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Make sure You try a lot of different lamps - Even ones outside of Your budget

Unfortunately, since making returns these days is tricky, I probably won't try any, just buy one... And the ones I've seen that are out of my budget are really out of my budget! :P

I think I'll get something under $100 that will work in another part of the house, then I'll have light at the piano (where I need it now) and can save up for something really interesting should I decide to get something else in the future.

And yes, I'll post a pic even though it probably won't be very fun! :P


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Originally Posted by David-G
ShiroKuro, thank you for the kind words! Yes, the music desk of the Bluthner is lovely - this was their standard design of music desk at that period (1880s). I got the floor lamp about 20 years ago - the disc is part of the lamp. I have no idea who the manufacturer was, and I would be surprised if it was still available. But you might well find something with a similar halogen spotlight. Or more likely, perhaps, LED these days. Though I do think that there is something rather special about halogen light.
Hi David with those beautiful pianos you own and their delicate finishes you may want to avoid halogen lamps as they may fade the stained surfaces as they emit UV lights. On my older piano there was a slight fading of the satin surface of my kawai grand under halogen spotlight cans. Barely noticeable but I observed the change over 12 years. I now use only LED bulbs in those spotlights as there is no UV.


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I have this LED floor lamp from Amazon, currently $60 Floor lamp. Its footprint is quite small and it is unobtrusive. The LED disc at the top is very bright at its maximum setting (of 3), and can be tipped and turned to direct the light where you want it. The lamp sits to the left of my piano, in the corner, and I don’t see the light source at all (I hate glare, but need bright light): the light bounces off the wall/ceiling. Love it. Good luck in your search!


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The Cocoweb floor lamp has been a lot cheaper recently: $168.00. I bought a couple more recently.

My only gripe is that the arm is a little too short, and you can't bring the lamp to the center of the piano. However, having a long slight source means you don't get a harsh shadow around your hand, which I've found quite distracting. Also, another thing I like about the Cocoweb is that I can point the light towards the keyboard and the desk, so that there is no light directly hitting my eyes.

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I just saw this one when I was searching out the Cocoweb lamp. It might have the flexibility to work. There are different finishes for it.

https://www.lampsplus.com/products/dawson-dark-bronze-pharmacy-floor-lamp__42d35.html


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That is how I position my lamp, with the light angled toward the music desk and keyboard. Slightly toward the front of the piano so there is no shadow line on the keyboard.


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Originally Posted by Ken Iisaka
The Cocoweb floor lamp has been a lot cheaper recently: $168.00. I bought a couple more recently.

My only gripe is that the arm is a little too short, and you can't bring the lamp to the center of the piano. However, having a long slight source means you don't get a harsh shadow around your hand, which I've found quite distracting. Also, another thing I like about the Cocoweb is that I can point the light towards the keyboard and the desk, so that there is no light directly hitting my eyes.


They are cheaper on Amazon, but I do not need another one so I haven’t fully investigated the differences.


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Well that was fast. First, I ordered this (the lamp, not the piano, har) and it was delivered today:
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Mr. SK put it together, and there were immediately two problems. 1) It's not stable enough, and 2) the light-head doesn't swivel, so you can't angle it toward the music stand. So Mr. SK took it apart and packaged it back up, and it's getting returned. Too bad, because I really liked the way it looked. But indeed, as you all advised me, you get what you pay for. whome
Here's the link.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So I ended up ordering this cheapo and I can save up for something fancy and expensive (and then this lamp could go somewhere else in the house). I could have gotten the $170 Cocoweb floor lamp, but after seeing all the super interesting ones that are more like $300 and up, I decided to save for one of those. In the meantime, I still need to see! So $40 and done, for now. Hopefully it wont be very noticeable once it's set in place. Here's the lamp and the link.

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Well it looks stable and rather nice !
The worst scenario would be if a lamp fell over onto the piano ,making marks on your lovely piano ShiroKuro.
I just have a hotch potch collection of a few small lamps and one tall (really heavy)brass standing lamp with a stained glass ,rather nice cover.I make sure it stands on the hardwood edge of the floor and not on the carpet.(too unstable on the carpet)
Best wishes with your new lamp.

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I've always thought those old pianos with built-in candle holders or lamp holders look very cool. But I've always wondered if the player actually got much light onto the score when the holders are so far off to the sides in most of the pictures that I've seen.


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I wondered how many scores were set fire but those.


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I wondered how many scores were set fire but those.

I've thought that myself! grin


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Originally Posted by FrankCox
I've always thought those old pianos with built-in candle holders or lamp holders look very cool. But I've always wondered if the player actually got much light onto the score when the holders are so far off to the sides in most of the pictures that I've seen.

Don't forget that in the days before electric light, candlelit rooms would have been very dimly lit. So a couple of candles fairly close to the score might have made quite a difference.

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Ok, I didn't like the other lamp that came. I don't like having it at my left elbow, and I don't like the light it gives. So I decided I need to get something I can put behind me. So, here are the last (hopefully!) options.

1. Lamp I already own:

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The other options, which I would put in the same spot as above (behind the piano bench), are:

2. Disc lamp
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3. Double cone lamp, in which case I would angle both shades upward:

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4. Triple shade lamp:
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Any opinions about which one would look nicest?

To summarize, the options now are:
1. My lamp (with the double stem)
2. The round disc lamp
3. The double cone lamp
4. The triple shade lamp

I feel like the cone lamp would work with the colors in the room, and the triple shade lamp would be nice with the black lines...

Again, thanks in advance! (I need an interior decorator...)


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I was thinking of trying one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Brightech-Sparq-Arc-Floor-Lamp/dp/B06VXWQX52

Review video:
https://www.amazon.com/vdp/12f98b23ee9647afafbb1f637b0c9f45?ref=dp_vse_rvc_2

Has anyone tried this style of lamp? It meets the under-$100 budget requirement.


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Haven’t tried it but it looks like it would be great for music scores as the light range is wide and bright.


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Marianne, that is exactly the kind of lamp I was originally interested in... Plus I love how interesting it looks. And from the video, one good thing is that the light seems to come to the middle of the keyboard.

But after trying the two lamps I've tried so far, I don't think I could deal with that bright light right over my head, and it couldn't be used if I were playing for guests (which I used to do a lot before covid) because it would be unpleasant for someone sitting facing into it. I was actually surprised to find the LED light so unpleasant when it's in my line of sight or in my peripheral vision.

Here's a photo from one of the reviewers:
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Imagining people sitting in a semi-circle around the piano, my violin-friend standing in the curve of the piano, I think the light would be unpleasant because of how it would be everyone's kine of vision.

So for all those reasons, I am thinking to get something behind me, hence the options I listed above. Marianne, you may like it though, I think the light would work well in many instances. If you get one, please share a photo!

I hope someone will comment on the new options I listed, I'm having a hard time making up my mind. smile


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
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So for all those reasons, I am thinking to get something behind me, hence the options I listed above. Marianne, you may like it though, I think the light would work well in many instances. If you get one, please share a photo!

I hope someone will comment on the new options I listed, I'm having a hard time making up my mind. smile

You need to be careful about where "behind you" you put your new lamp. You don't want the shadow of your upper body and/or head either on the music or on the keyboard. It could be distracting if part of the keyboard were in light and part (near the centre of the keyboard) in shadow. The lamp would have to be to one side of "behind you;" experimenting should solve that problem.

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Well I Iike the flowering plant ! I probably do not need say it ,but it should not be there.
Oh I know I am just no sport ! It goes well with this thread though.

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I personally don’t like the cone lamp as the ones I have used don’t have a wide range. I would try the disc.


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