Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Choosing the Right Piano Lamp

Practicing the piano with the proper lighting will improve your performance.

Playing piano by candlelight was very popular before the light bulb was invented, but we've come a long way since the 1800's. Make sure there is proper lighting in the piano area so you and your family can get the most out of your practice sessions.

After all, the candle wax tends to melt down and burn the lid on the piano causing it to devalue and in some cases, cause internal damage to the instrument.

Piano lamps are designed to shed just the right amount of light on the sheet music as well as the keyboard area. If you shop around online, you will be amazed at the variety of piano lamp designs that are available. These decorative fixtures can range in price from around $100 to over $1,000.

Piano lamps are made from a number of materials including brass, bronze, chrome and all sorts of enameled metals. There are also some cheaper models made of plastic. There are even lamps that are specifically designed for the different types of pianos, namely upright and grand piano lamps. If that doesn't strike a chord with you, there are floor lamps, clip-on lamps and even counter-balance lamps.

Replacement bulbs are available at most hardware stores and lighting departments in your local home improvement stores and cost between $5 and $20 depending on the model. Some lamps have multiple bulbs some make sure you pick up a few spare bulbs to throw in your closet.

The most common piano lamp is a 14", brass adjustable lamp with two bulbs. The cost of this unit averages around $125 plus shipping online.

It's well worth the investment to have a nice looking, sturdy piano lamp on top of your instrument that will shed just the right amount of illumination for your practice sessions.

Remember: Starting a small fire in your piano area is no excuse for not practicing, so lose the candle and buy a piano lamp. You WILL improve your performance.

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