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You should never have light shining in your face when you're reading. Ideally the light should illuminate your page rather than your face. Maybe wearing a headlamp would be the solution? A company called Curva have an answer that's probably more practical though.
They've produced a free standing floor lamp with a tall thin pole that curves downwards at the end so that the light shines down at about a forty-five degree angle. This makes it excellent for placing behind your favourite reading chair so that the light comes from over your shoulder. The light isn't blindingly bright (though of course it will depend on the bulb that you use - there isn't one included) and the white inside of the dome-shaped shade takes the harshness off it leaving a great quality light to read by.This dome shade is hinged so that you can adjust the angle but in all honesty it doesn't move that much.
Of course it's not only for reading. I have this lamp in my office shining down onto my work area and keyboard, though I try to keep the glare away from my screen. It would look good in any contemporary living space too, as its clean lines suggest a very minimalistic outlook.
It's a silvered chrome metal throughout (alternatively a black version is available) and is easy to clean. You just need to dust it. Take care around the actual shade itself though as I've managed to chip a little bit of the metallic coating from the edge of this when I accidentally stumbled into it.
The entire unit is 143 cm high though the downward curve means that the actual bulb is around 23 cm lower than this. The shade is 17 cm in diameter and the base is 24 cm in diameter. This base is quite heavy so the chance of the lamp falling or being knocked over is minimal.
You need to put it together yourself but it's really easy to do and the instructions tell you everything that you need to know. From opening the box I had it put together and working in less than ten minutes.
It has quite a long mains cable coming from the base and this has a foot switch to turn the lamp on and off. It's the only switch - there isn't one on the unit itself. You simply tread on a big button on the floor to turn it on or off. I'd have liked some way of fastening this to the floor but there isn't one. I can imagine that if you had bare wooden floorboards this might skate around, but that's a minor gripe. Overall I'm impressed with this lamp and , after a couple of years of use without any problems, I'm very glad I have it.
This lamp costs thirty pounds from Argos and I'd say that it's well worth the money.