How to Make Your Own Baby Nursery Lamps - Recommendations and Safety Tips
Nursery lamps have moved beyond their original function of shedding light and preventing mom, dad and loving grandparents from stumping their toes. While they are still very helpful in preventing unwanted injuries during those midnight feeding sessions, they are now part of the whole picture of the modern nursery. Modern baby lamps must be stylish, attractive and in keeping with the design of the room.
Lamps for a nursery are priced pretty much the same as light fixtures for any other part of the home. Precious materials and trendy or elaborate designs command more expensive prices. However, you don’t have to accept cheaply made nursery lighting in order to get inexpensive prices.
Shopping the discount sales and the willingness to accept a polyester lamp shade rather than silk will lower the price tremendously and nobody will know that your nursery table lamps didn't come from a posh baby boutique.
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WHAT ABOUT WATTS?
Anybody who knows their way around a light bulb knows that lower wattage means less light. If you are depending on a table lamp to light the entire room; 40 watts is not going to cut it. You will need at least 60 and possibly 100 watts unless you have several lamps or the lamp will be used as accent lighting.
The first thing to check for when shopping for your lamp is the U.L. listing and then you can move on to other characteristics. One of my favorite features on nursery lamps is the night light feature. Built in night lights that give off a muted glow are wonderful for the baby who won’t sleep in total darkness. For the lamp to have this feature eliminates the need for a plug in model which is helpful to parents who have become disenchanted with plug in nightlights because their babies are tempted to tug at them.
Placement of your nursery lamps is crucial. Never sit them on narrow, wobbly tables that a toddler can easily push over and carefully arrange the cords behind furniture to eliminate tripping and where curious hands can’t reach them. Colors, shapes and styles are subject to the overall baby nursery theme and design, but it is inadvisable to buy lamps for a nursery that look like toys.
STYLE, COLOR and DESIGN
A baby’s lamp should blend with the other decorative accessories in the nursery. Color and style should be similar. If the room is rustic, choose a metal or wooden lamp with a burlap or suede lamp shade. For a jungle nursery, a lamp with a safari theme would be perfect. Try to coordinate your nursery chandeliers and light fixtures with your nursery lamps as closely as possible without making the room look too matched.
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