Different Types Of Floor Lamps The Spruce

November 12, 2018 2:43 am by sandiego
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Spiral tulip stained glass tiffany torchiere lamp from meydas spiral tulip collection
Different Types Of Floor Lamps The Spruce

There is a tremendous variety in the style of tower lamps, from Asian styled lanterns to modern, sculptural forms. It can even serve as a design focal point in a room that lacks any.

Pharmacy lamps provide very specific directed light. The height is adjustable, and you can swing the head in different direction–towards or away from you, as needed.

The shade is in translucent white parchment, giving off a diffused light. The lamp can accommodate a compact fluorescent light bulb, or take a 150-watt incandescent bulb. It has a…MORE three-way switch.

The example shown here is the Spiral Tulip Stained Glass/ Tiffany Torchiere Lamp from Meyda’s Spiral Tulip Collection. Meyda is one of the oldest and best-known manufacturers of Tiffany lamps in the U.S. This lamp stands 70.5″ high and takes bulbs up to 100 watts. It weighs about 20 lbs. and the finish is mahogany bronze.​

Frederick Cooper Toyon Brass Bronze Floor Lamp. Photo (c) PriceGrabber

If you’re using a floor lamp as the primary source of lighting in a room, you want to create as much light as you can without it glaring in your eyes from wherever you’re standing or sitting. One great solution is a tall tower-style floor lamp, which includes one or more bright lights with a shade that extends well beyond the light.  

Robert Abbey Bronze View Six Way Floor Lamp. Photo (c) Lamps Plus

Tower floor lamps provide ambient light and have the added advantage of looking like sculpture during the day.

Shown here is the Frederick Cooper Toyon Brass Bronze Floor Lamp. It is very contemporary in shape and style, with an embossed faux-leather shade…MORE for added texture and interest.The column has complementary fabric and metal with a brass bronze finish.

Roland Simmons 460 Lumalight 3 Light Ambient Floor Lamp. Photo (c) Roland Simmons

A down bridge floor lamp has the light directed downwards, and as such is a good reading or task lamp. It is excellent for directing a pool of light onto your project or page. It is an excellent choice for positioning next to an armchair. The socket and shade are directed at an angle, and often you will find the shade threaded around the bulb socket.

The adjustable club floor lamp is a variation of the standard club lamp but can be height-adjusted to suit however you plan to use it. It is mostly used for area lighting, too.

A mix of different types of lighting, placed at different points in the room, is essential for creating a proper living room lighting scheme. While the first thing you tend to see in this room in London’s Cheyenne Terrace is the central statement fixture, there are also three table lamps, one floor lamp, five pot lights, and an accent light in the ceiling on the window side of the room. They all combine to create a layered and robust lighting scheme, free of shadows.

The other role floor lamps play in the living room is a decorative one, and a lamp with an interesting shade can help frame a couch or liven up a dull corner of the living room. A shaded lamp will diffuse the light at eye level while…MORE projecting light upward and downward as well. This lamp has a popular tripod-inspired base, making it both a stylish conversation piece and helpful for illumination.

Tower lamps look good next to sofas or in the corner of a room, and they come in a variety of styles, from highly decorative to simple and modern. This lamp has a…MORE casual rice-paper shade on a soft-black base, making it a subtle addition to any room. It’s shorter than many other floor lamps, so it’s best for ambient light rather than reading light.

Highlight architectural details with recessed or strip lighting. In this living room by K2 Design, the exquisite coffered ceilings are accentuated by accent lighting which calls attention to their beautiful details.

This clever lamp does just that, integrating an elegant rectangular lamp with a narrow shelving unit. Three shelves give you plenty of space for a stack of books or a cup of coffee, and the…MORE lamp’s base is only about 10 inches square. The lamp comes with the LED bulb and is available in four finishes.

Robert Abbey Collin Saki Shade Tray Floor Lamp. Photo (c) PriceGrabber

Living rooms require three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. Ambient light provides a room with overall illumination, task lighting directs light to certain work zones, and accent lights highlight specific objects. But within those basic requirements are tons of options. Whether you want something fun like this room from Jonathan Adler, or something more subdued, there’s a virtually endless supply of living room lighting ideas for every room.

While different shade shapes come in an out of fashion, these days a cylindrical drum shade is au courant. The nice thing about the shade is…MORE that it sends bright light straight up and down while emitting a soft glow through the shade. This LED lamp boasts a simple, classic shape with wood and metallic accents to fit in with just about any decorating style.

When it comes to living room lighting the most important thing to do is have a little fun and trust your stylistic instincts. While the lights in this room from Jonathan Adler are all a little wild, they work together beautifully as part of this fun, eclectic room.

Shown here is the Port O’Call Floor Lamp from Crate and Barrel, which is available in pure cast brass and also an antiqued bronze finish.

In a large room, a single overhead fixture may not be enough. In most cases, pot lights are a good solution, but if recessed lighting isn’t for you there is another solution. Consider hanging multiple fixtures throughout the room, like designer Kari Wilbanks did here. They key to making this look work is to stick with fairly simple fixtures that have clean silhouettes, and hang them on a grid as opposed to random spots throughout the ceiling.

