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WHETHER you’re staying up late to read, watch TV or do a bit of work, the bedside lamp is a trusty companion.

And while you may think it’s just a grab-off-the-shelf item in a colour to match your scheme, we’d advise putting a little more thought into your purchase.

There’s nothing worse than a harsh glare that has you shielding your eyes, or a lamp that still has you straining to see in a dimly lit room, so getting the lighting right is important.

Dimmable lamps are a great idea, giving you the option to adjust the brightness to just how you like it. Then there are anglepoise designs that can be angled to give you light in just the right position – perfect if your partner doesn’t appreciate your reading light flooding their side of the bed.

When it comes to the design, everything from sculpted shapes in lustrous finishes to industrial-style bare bulbs and quirky tasselled shades go, so take your time and choose wisely. It could be the statement piece that finishes off your bedroom scheme nicely.

Of course, night lights are great for kids, as are some more of the more out-there lights - think lava lamps and glitter-ball styles to make bedtime a fun occasion.

We’ve selected a range of the best beside lamps on the market to see you through those evening and early-morning hours in style, so sit back, relax and prepare to be dazzled - in a good way.

We’re going to kick off with the most expensive of our selection, but one that we think really sums up clever modern design.

This Muuto lamp has a controllable dimmer switch, so you can set your own mood, which sits atop a flat black platform surround that gives it a super-sleek look.

Moving on to the rest of the lamp… an exposed filament LED bulb (with a 15,000 hour average lifespan) oozes industrial style and is a sound choice for anyone that wants a simple light with minimum fuss or frill.   

If so, set your sights on a touch lamp, which does exactly what it says on the tin - it goes on and off with just a single touch.

We particularly like this design, with its ribbed glass shade that casts a pattern of light when lit, and its brass base that makes it a luxurious-looking little number.

The head has a tilt and swivel design so you can angle the light to your desired spot, and the base features a handy bowl-like shape, which works perfectly for popping any jewellery at night so it doesn’t get lost.

We’re going to be honest, this lamp doesn’t have any newfangled features, but what it does have is trend-setting style - and by the bucket load.

Terrazzo, as any of you interior lovers will know, has been a big thing of late and this lamp’s speckled concrete trunk has been inspired by the trend.

A plain white fabric shade keeps the focus on the base. A lamp to design a scheme around, rather than a last-minute addition.

Rattan, wicker, wood and wool are all materials that have been integral to the last year’s huge boho trend, which looks set to be big again for 2019.

And if you’re in the market for a natural lampshade to fit this theme, then look no further. Crafted from a natural rattan weave, with a glass bulb inside, the Java isn’t the smallest of lamps, but it’s a great choice if you appreciate natural materials and simplicity.

Bookworms who pass up a Kindle for the feel of paper will love this novel lamp, which allows you never to lose your place again.

Just rest your book on top when you’re ready to call it a night, and you’ve got a cute little house shaped book holder. And don’t worry, the lamp is LED lit so doesn’t get hot.

When you’re in need of light, you won’t be let down – the lamp has a semi-transparent frosted appearance, which gives off a soft warming light. Clever, quirky and useful.

Enjoyed our roundup of the best bedside lamps? Then be sure to check out our dedicated Sun Selects home section.

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