For those that have asked most of the information within these lessons were ones I had taken during my Interior Design class....some of them are from articles, some of the information is my own....
The following is from an article found at Better Homes and Gardens!
Picking out a lamp for a room shouldn't be an afterthought. In addition to style, think about the specific task the lamp will perform.
For close-up tasks, look for a lamp that has a narrowly focused beam and is adjustable. Ideally, the light source should be about 15 inches above the work area. The spring-arm lamp is a good choice because it can be raised and lowered, the head swivels as well. When lighting a computer workstation, focus the light so that it isn't reflected in the computer screen.
It should be bright enough to read by when you're sitting up in bed but soft and flattering when you want to set a romantic mood. In rooms without overhead ambient lighting, bedside lamps also may need to help out with general illumination. A wall mounted swing-arm lamp is ideal for reading and height should be with the shade bottom even with your cheekbone when your sitting up in bed.
Don't worry about matching lamps precisely to other furnishings. In fact, modern lighting can freshen up a traditional room, just as an antique lamp can add warmth to contemporary decor. With reading lamps, whether floor or tabletop, the bottom of the shade should measure roughly 38 to 42 inches from the floor.
Function isn't everything! Accent lamps come in all shapes and sizes and can add a touch of whimsy or drama to a room. For instance, torcheres can add up lighting as well as ambient lighting. These provide drama by casting shadows on the ceiling and wall.
This will be the last lesson for a while as I am taking some time off! Hope that this information has helped! I am still learning myself! Plenty of reading and studying! For those that visit I truly appreciate it