Picking the right floor lamp can seem like an impossible task. This blog is to help you choose the right lamp for every room and mood! Floor lamps are the most underrated aspect of any layered lighting scheme. They give substantial illumination to a variety of rooms without any demanding installation.
Diverse in providing both ambient lighting and direct task lighting, floor lamps are versatile enough to meet any mood you’re going for. Finding the best one can still seem like an impossible task. So here are the things to look for while searching for the perfect floor lamp!
Floor Lamp Types
The humble floor lamp is simple in design: a solid base that stands sturdily on the floor, a stem extending from the base, and well, complete with a diffused or direct light. While the basics remain the same, floor lamps come in many different styles, each with their own unique functional benefits.
The most common type of floor lamp is the ambient floor lamp. These provide general light to an area. They are typically finished with a shade that diffuses light, making them great for a living room space. Next to a comfortable sofa or lounge chair or in a corner would be ideal. They usually provide enough light for low-focus tasks, such as reading or doing a puzzle.
Reading Floor Lamps
Floor lamps meant for reading should provide more direct, focused light than the ambient floor lamp.
If you’re after a lamp to light up your favorite nook desk or a place you do other daily tasks, a reading floor lamp can offer more light than some of its counterparts.
For more versatility, look for a reading lamp with a tilting shade or flexible arm for more control over the light within the space.
Arc Floor Lamps
While standard floor lamps are a bit more static, arc floor lamps can offer a bit more versatility.
A combination of a reading lamp and an ambient floor lamp, arc lamps have a rigid stem that extends up and out.
An adjustable stem will allow you to move the shade directly over the space to light it more directly, making it great for task lighting for things like working at a table or reading on a chair. While other types/styles of arc lamp can have the effect of an overhead light, spanning up and over space. In these cases, living room conversation spaces or even over a dining table can look great.
Each floor lamp has its own style. Choose a floor lamp that looks good to you, but also fits aesthetically in the space. Floor lamps can often look great in pictures, but it’s important to consider the size and how it will fit within the space. A few things to remember:
Shaded lamps take up a narrow amount of room and are extended vertically, making them easy to fit into any space. Arc floor lamps on the other hand take up more space horizontally. It’s important to consider the space you have, so you don’t end up with a fixture that is too awkward to fit anywhere.
Tripod base lamps need a bit more real estate on the floor and in the surrounding area so it doesn’t feel cramped.
The cost of floor lamps can vary from low-cost, purely functional models, to thousands of dollars for artistic or design pieces. So intricate designs or name brands will usually be a bit more expensive. But a floor lamp with a fantastic design can double as a work of art.
Height is another consideration. If the light source is higher, the light will spread wider. While great for ambient lighting, this may not be as ideal for task lighting where you need a bit more focused light.
It’s also worth looking at the scale of everything else in the room. Some floor lamps come with adjustable heights, which can be handy if you’re prone to switching things up often.
To avoid an uncomfortable glare, choose a floor lamp that allows the light to be concealed outside of your eye level. This means that if you’re standing nearby, the lamplight should be covered by the shade.
Layer your Floor Light
The big question to ask yourself is: What kind of lighting does this room need? Look to the three layers of light to decide: Ambient, task, and accent. Want warm ambient lighting? Most shaded floor lamps will be great! Want some more light for your reading space? An arc lamp is an ideal candidate!
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