Your Complete Guide to Buying a Modern Floor Lamp
25th Oct 2019
Floor lamps can be a stunning addition to any living or commercial space that requires layered lighting. However, given the variety of options available in the market, it might get difficult for you to understand the different models and choose the right one(s) that fit your requirements.
Here is the complete lowdown on modern floor lamps along with some of the most stunning models crafted by master designers that you can shop online.
What is a floor lamp?
Any electric lamp that is typically supported by a vertical pole or stem mounted on a base on the floor can be classified as a floor lamp. Floor lamps are generally expected to cast direct or diffused light from above the seating area in any room.
What are the different types and styles of floor lamps?
Modern LED floor lamps are available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, styles and designs. Here are some of the most popular types of floor lamps:
- Traditional floor lamp – This type of lamp incorporates a lampshade mounted on a single pole.
- Task floor lamp – Floor lights like these are flexible in nature and can be adjusted according to the user’s needs. They are typically used for reading, using the laptop, etc.
- Swing-arm floor lamp – As the name suggests, this type of lamp comes with a flexible arm that can be adjusted and positioned at different angles.
- Arcing floor lamp – The arc-type lamp has a long, curved arm attached to its base and arches over the space it is installed in, often replicating the effect of an overhead light.
- Mid-century modern floor lamp – With clean lines and an uncluttered design, the mid-century modern floor lamp is also a very classy option.
- Minimalistic floor lamp – This type of lamps features contemporary designs with neutral colors, focusing on functionality and utility more than an extravagant appearance.
- Torchiere floor lamp – This kind of floor light generally provides uplighting and is typically used for ambient or accent lighting purposes.
The material used for the body of the lamp could be:
Some fixtures come in the form of tripod-style floor lamps, while others have a solid base at the bottom. Which kind of floor lamp you should be looking at would largely depend on what purpose you wish for the light to serve in any indoor setting.
Where can you use floor lamps?
Contemporary floor lamps are available in diverse makes and can serve multiple purposes, as stated above. Defining your purpose for buying a floor lamp is the first step to identifying the right one for your needs. You can use a floor lamp for:
- Ambient lighting (for generic lighting)
- Task lighting (to read or use the laptop)
- Accent lighting (to highlight an art piece or specific part of a room)
In terms of rooms, floor lamps can prove to be the perfect fit in any room: living room, bedroom, dining room, library or home office. Most floor lamps should not be placed in damp areas such as the bathroom or on the pool deck unless marked “Suitable for Damp Locations” or has at least an IP55 rating.
What size and height should your floor lamp be? How many should you place in one room?
Getting the right size of lamps is key to creating the kind of effect you want in a room. In the case of floor lamps, the size, height and brightness are three important considerations apart from the number of lamps you will need. For instance, in a small-to-average-sized room, a single floor lamp can suffice in addition to the other types of lights you may have there.
If you are looking to create an ambient lighting effect through your floor lamp, you should ideally pick one that is tall. For bigger rooms, you could go with two or more floor lamps to place on opposite room ends. You can experiment with different positions and see what works best for you. If you already have an unused corner or space in your room, you can utilize the same for your floor lamps. Remember, the taller the floor lamp, the more the light will spread out in the room.
On the other hand, in case you are looking for a light fixture that helps you read while sitting on the couch or work in your study, look for a lamp that isn’t very tall and one that offers more focused output. Tab F makes an ideal task floor lamp. For task lighting, opting for a height-adjustable floor lamp is your best bet. You can place this lamp right next to the seating fixtures so that it provides maximum impact. As mentioned above, floor lamps are usually supposed to provide lighting from above the seating area.
Things to consider when choosing a floor lamp
Apart from being functional and long-lasting, there are a few other things that you should look for when selecting a floor lamp:
- Brightness (lumens output)
- Size (of the base, stem and lampshade)
- Dimmability (dimming switch or button)
- Design (ability to complement your interior décor)
- Additional features (device charging, storage, etc.)
- Accessories (shade options, anti-dust screen, foot switch, diffuser, etc.)
Choosing the right floor lamp
Modern LED floor lamps are available in a wide set of styles. The majority of contemporary fixtures also offer versatile settings like dimming capabilities and adjustment options, thus allowing you to explore different possibilities.
Iconic designer floor lamps to add to your personal space:
- Rosy Angelis by Philippe Starck
Amongst the latest trends in the industry, minimalism is here to stay. Elegant and uncomplicated, floor lamps like the Rosy Angelis are a great way to complement the décor of any room. With a signature polyester fabric diffuser and aluminum tripod legs, the ultra-lightweight floor lamp does its job without meddling with the surroundings.
- Fantasma by Tobia Scarpa
Creative and artistic in equal measure, Fantasma lamp is inspired by the transformative environment of a cocoon. The lamp feels more like a functional piece of art rather than just another floor lamp. It can add the final layer of lighting to your home (living room, study, etc.) or office cabin, enabling you to choose the right intensity for your space.
- Captain Flint by Michael Anastassiades
Suave, versatile and dynamic, this beauty designed by Michael Anastassiades stands tall on a unique marble base with a cone diffuser on top. Captain Flint lamp provides direct lighting and can be adjusted according to the user’s needs. It is one of the rare floor lamps that can be used for general ambient uplighting and can also double up as an effective reading lamp when rotated. The cone, which balances delicately on the rotating rod, adds to the lamp’s enigma.
- Bibliotheque Nationale by Philippe Starck
A modern-day marvel, this spectacular floor lamp invokes the transformative power of literature and serves as the ideal addition to your study or bedroom. Bibliotheque Nationale is the multifunctional light also functions as a charging device and doubles up as a bookstand. With polished stainless-steel brackets and chrome-plated die-cast zinc base/stand/diffuser, the floor lamp is perfect for modern homes and offices.
“The lamp is a magical bookcase where books take flight towards the light.” – Starck
- Romeo Moon F by Philippe Starck
Another work of art that transcends time and offers the latest technology in an everyday object is Starck’s Romeo Moon F. Supported by a glistening lamp body, the designer floor lamp features an internal opal glass diffuser. The fixture complements most modern interior décor.
- Romeo Soft F by Philippe Starck
There’s beauty in simplicity. Philippe Starck proves it with Romeo Soft, a simple-yet-stunning floor lamp he designed in 1998. It offers diffused lighting through a plissé cloth shade and acid-etched pressed borosilicate glass internal diffuser. An iconic floor lamp can be a great addition to any room.
- KTribe F3 Outdoor by Philippe Starck
Looking for an outdoor floor lamp? This water-resistant (IP55) LED floor lamp is specifically designed for outdoor use. So, whether you want some extra light on the patio, pool deck, outdoor bar or terrace garden, KTribe Outdoor collection is a great choice.
- Ipnos Outdoor by Nicoletta Rossi and Guido Bianchi
With LED lights around the upper edge of the extruded aluminum frame of Ipnos, this outdoor floor lamp fills up the seemingly “blank” space with light. Designed by the dynamic duo, Rossi and Bianchi, Ipnos finds its beauty in being bare, naked, and exposed.
- Superarchimoon Outdoor by Philippe Starck
A captivating floor lamp that is flexible and grandiose in nature, the timeless Superarchimoon is Starck’s magnum opus of sorts. If you are on the lookout for a lamp that is brilliant in terms of output and magnificent in terms of making its presence felt, this outdoor lamp is just what you wanted.
Remember, it is important to establish the main purpose for buying a floor lamp before you get one. Make sure you spend enough time comparing options and picking one (or more) that seamlessly blends in with your décor. Browse through a curated selection of decorative floor lamps that express and impress in equal measure here.