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FAQ About Floor Lamps

A new floor lamp or two can help you redecorate your home faster (and cheaper) than any refurnishing or remodeling project can. Pluck the right pieces and you can revitalize the look and feel of your space with the flick of a switch. Keep the following questions and answers in mind while you're shopping and you'll find the perfect light in no time.

There's so much choice -- how do I pick the best floor lamp for me?

Start with function before zeroing in on form. Are you looking for soft ambient lighting, to fill out an open space? Or do you need more concentrated lighting, for comfortable reading or studying? Maybe you need both. For that truly warm and cozy feel your space will most likely need a balance of ambient light, accent light, and a splash or two of focused light. Once you have an idea of the types of light you need you'll be in a better position to focus on form and style.

What are the differences between the types of floor lamps available?

Torchiere-style floor lamps have inverted shades to throw diffused light up towards the ceiling. This is a great way to fill a large space with background light. Arc floor lamps and multi light lamps, on the other hand, are perfect for readers and knitters. They provide more focused task lighting, and since they often feature flexible, bendy, or swiveling arms their cone of light can be moved with ease. A tripod floor lamp is a bold way to spice up a boring corner. Modern style floor lamps often feature a mix of brushed metal and clean simple lines, giving off a refined and sometimes even industrial sleekness. More conventional shaded floor lamps (sometimes called console floor lamps) can bring a dash of traditional flavour to a room.

What else should I be looking for when buying a new floor lamp?

For maximum versatility try to find floor lamps with dimmer switches. Adjustable height is another perk that greatly increases the functionality of a floor lamp. If you're short on space you might want to grab a floor lamp that comes with built-in shelving (the perfect couch-side companion!). If your walls are painted in dark colours or your space lacks wired-in ceiling lights then aim for high wattage. Halogen floor lamps and LED floor lamps tend to give out the most light.

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