Shown here is a Tristan Club Lamp from Kichler, which has a base of polished nickel…MORE and polished nickel spheres The shade is a crisp white. It has a three-way switch and socket for more lighting control, with a maximum lamp size of 150 watts. The lamp stands 60 1/2″ high. Its shade is 16″ across the top and 17″ across the bottom and is 11 1/2″ high.

A floor lamp that hits about shoulder- or head-level when you’re sitting in your favorite chair will project…MORE light directly onto your book without lighting up the surrounding area. This lamp can be adjusted by more than a foot in height to get it to just the right spot. The classic shape and brassy finish work well in a variety of interiors, whether you’re using it in your book-lined library or a more casual space.

Living rooms require a lot of different light sources, but there’s no rule saying they all have to match. Notice in this room by SFA Design that the chandelier and sconces are very classic, but the table lamps are modern. Mixing old and new is a great way to give a room a real sense of character and personality, so don’t be afraid to mix styles and eras.

A pharmacy floor lamp has a very small profile and is used more for its function than as a design statement. However, that does not mean that you cannot find very attractive pharmacy floor lamps.

Many floor lamps can cost several hundred dollars, but if your goal is to illuminate a space on a budget, there’s no need to spend a lot of money! A simple torchiere lamp is classic and versatile — and often much less expensive than other lamp styles.

The six-way floor lamp  (sometimes called a mogul lamp) can provide a tremendous amount of light as it uses a center three-way bulb surrounded by as many as three additional bulbs, which can all be used simultaneously or separately as needed. These lamps are great for lighting up big rooms.

Shown here is the Robert Abbey Collin Saki Shade Tray Floor Lamp, offering a  retro look. The lamp, which is 59″ high, has a bronze finish over…MORE aluminum and dark antique nickel finish accents and a fabric shade which is 15″ across the top, 21″ across the bottom, and 13″ high. The glass tray is 18″ in diameter. The tripod base is 14 1/2″ in diameter. The lamp accepts a three-way bulb with a maximum incandescent wattage of 150 watts. 

Make a bold statement with uniques sconces. The modern sconces in this room by Disc Interiors are adjustable, allowing the user to change the size, as well as where the light is being directed. However, even more important than that, they provide a unique, sculptural element that sets a modern tone for the space.

Spiral Tulip Stained Glass / Tiffany Torchiere Lamp from Meyda’s Spiral Tulip Collection. Photo (c) Meyda

This example is the Coach Adjustable Floor Lamp from the House of Troy. It has an oil-rubbed bronze finish and uses a 60-watt Type A bulbs….MORE You can adjust the height from 35.5″ to 52.5″, depending on how you want to direct the light. Shade measurements: 7″ x 4″ x 3.25″

If you’re looking for a floor lamp that will give you good light for reading, keep an eye out for a shorter light with a hard shade that will direct all of the light toward your reading material. Here, you don’t need a lamp that will project outward or upward, like a club lamp or torchiere; you’re looking for a lamp that will send just the right amount of light right to where you need it.

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The glass tray floor lamp is used for area lighting and can come in handy in small spaces as you can do away with end tables. The glass tray and the base seem to take up less space visually than an end table with a table lamp placed over it.

The glass tray floor lamp is essentially a club floor lamp with a glass tray inserted at table height level.

This stunning floor lamp has one long arm that can sweep over the back or side of the couch to…MORE wherever you’d like to send the light. The linen shade diffuses the light at eye level, while sending it in all directions for soft, ambient lighting.

Port O’Call Floor Lamp, Crate and Barrel. Photo (c) Crate and Barrel

When thinking about living room lighting you have to also think about how it connects to other spaces. This upstairs room by CWB Architects has a staircase behind the sofa, with pendants hanging over it to provide light. The designers chose simple globe pendants which don’t just light the staircase, but also play a decorative role in the living room.

A torchiere is one of the most popular and recognizable types of floor lamps. The name is derived from the French word for “torch,” and it is identifiable by is upright, torch-like shape, with the lighting fixture pointing upward at the end of a column. 

Since it takes a 150-watts 3-way bulb, you can control the amount of light you need. The total height is 58″, and the shade is 13″ wide at the bottom.

A lamp featuring a dimmer switch and equipped with dimmer lamps add to the versatility of this style, letting you soften or turn up the light as needed. And since there are torchieres in all different styles, ranging from traditional to modern, you can find one that fits into your surroundings.

Coach Pharmacy Lamp – House of Troy. Photo (c) House of Troy

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Shown here is the Lumalight 3 Light Ambient Floor Lamp from Roland Simmons, with a notable modern contemporary style. It uses three light bulbs of 40 watts each. The lamp is available in different colors and…MORE stands 76″ high with a diameter of 14″.

