If you plan an instrument, you know how important proper lighting is when practicing and playing. A piano light can mean the difference between an enjoyable practice session that feels rewarding and fun, and a sub par session that is a struggle to get through and leaves you with eye strain and a headache. Choosing piano lights might seem like a touch job, but it really just takes a little thought about what you need. Investing in quality lighting not only helps you enjoy playing more, it creates a room that is more inviting and welcoming. You will soon find everyone wants to hang out in the music room and other people in your family might even have a desire to play. When you are ready to purchasing lighting, there are a few things you should consider before making your investment.
First, consider what other lighting is in the room. Some rooms are already bright and airy. If you have big windows that let in a lot of natural sunlight, you might only need a lamp for the after dark hours. However, you might also want some brighter task lighting for overcast days. In addition to the natural lighting in a room, consider the overhead lighting and other lamps. Sometimes this type of lighting is too harsh for playing, but other times it is a great compliment to the task lighting that is in your practice space.
Next, consider the materials that lamps are made from. You are going to care about the style, second most to the utility of the lamp. Though you want something that works well, you also want something that looks great. Lamps should be durable and easily cleaned. You will be switching it on and off every time you play, so you want something that can stand up to a lot of use and that can easily be wiped down when it gets grungy.
Ask yourself if you will be using the lamp for any other uses besides lighting the playing area. Will the lamp be mobile? Do you need to transport it to other rooms in your home? If so, things like weight will be a consideration. You will also need to focus more on durability if you will be moving it from place to place. If this is the case, it is more likely to get bumped and dropped.
Finally, you need to consider the cost of the lamp. Investing in a high quality lamp is always worth the cost, but you still need to stick within your personal budget. If you are unable to afford something, than you are not meant to have it, so consider what you can afford and choose your lamp based on that calculation. There are plenty of great moderately priced lamps that look great and are still perfect for helping you practice and play. As a general rule of thumb, invest in the highest quality lamp you can reasonably afford. This way you get a great lamp without overspending.