help prevent it from tipping, as will a low center of gravity. You’ll be able to tell by picking it up in a store, or by looking for a weighted base in pictures online.
Roadtrip by Kelly Breemer
It’s also a good idea to take color into consideration, both of the stem and of the lampshade. Some painted stems can either match or blend with the color of your little boy’s walls, their bedsheets, their dresser, or their other furniture. Wooden stems can fit in well, especially if they’re made of similar wood to other pieces of furniture. Metallic stems are nondescript and complement most rooms.
High-quality lamps sold in the United States will be certified by Underwriters Laboratories. You can tell that a lamp is approved by them by finding the UL certification mark on it, likely near the base. Underwriters Laboratories is a non-profit standards organization, that gives its mark of quality to products that pass its safety and sourcing criteria. Finding this mark on the lamp you want to buy is a good sign that is it safe and responsibly manufactured.
For the lampshade itself, you can choose a blank color, a patterned shade, or a shade with printed artwork. Blank colors and patterned shades can accent the existing color scheme of the room, but will do little to stand out or instill memories in your child. Shades with printed artwork can be found with colors that match or complement most common shades, and imaginative depictions that can stand out in your child’s mind and inspire their creativity. You’ll be able to find blank and patterned shades at large retailers, but for unique printed artwork, you’ll have to find a unique company.
On top of finding the right lampshade and stem, it’s good to put a little thought into the light bulb you choose. There are three types of light bulbs, two of which are currently in regular use:
Incandescent bulbs are the old-fashioned, Thomas Edison-style light bulb that you think of when a light bulb goes off in your head. They produce a warm, friendly light, but aren’t very energy efficient and are being phased out of use in the United States.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFL light bulbs, were initially designed to replace incandescent bulbs, and are now in common use. They use ⅕-⅓ the electric power of incandescent bulbs, and last 8-15 times longer. The drawback is that these light bulbs contain mercury, making their disposal problematic.
Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are the newest form of light bulb. They emit light in narrow wavelengths, allowing them to be much more energy efficient than other bulbs—around 25 times as efficient as old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are able to change colors easily, allowing your little boy to light their room to match their mood. Their small size also makes them harder to break than other light bulbs.
The right bulb for your little boy’s room should be energy efficient, in case they accidentally leave it on. It should also be tough to break in case, well, an accident happens. If you’re looking at lamps in the store, see if you can turn yours on to test the color of the bulb. A warm, natural light will bring out the other great aspects of the room you’re creating.
Balloon & Bathtime Ride by Patrick S. Brooks
Now that you know what you’re looking for, how do you find it? Consider your options. Are there generic or boutique retail stores in your area? You’ll find shops with similar options online—large retailers selling basic wares, and small companies curating artistic products. If you’re just looking for something simple, inexpensive, and nondescript a large retailer will have what you need. To find a unique, personal, or expressive piece, you’re better off checking out the boutiques.
Choosing a cool lamp for your little boy doesn’t have to be a chore. Once you’ve got an idea, a quick search online will help you find it. There’s a lot of whimsical, wonderful artwork out there. If you can find a lamp that’s as individual as he is, it’ll easily become a piece of their childhood they can treasure forever.
Fun Under Polar Stars by Dubravka Kolanovic
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