Kristen Hicks on December 12, 2016 0 Comments Table of Contents Types of Floor Lamps Factors to Consider While Shopping The lighting installed the rooms of your home provides the right kind of light for some situations, but other times you can benefit from the additional light that lamps provide. Floor lamps provide a convenient option for lighting the space directly around you, without having to walk across the room to flip a switch. Many types of floor lamps are great for providing light to read or do work by. And they often add some additional beauty to the space you put them in – some go beyond providing light to also functioning as a work of art in their own right. Types of Floor Lamps There are a few main categories of floor lamps you’ll come across in your search. Shaded Lamps Shaded lamps, sometimes called console floor lamps or traditional floor lamps, are likely the kind of lamp you first picture when you think of a floor lamp. They have a large base with a pole that rises up a few feet to a light bulb that’s surrounded by a traditional shade. These lamps are great for lighting the space around a table or chair, to enhance your ability to read or complete other tasks you need to be able to see well for. These are fairly common, so you can find a wide variety of designs in this category and shaded lamps that come at a lot of different price points. Torchere Lamps Torchere lamps are similar to shaded lamps, except that the shade points up. This means they don’t provide as much direct light and won’t be as useful for something like reading, but they instead provide ambient lighting that can create a nice atmosphere for the space. As with shaded lamps, you have a good number of design options and a variety of price points you can find torchere lamps in. Arced Lamps Instead of having a pole that shoots straight up from the base, like the other two options, arced lamps have an arced pole that the lights hang on the end of. They’re often adjustable, so you can change where the light is pointed based on your need. Some arced lamps have shades, but many don’t. It’s also fairly common for arced lamps to have multiple light sources, so you get more light from them and can adjust where each source of light is pointed for more flexibility. Factors to Consider When Buying a Floor Lamp Not everyone buying a new floor lamp will go into their search with the same priorities. Knowing which factors are most important to you will help you better identify the floor lamp that will truly meet your needs. Here are some of the best considerations to keep in mind during your search. Brightness If you’re buying a floor lamp, you need it to serve the basic function of providing as much light as you need. In some cases, that will mean going for a lamp that gets really bright. In other cases, low lights that simply add something to the ambiance of the room are good enough. If you’ll need your floor lamp to light a reasonably large space or provide a lot of focused light to one spot, then you’ll need to look for something that offers a good level of brightness. Arced lamps and traditional floor lamps offer more brightness than torchere lamps, and individual floor lamps of each type you consider will provide variable results in this category. If you’re not able to check out the level of brightness a lamp provides in person, consider checking out the customer reviews to see what people say about it. Type of Lighting Not all lighting serves the same purpose. Focused lighting, sometimes called task lighting, is your best bet if you’ll want your floor lamp to provide enough light for you to read or knit or do any kind of work that requires being able to see what you’re doing especially well. In some cases, you want light that will spread to provide illumination to a larger space. Many of the ceiling lights installed in most homes do this – instead of lighting one specific spot, they’re designed to provide fairly equal lighting to the whole room. Since room lights usually take care of this need, not as many floor lamps offer that kind of lighting, but if you’re looking for something that can work as an alternative to your ceiling light, then you should aim to find a floor lamp that lights a larger space. For some customers, a floor lamp will be more about aesthetics than brightness. Low lighting can make a space feel more relaxing and comfortable. Many floor lamps are designed to provide the kind of ambient lighting that helps a space achieve that atmosphere. Style Speaking of aesthetics, customers have a wide range of choices when it comes to the style of available floor lamps. Floor lamps come in lots of different colors and designs. Some manage to be functional, while also doubling as a work of art that your visitors are likely to comment on. Often the most uniquely designed and impressive looking floor lamps are on the more expensive side, but you have a large number of stylish options even on the more affordable end of the pricing spectrum. Cost Floor lamps can cost as little as $20 for simpler models that are functional, but don’t add much to the space beyond that. On the higher end of the price range, especially beautiful floor lamps can cost nearly $1,000. Most floor lamps fall somewhere in the middle, as you’d expect. Whatever your budget, you should be able to find a floor lamp that fits your basic needs, but if you have more to spend, you’ll have your pick of floor lamps that meet your visual desires as well. Size Most floor lamps are narrow with a fairly small base, so it’s easy to fit them wherever it’s most convenient for you. Arced lights do require more space, since they don’t stand upright like other types of floor lamps. Even as most floor lamps aren’t especially large, you should think carefully about how the one you buy will fit into the space you have in mind. You don’t want your floor lamp to become a tripping hazard or always feel like it’s in the way whenever it’s not in use. Height The height of your floor lamp will influence what the light’s able to illuminate. If the light bulb is located close to your head while sitting, it will provide more brightness as you read your book or work on your tasks. If it’s higher up, it won’t be quite as bright, but could keep you from bumping your head. You want to find the right balance that ensures you’re getting the light you need without the light getting in your way. Adjustable floor lamps make this easier, as you’re able to change where the light’s located with each use, but there are still limits on how high and low they can go. Before making a purchase, consider if the height will work for you. Placement While most floor lamps are light enough to be easy to move from one spot to another, it’s usually best to have an idea of where you’ll be putting your floor lamp before you purchase one. When you know where it will go, you can be sure to get the right type of lighting for the room’s needs and can confirm there’s enough space for the floor lamp in advance of having it. You’ll also have the chance to try to picture it in the space. Some designs or colors might look great in a photograph on a website, but not really work with the style of the room you’re considering. Finding the right style isn’t entirely about picking something you like, you also want to consider the context of how it will work within the space you’ll be keeping it in. Energy Efficiency Like other types of lighting, floor lamps are Energy Star rated. Finding a floor lamp with an Energy Star certification can save you up to $70 a year in energy costs. You’ll also use less energy if you go with a light that has a dimmer, so you only use as much light as you need in any given moment. And of course, being smart about how you use your floor lamp will make a big difference as well. Simply by making sure you turn it off whenever you’re not actively using it, or by relying on sunlight through open windows for some of your light during the day, you can reduce your energy use considerably. Extras and Features: Table: Some floor lamps come with a table built in, providing some counter space for you to set down a drink or add something decorative, while also providing the primary function of lighting. Adjustable: Adjustable floor lamps offer the flexibility to move the light sources based on your need at any given moment. Multiple light sources: Some floor lamps have multiple light sources, which both provide more light and also often add to the aesthetic of the lamp itself. In some cases, you can turn individual light sources on and off instead of just having one on control for all of them. Conclusion Floor lamps can make the difference in how well you’re able to see what you’re doing in the spaces in your home. And they can make the spaces you spend the most time in that much more beautiful if you choose a lamp that you really love the look of. They’re functional, beautiful, and can help you further design your home space in just the way you want it to be.