General Lamp / February 22, 2019 / Aadhya Kidd.
Both 40 and 60-watt T10 bulbs provide sufficient light to clearly read your music, so choosing between them is more a matter of personal preference as to how bright you would like the lamp to be. Other balance arm lamps use fluorescent bulbs which throw more of a white warm light, are more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs typically require about one quarter of the energy than incandescent bulbs do and also produce 75% less heat. Many balance arm lamps use a 13w PL fluorescent bulb, which is equivalent to 55 watts of incandescent light.
Third, ask yourself if you can live with a particular lamp style over time. Some lamps are distinctive and may look interesting in a store. However, oddly-shaped or with protruding angles, some lamps' unique style can quickly wear out their welcome. Remember, you will see it every day. If you grow tired of looking at it, the lamp is likely not doing its job. Take the time to consider how you will feel about your lamp 5 years from now.
But you will probably end up throwing these lamps away sooner or later. The material is brittle, hollow, fragile and it chips and breaks very easily. You will likely not be giving these lamps to your grand children, not even your children. This poly resin material reminds me of the chalk ware lamps from circa 1950. These lamps are rarely if ever found in one piece. They were cheap back then and they are usually worthless now.
Some balance arm lamps have a double adjustable arm, which allows you to adjust both the height and the extension of the arm. This is important for fine-tuning the placement of the shade. Also, the shades swivel to further direct the light, making these one of the most flexible lamp choices for pianos. Other balance arm lamps have a stationary arm where the extension or reach of the lamp is stationary, but the height of the arm remains adjustable and the shade also rotates.
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