Arc lamps not only make a stylish statement in a room, but they can greatly enhance your lighting situation by acting as a stand-in for an overhead or pendant lamp. You don’t have to be limited to centering your furniture below existing light fixtures and, if you decide to rearrange, just relocate your lamp and you’re good to go. Arc lamps share a basic shape, but vary quite a bit in size, span, shade and, of course, price. Here are 12 to consider:
Available in five colors, Foscarini’s Twiggy lamp—designed by Marc Sadler—is a new classic.
The finish on this arc lamp from Pier1 would seamlessly fit into traditional or modern interiors.
The lamp, the myth, the legend. The Flos Arco lamp, designed in 1962, is where it all started for the arc lamp, and it’s contemporary design still holds firm in 2017 (with many imitators fighting for a place in the spotlight).
We’re reminded of David’s apartment (see it here: David’s Work in Progress). We recently caught it again on Small Space Big Style. He has a lamp that alternates between spaces, and it looks great.
I’ve tried regular floor lamps, and they don’t light the middle of the living room (or middle of the dining table) enough. Also, our ceilings are concrete so there is no way to use a pendant lamp above the dining table.
You’re likely to find many arc lamps in chrome (a nod to the original Flos design), but we like this modern glam take from West Elm in brass with a black linen shade.
*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 01.27.2016. – AH
An arc lamp is a perfect solution when you need to add some light over a table or sofa but don’t want to suspend a light from the ceiling. From modern to more classic, we’ve rounded up 10 arc lamps to help you get the look in your home.
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I’m not sure which of three arc lamps would look best, or whether an arc lamp would look good at all, or whether it is a good idea to have a lamp that alternates between two spaces…
It’s no secret that I’m basically obsessed with the lighting at Target for their super low prices and incredibly high style. A small arc in this lamp makes it perfect for behind a reading chair to illuminate the pages of that book club read.
(We also thought of Robyn’s apartment (Robyn’s Downtown Dreamy). She has a beautiful Prouve Potence wall lamp that alternates between spaces, although it wouldn’t really work in your condo.)
Dear Apartment Therapy, The main room in my condo lacks proper lighting and I am considering an arc lamp that can swivel to hang above the dining table or above the living area, depending on what is needed. (The arc lamp would sit where the floor lamp is currently positioned in the photos)…
A two-tier shade stands out amongst the crowd, and the marble base is perfectly on trend.
Our choice would be one of those lamps, or the classic Arco Lamp.
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If Lamps Plus isn’t in your stable of check-often shops, it should be. Affordable, stylish lighting options abound, including this adjustable arc lamp in brushed steel with a marble base.
Very similar to Crate & Barrel’s Meryl Arc lamp (below), though without the solid marble base or double-tier shade.
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Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp from CB2 — This is the lamp hanging over Johanna and Mike’s dining table. $199George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp from Lamps Plus $360.99Overarching Floor Lamp from West Elm $249Threshold Arc Floor Lamp from Target $79.
99Loden Arc Floor Lamp from World Market $109.99Arco Floor Lamp from DWR $2,950Winslow Arc Sectional Floor Lamp from Pottery Barn $434Meryl Floor Lamp from Crate & Barrel $299Cristophe Chrome Adjustable Arc Floor Lamp from Lamps Plus $349.
91Bolen Brushed Steel Arc Floor Lamp from Bellacor $232.20
If you’re looking for that classic gumball shade shape, Lamps Plus offers a great option at a fraction of the price of the original.
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Leave it to IKEA to produce a sizable arc floor lamp for just over $50.
The super far reaching arc of this option from EQ3 is ideal for a dining room where you need overhead lamp, but don’t have the ability to hang a chandelier.