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Design floor lamps - how to find the right model for your home

The Northern - Gear floor lamp next to the bed
  1. Floor lamp types - from classic to fancy
  2. Reading lamps in detail
  3. Illuminant, light color and diffusion
  4. Conclusion

Floor lamp types - from classic to fancy

The selection of floor lamp designs is large: quite classic are models with a lampshade made of textile (1) or opal glass. From functional reading lamps (2) to timeless arc lamps (3) to modern ceiling washlights (4), there is also the right design for every type of interior.

Carpyen - Tiffany 1 floor lamp | DCW - Lamp Gras No 215 | Foscarini - Twiggy LED arc lamp | Luceplan - Carrara floor lamp

Particularly important for the choice of the right floor lamp type is the question of when the lamp is to be used and where it is to be placed. If the floor lamp gets its place next to the sofa or armchair and should provide light for reading, a reading lamp with direct light is ideal (2). A reading lamp with high flexibility is also recommended next to a desk as a work lamp. If the furniture is primarily intended to create atmospheric light, choose a classic floor lamp (4), which in the best case is dimmable. On the other hand, for (supplementary) general lighting of a room, a ceiling washer (4) is perfect: because the projection surface of the ceiling creates a beautiful light that even seems brighter with the same wattage.

"If you do not have a ceiling outlet for a pendant light above your dining table, you can quite unproblematically resort to an arc lamp. In this way, you manage to perfectly illuminate your dining area and also add an extravagant highlight." - Viktoria, interior design expert

KAISER idell - 6556-F floor lamp | Louis Poulsen - AJ floor lamp | Artemide - Tolomeo Lettura | Gubi - Bestlite BL3 floor lamp

Reading lamps in detail

Reading lamps are characterized by their direct light and various adjustment options, although the degree of flexibility varies from model to model: While some design floor lamps (1) are swiveling in the base, which changes the inclination of the lamp, other models (2) have only the head swiveling. In addition, there are reading lights that even have several swiveling joints (3) or are additionally adjustable in height (4). Depending on the adjustment options, some reading lights can also become a ceiling floodlight and thus supplement or even replace the general lighting.

Gubi - Gräshoppa floor lamp GM1 | Flos - IC floor lamp | Louis Poulsen - Panthella floor lamp

Illuminant, light color and diffusion

Depending on the type of your design floor lamp, different levels of light are created: reading lamps as well as ceiling washlights create direct light and classic floor lamps with a lampshade made of textile or opal glass create an indirect or diffuse light and gently illuminate the room without dazzling. In the case of floor lamps in black, always keep in mind that they absorb a lot of light, and bright paper shades, in turn, let through the maximum. Combined luminaires, on the other hand, can provide a mixture of direct and indirect light, and some of them can be switched separately, giving you the right light when reading and creating a pleasant mood.

The classic light sources for floor lamps are LEDs, halogen light sources or the classic incandescent lamps. In most lights you have a free choice between these three types, regardless of the possibility to dim. In some models, LEDs are already permanently installed, as they have a service life of 1 000 to 50,000 hours and last 14 to 45 years when burning for three hours a day.

A very important role in the choice of illuminant plays the light color, because it significantly affects the mood in the room. This is because while neutral and warm white light sources provide cozy light and are thus perfect for your floor lamp in the living room as well as in the dining and sleeping area, cold white light is particularly suitable for working and promotes concentration, as it comes closest to daylight. Thus, cold light colors are ideal for your floor lamp in the office.

Conclusion - what you should consider when buying a floor lamp

  • From classic design floor lamps with a lampshade made of textile or opal glass to reading lamps, arc lights and ceiling washlights, the choice of models is wide. When choosing the right type, it is especially important to consider which piece of furniture the luminaire will stand next to and for what purpose it will be used.
  • Reading lights are characterized by their flexibility: While some variants are either only swiveling in the base or at the head, others have several swiveling joints or are height-adjustable. Some reading lights can also be converted into uplights.
  • Floor lamps differ significantly in their light distribution: for example, you create a direct light with reading lamps and an indirect light with classic floor lamps. You can create a mixture of both types of lighting with combined floor lamps.
  • Most floor lamps can be equipped with LEDs, halogens or conventional incandescent lamps as illuminants. A special type is the LED floor lamp, where the illuminant, which is functional for decades, is already permanently installed.
  • A useful option to adjust the lighting to the respective mood are floor lamps with dimming function.
  • The color of light significantly affects the mood in the room. Neutral and warm white light sources provide cozy light that is perfect in the living room, bedroom and dining area. Cold white light is ideal for promoting concentration and thus in the study.

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