Shown here is the traditional style Bronze View Six Way Floor Lamp from Robert Abbey, which has a bronze finish over cast metal and steel. The shade is in parchment Saki fabric. The lamp has six different…MORE levels of light output and a six-way switch. It takes three 60-watt and one 100 watt bulb. The base is 10″ in diameter and the shade is 14″ across the top, 18″ across the bottom and 9 1/2″ high. The entire lamp is 56″ high.

Before you buy a torchiere, make sure it is stable and won’t tip over easily. A weighted base is the best; or make sure to position it so that it won’t topple.

No ceiling lights? No problem! You can still create a central light source with an arc floor lamp. The arcs on these types of lamps are generally fairly high, ensuring that no one will bump their heard when walking underneath, but considered placement is still very important. Also, keep in mind that these lamps are quite modern and work best in contemporary settings.

While it’s nice to have an end table at either side of a sofa, it isn’t always possible (or preferable). When this is the case you can still have visually balanced task lighting by using a table lamp on one side and a floor lamp on the other, as seen here in this photo courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography. This way people sitting on both sides of the sofa get an equal amount of light.

As with a torchiere, you can buy a club lamp in any style. The components are a base, a stick or pole and a shade that softens light radiating light out of the sides. Several of the following lamp styles are variations of this simple club lamp design. A club lamp usually has one 3-way socket or a twin socket operated by pull chain.

Including accent lights into built-in shelving is a great way to highlight special objects and accessories. In this room from Juliette Byrne, the eye is immediately drawn to the lit up shelves, making for a bright and beautiful focal wall.

Combing a light fixture with a ceiling fan can be a great way to maximize space and function. While ceiling fans are certainly not as popular as they once were, in warmer climates they are sometimes necessary. Rather than trying to overdo it and installing both overhead lights and fans, consider two in one options to maximize space. In this mid-century modern room, the old-fashioned ceiling fans fit right in.

Living rooms with high ceilings can be difficult to decorate and to light. In order to make the most of the high ceiling consider a large central fixture in a take-notice style. The key to hanging fixtures in rooms with high ceilings is to make sure they drop down from the ceiling so that they still feel like they’re part of the room and you don’t have to strain your neck to look up and see them. The sputnik chandelier in this living room by Robert Dana Design is large enough and low…MORE enough that it feels like a part of the seating area.

The best floor lamp for most people is in a classic, versatile design that works with many types of decor and in various spaces, including living rooms and bedrooms. A club-style lamp is one of the most versatile and recognizable types of floor lamps. The basic design includes a single-bulb fixture with a classic shade and a simple pole stand and round base.

Lighting around the perimeter of a ceiling can provide accent light as well a unique detail not common to most living rooms. Not only does the accent light in this room from Creative West Architects accentuate the architectural details of the ceiling, but it adds an aura of elegance to this sophisticated space. When it comes to living room lighting ideas, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

If you have high ceilings, a small-scale lamp can end up looking downright puny! High ceilings demand a tall lamp to match up in terms of scale and drama. And especially in a living room, where furniture pieces like sofas and coffee tables are fairly low to the ground, a tall, arching lamp can beautifully fill the space in between the furniture and the floor, making everything look more proportional.

The torchiere shape means that the light is projected straight up, and the lamps can come with either metal shades (which tend to be opaque, so all of the light goes up) or glass or plastic versions, which send some light outward as well up. In a…MORE space like a dorm room or a guest room or living room of your first home, an inexpensive torchiere lamp is just the ticket to add a comfortable layer of light. This floor lamp has a soft, black finish and a light-diffusing plastic shade and includes a built-in, warm-light LED light bulb that will last for decades.

Torchiers do not take up or require a lot of floor space, and the unobtrusive shape may have a lot to do with their popularity. The other advantage that a torchiere has is its ability to provide general light. The shape directs light up…MORE at the ceiling, where it diffuses into a pleasing general light that covers the room. 

When it comes to overhead (ambient) lighting, it’s always a great idea to use two different kinds. In this elegant living room by Su Hodges Interiors, pot lights provide the majority of light (which is spread across the ceiling), while a transitional hanging fixture emphasizes the seating area in the center of the room.

In the living room, a floor lamp can serve dual purposes. This first is, of course, to add more light to the room! Overhead lights can seem too-bright or harsh when you’re serving cheese and crackers or watching TV, so it’s nice to have the option of a floor lamp.

A club lamp, another ubiquitous style, is a stick lamp designed for area lighting.

Depending on your space, you may need both extra surface space and extra lighting at the same time. You can get that with two pieces of furniture, such as with a side table and a table lamp, but if you’re tight on space, it might make sense to look for a piece that has lighting and storage in one unit. 

This article will discuss eight general styles of floor lamp you can choose from. Remember that enormous variety exists within each category, and selecting from these types is just the first step in our…MORE design decision process. 

 Floor lamps are a staple of interior home decor, offering not only functionality but also making a design statement through the type of lamp selected, the materials used, the positioning of the lamp within the room–even the choice of light bulbs has an impact on the mood and ambiance of a room. 

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