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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
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