Some of the greatest advancements have come not from the discovery of new technology, but from the application of technology in new and creative ways. The microwave as an example took a pre-existing fact and turned it into an appliance that is in millions of homes around the world. In addition, the practical application of several different technologies engineered by NASA towards its Space Program has found uses in everyday life.
Creative uses of existing tech do not always have to be groundbreaking. Take bedside lamps as an example. Bedside lamps have been around for a while. Providing a practical purpose, they require nothing more then a bulb, the lamp, and the time it takes to turn the switch on or off. Using other technology however, bedside lamps can become increasingly complicated providing new comfort and convenience in our lives. Touch bedside lamps are a perfect example. No longer requiring a switch, these bedside lamps instead rely on a series of different input types in order to turn on.
Lets take a moment to learn more about touch bedside lamps. In addition to reviewing how these lamps operate, we will also look at what you should be aware of when purchasing one of these lamps.
Understanding How Touch Based Bedside Lamps Work
These bedside lamps require an input in order to function. When we touch something with our hands, a range of different things happens that we may not even be aware of. The first is temperature. The temperature from our body can transfer over to a device when we touch it. If the device has a temperature setting, it will register the heat and turn on or off depending on the setting. In addition to temperature, resistance is also used for touch-based devices. With resistance, our fingers can close the circuit between to electrical contacts there by turning the device on and off. There is also radio reception. As the body makes a relatively good antenna, some devices require touch to transfer over a better signal that sends the command to switch the power on and off.
While all of these methods have been used for touch-based devices in the past, the most common design especially for touch based bedside lamps works through the principle of capacitance. With capacitance, the device exists with a certain amount of electrons. When the device hits over a certain amount of electrons, it switches on/off. The human body can transfer the needed electrons through touch, turning the device on and off with nothing more then touch.
What To Look For In Touch Bedside Lamps
1. Straightforward Functionality
More then anything else, your touch based bedside lamp should be functional for years to come. As a result, it should be constructed of technology that will not stop working after a year or two. The best thing you can do to ensure that the touch beside lamp you buy has lasting potential is to go online and read reviews regarding the bedside lamp. These reviews can be found in a wide range of places, and will generally relate the experiences of other people who were interested in the product and purchased it. Using their experience, you can make a decision.
2. Design Around Functionality
Just like other bedside lamps, touch based bedside lamps come in a wide variety of shapes, designs, and sizes. With this in mind, make sure the design is built around a solid foundation of straightforward design. The bedside lamp should be easy to use, easy to turn on and off, and practical for your needs. The less practical and easy to use, the less frequently you will use it.
3. Appropriate Price And Size
Touch based bedside lamps can range from a few dozen dollars to hundreds. One of the biggest things you should keep in mind is price. How long do you expect to have this lamp for? Does its touch-based practicality answer a personal need or reflect a fascination with the technology? In addition, make sure the bedside lamp is appropriate sized. This includes not only making sure the height is correct, but the diameter of the lampshade is not too big or generally cumbersome for your bedside table.