Floor Lamps Buying Guide

Whether you’re looking for a simple update to give your room’s design a fresh spin or starting wholesale from scratch, there’s a floor lamp suited to your needs and style.

Types of Floor Lamps

Types of Floor Lamps

Not every floor lamp is the same. In fact, the light from a classic console floor lamp feels and acts completely different than the light from a more contemporary arcing floor lamp, torchère, or multiple light-source floor lamp. Floor lamps can also have additional features, such as shelving to help meet your needs. Here are the different types of floor lamps you may encounter.

Console Floor Lamps

A console floor lamp is what most people recognize as a traditional floor lamp. A tall pole typically extends up from a base that’s often geometric or round. A shade casts down light from a single bulb.

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Torchère Floor Lamps

A torchère floor lamp looks like a console floor lamp from the ground up to the light source. Then an inverted lampshade pushes light upward instead of toward the floor.

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Multiple Light-Source Floor Lamps

As with most other floor lamps, a multiple light-source floor lamp relies on a base and a long pole. Light, however, comes from “arms” that twist up and out of the base, enabling you to direct light in many directions.

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Arcing Floor Lamp

A variation on the console floor lamp, the arcing floor lamp uses a long curving arm to cast light down, out, and away from the base.

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Foscarini
$2433.00

The Foscarini Twiggy Arc Floor Lamp is a graceful statement of structural elasticity and material discovery. Made from a fiberglas...s composite material similar to fishing rods, the stem is able to withstand heavy tension and bounce back to the original form without permanently stretching. By adding and removing the provided counterweights to the drum shade, the height of the arc can be adjusted to preference. The playful design casts a comforting light below and above the fixture through prismatic diffusers, completely shielding the light source for a pleasing lighting experience. Foscarini, headquartered in Italy, offers superb contemporary lighting products in playful and inspiring designs. In partnership with both established designers and emerging designers, Foscarini has created an exciting collection of products for residential and commercial applications. read more

Contardi Lighting
$3,690.00 $3136.50

There is nothing accidental about the Contardi Lighting Oops Arc Floor Lamp, a towering design fashioned from solid wood and acces...sorized with a deep cotton shade. The two halves of the white shade almost touch at the center, leaving a slight opening that reveals the inner bulb. The wooden stem casts a long length of light, hanging the shade over hard-to-reach areas with a big visual impact. For over thirty years, Contardi Lighting has specialized in the production of decorative lighting consistently sought after by interior designers and architects worldwide. Known as the “couturier of lighting�, Contardi Lighting immaculately tailors their lighting with elegant materials and detailing that fit in both commercial and residential applications. read more

Contardi Lighting
$2,400.00 $2040.00

The pleated fabric shade of the Contardi Lighting Divina Arc Floor Lamp is divinely crafted and ideal for lighting a range of inte...rior spaces. Smartly tailored, gentle illumination peaks through the folds while the subtle curve in the frame and one-hundred-fifty degree mobility separates the Divina from a traditional arc lamp. The bowed posture of the stem is balanced by the large circular base, adding a casual element to the design. For over thirty years, Contardi Lighting has specialized in the production of decorative lighting consistently sought after by interior designers and architects worldwide. Known as the “couturier of lighting�, Contardi Lighting immaculately tailors their lighting with elegant materials and detailing that fit in both commercial and residential applications. read more

El Torrent
$6,188.00 $5259.80

The El Torrent Tuareg Arc Floor Lamp grasps an irregular cylindrical shade at a far reach, placing down light easily over sofas or... arm chairs for alternative reading or task light. Formed from polyester and methacrylate, the swirling design has an organic nature that is comparable with the soft arch of the metal stem, ultimately focusing on the bright light coming from the center. Standing and extending at over 6 feet, the Tuareg is intended as a statement piece for interiors as well as a functional light source. Founded in 1997 by designer Eloy Puig, El Torrent is a high-quality manufacturer of handmade lighting designs in the Girona province of Spain. The production site sits at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains, offering a stunning rural backdrop that is the source of inspiration for the small group of designers. With an emphasis on commercial and residential interiors, the company presents a vibrant catalog of authentic Spanish design in tune with organic shapes and comfortable lighting. read more

Floor Lamp with Shelving

Floor lamps with a midheight shelf prove to be super practical and hardworking. Newer designs update the floor lamps with contemporary materials and profiles.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The floor lamp that works for your neighbor may not work for you. Because floor lamps are design elements as well as sources of task lighting, they must be evaluated for both style and performance. Before you make a purchase, take into account these considerations, including adjustability, dimmers, material, color, light source, efficiency, and style.

Adjustability

Floor lamps are more adaptable to various furniture arrangements and height requirements if their height can be adjusted.

Dimmers

The ability to adjust the brightness of the light source impacts how often you use your floor lamp. In the absence of a dimmer, look for three-position switches that allow changes in brightness.

Material and Color

Material and color often work hand in hand to create floor lamps that are showstopping focal points or clever elements that recede into the decorating background.

Energy Efficiency and Light Source

For easy bulb replacement—and to ensure you are saving every possible penny —review the type of bulbs your floor lamp requires.

Style

The style of your floor lamp should fit your space. Take into account the lamp’s lines, patterns, textures, and composition and how they work to complement the room before making a final decision.

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