What to Consider When Buying a Floor Lamp
After learning about a variety of floor lamps, it is time to explore the different features and characteristics. Knowing more about what these lamps can offer makes it easier for you to make the right decision.
Ambient lighting describes a room’s primary lighting source. It provides a greater sense of depth and warmth in a room. There are three types of floor lamps that are best for ambient lighting:
- Shaded floor lamps cast light in multiple directions throughout the room
- Arc floor lamps have an arcing arm and either numerous lights or just one
- Torchiere floor lamps light a whole room without glare due to directing light up toward the ceiling
Task lighting describes lighting that helps you to see better when trying to accomplish a particular activity. There are three types of floor lamps that are ideal for task lighting:
- Tree lamps offering to light in multiple directions and you can focus them
- Pharmacy lamps have an adjustable base and lamp head
- Swing arm lamp allows you to adjust the light position
These lamps may come with different features which can expand upon how you use them:
- Double pulls chains allow for two levels of light without the lamp needing a dimmer
- Shelves and tables on the lamps provide additional storage space
- USB capabilities offers a place to charge small devices without an extra electrical socket
- Built-in dimmers allow you to customize the light level
- Adjustability makes it possible to change the height of the lamp as necessary
It is vital that your lamp provides sufficient illumination, so knowing some facts about this is beneficial. Lumens determine overall brightness. For brighter lights, you want higher lumens.
Kelvin, or color temperature, tells you how cool the light will be, and the cooler it is, the bluer it appears. Lights are cooler as the Kelvins increase.
There are also different bulbs that you want to learn about:
- CFL: This type of bulb uses energy with moderate efficiency, and it tends to last longer compared to incandescent bulbs. They quickly achieve full brightness since it only takes seconds for them to warm up.
- Fluorescent: This type of bulb is relatively common because it does not give off heat and it can be very bright. However, these bulbs are prone to flickering at times.
- Incandescent: This bulb type is ideal for DC or AC. While versatile, their overall energy efficiency is low.
- Halogen: These bulbs are not common in lamps and tend to get hot quickly.
- LED: This type disperses light efficiently and offers a warmer and softer glow. However, it is not a good choice for ambient lighting since it tends to be mostly directional in how it throws off light.
Make sure the lamp you choose is low maintenance. In general, the following is desirable:
- The lamp only needs dusting every six to 12 months
- You have to replace the bulb twice or less per year
This extensive information regarding floor lamps allows you to make the best choice. Consider this information and the lamp options to find the one that best complements your needs and decorative style.
When it comes to selecting a floor lamp, take into consideration the area you wish to place it, as well as your needs and lighting expectations. Depending on the weight of the lamp head, whether you’ll be placing it on carpeting versus hardwood is also a factor to keep in mind. The main function of a floor lamp is illumination; sometimes you’ll want full brightness and other times you’ll want the light dimmed or on a lower level. For seniors who have trouble getting up and moving around, a remote control may be a necessity and will be worth the investment. Feeling safe and secure with the lighting in your home adds to your sense of independence and adds to the success of aging in place for you.