There are a few things that we take seriously. Design. Coffee. Food. And books. We take our books very, very seriously, with barely a week going by without us purchasing at least two books for either our homes or the studio. There is just something rather wonderful about curling up of an evening with a mug of tea and a good book. Which is why we were delighted to be asked if we wanted to review the High Definition Floor Lamp from Serious Readers.
Designed and manufactured in Buckinghamshire, UK, the Serious Readers range are described as the ‘Aston Martins of reading lamps’ and are available in a variety of sizes and finishes, from desk top to floor, nickel to brass – and in either halogen or LED options. They also provide an incredible definition of light which is incredibly close to daylight, even from a 35W halogen bulb which has a life expectancy of 4000 hours and featured in the option we had for review.
So, first up – the packaging. Ok. We know that not every product review you will see will have a section on the packaging, but to us it is actually very important. It is the first interaction you have with the product and can really set the tone for what you expect within. It can be the difference between having a great initial experience and a terrible one. Loads of those polystyrene wotsits? No thank you.
Fortunately, the packing for the Serious Readers High Definition Floor Lamp was excellent. All brown card with very minimal bubble wrap, the lamp is securely enclosed within the box (which also, very helpfully has handles), and each section is carefully numbered in the order you require it. No confusion.
We promptly unpacked the light, which requires no assembly at all, and fitted the optional diffuser lens over the bulb and had a play. The base is beautifully heavy which allows you to easily position the flexible arm section without the whole lamp moving about so it stays put – exactly where you want it. This is actually a big deal and allows you to create the optimum twist in the arm – easily.
The head section is also adjustable, which allows the perfect angle of light to be achieved as well as the perfect height, but it is the dimmable light feature that we were particularly impressed with. The actual level of light each person requires for comfortable reading is very varied and alters as your eyes change, so the option of having this feature is absolutely fantastic.
For us, it also tipped the light from the functional to the decorative, as we found we were using the light for reading at the brighter levels then dimming it when not in functional use, so it acted as a feature light.
But when we were using it, the clarity that the lamp produced was fantastic and we can completely see (no pun intended) why the range is recommended by eye care professionals.
The design is also very neat and minimal, with a very particular industrial leaning in the black finish we had, which we adored and allowed it to fit in very well with the mid-twentieth century furniture we had in the studio.
At £399 or so, the Serious Readers High Definition Floor Lamp is a serious piece of kit, but my goodness it is good. Fabulous, British made quality which is backed up with multi function useage.
A very, very nice lamp indeed.
(photos by claire potter design)