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Floor Lamp Buying Guide
|If you need adequate ambient light for a
larger room and don't want to hire an electrician, floor lamps are your
best bet. These convenient lighting fixtures can be placed near chairs,
couches, and tables to serve as a task light. They can also be moved
from one area or another, wherever additional illumination is needed.
Plus, giving it a whole new look is as quick as changing its shade.
The problem is that
there are thousands of floor lamps in various styles, colors, and
materials imaginable. This might be a good thing, considering that you
will have more options for your finicky standards but such wide range
can also be a cause for a massive headache, as you will have a hard time
choosing that one perfect floor lamp that will work best for your needs
as well as for your room’s existing décor.
Buying Floor Lamps: What to Consider
Before anything else, you have to consider
what you are using the floor lamp for? Yes, you are bound to use it for
lighting, but there must be something else aside from this. Ask yourself
the following questions:
• Do you want a strong and clear light for a
• Or are you looking for something that will
illuminate the entire space?
• Would you want something that can serve as
a stunning piece of décor even when it is not turned on?
• Do you desire something that can do all of
Once you have made up your mind on the above
consideration, you will then have to consider the height of the lamp. In
this aspect, you will also decide if you want something that uses a
shade, a reflector, or a globe. You need to ensure that you are
protected from too much glare from the light bulb.
The lamps available in the market today are
made from a wide variety of materials that it is very hard to get a good
list of all of them. The traditional floor lamps include wood and rattan
and modern manufacturers have already come up with metallic ones.
Popular finishes include brass, bronze, silver, steel, and nickel.
Much of this
decision will come from the current scheme of your living area so you
have to point out whether you are opting for a traditional feel or for a
contemporary look. There is no limit to this, though, as you can go
crazy and have a mix of both!
Your floor lamp of choice might already come
with its own shade but this does not mean that you have no power to
change it. Shades also come in a wide array of sizes, colors, and shades
and you have all the freedom to pick one that takes your fancy.
Budget will always be an issue with any
purchase. While you can find bargains, be sure it is stable and solid, from a reputable manufacturer. Floor lamps are notoriously prone
to defects originated in poor construction. Floor lamps are the largest lights in your home and their size and construction lead to bent and wobbly
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Which Type of Floor Lamp Suits You Best?
A classic floor lamp is a popular go-to
for many homeowners. They are clean and simple and practically go along
with whatever home design. Here are the top choices:
Traditional Classic Floor Club Lamps A basic, traditional designed single pole floor lamp is often called a "Club lamp." This is the most popular type of floor lamp and it is best
used near a sofa or chair for reading or general room light and often comes with a glass globe or cloth shade.
Torchiere Lamps Torchiere or simply "torch" floor lamps, have a shade shaped like a bowl so its light
goes upwards, reflecting off the ceiling, making it best for ambient lighting. Torchiere lamps are used almost exclusively to enhance room "ambient" light.
Tree Floor Lamp. They have three or more light sockets that you
can twist or pivot so you can focus them in any direction.
Floor Lamp. This as a bent, curving pole so it can illuminate
things way below it, perfect for providing lights above chairs and
Floor Lamp Trends: Practical Designs
While many floor lamps are chosen for their good looks, many are also highly
practical. Today’s floor lamp designers continually push the envelope to add features to make your life easier.
Here are the most practical designs for floor lamps:
Tray Floor Lamps. These are directly placed near chairs so you
will not have to have an end table, making it a great piece for small
spaces. Choose a tray floor lamp instead of an end table and table lamp combo.
Adjustable Floor Lamps Adjustable lamps move up & down, side to side, so you can direct the light exactly where you want it.
If you sew, do handicrafts, or other detail work requiring focused light, consider an adjustable floor lamp. When lamp is not in use the head can be moved out of the way..
Perfect for readers, these lamps come with a central light source and an
adjustable arm so you can focus lights directly to your book or
Floor Lamps with Magnifiers. Because they come equipped with a
magnifier, they should come in handy when tinkering with small repairs
or hobbies as well as for deciphering small print.
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