A floor lamp can be a space-saving solution for tight spaces, or a statement piece in a large room. Used for both ambient and task lighting, floor lamps come in almost every imaginable design. They can replace a table and lamp in small rooms or light up a whole sectional sofa. Before shopping for a floor lamp, think about what type of lighting you need, how much space you have, and what style would suit your room.
Floor Lamps For General Lighting
The best floor lamps for general or ambient lighting diffuse the light up and down so it permeates the space. Torchiere lamps direct light upwards, and usually have a bowl or cone-shaped decorative shade. Traditional floor lamps with classic fabric shades can diffuse light both upwards and downwards – add a diffuser on top to avoid looking directly into the glare of the light bulbs. For large seating areas, arc lamps have long, gently curved arms that arch over the sofa from behind, giving you the flexibility to light one bulb or several.
Look for floor lamps with the following features to customize your lighting plan:
- Space-saving floor lamp and table combinations
- USB ports for charging your devices
- Dimmer switches
- Two light bulbs, with separate on-off switches
- Floor switches for hands-free operation
Floor Lamps For Task Lighting
The best floor lamps for task lighting have shades that direct the light downwards onto your work. Task lamps come in a wide variety of designs, from traditional to ultra-modern. Metal pharmacy lamps are popular classics – people love their height-adjustable bases, and shades that tilt and swerve. Swing- arm lamps usually have traditional fabric lampshades, and an adjustable extension arm to swing the light towards you.
When shopping for a good task lamp, consider these features:
- Adjustable height settings
- An arm or flexible neck that can swivel and rotate
- A shade that directs light instead of diffusing it
- A two-way or dimmable bulb
- A weighted base to keep the lamp upright
- An LED bulb for crisp, quality light