How to Use Floor & Table Lamps

Designer floor and table lamps can be appropriate for any room or space. If you want floor or table lamp to provide focused illumination—for reading in a home library or study, or beside a lounge chair or couch in the living room—you’ll be smart to select task lamps with adjustable features, like articulated arms or swivelling heads, which allow for a change in the direction of light source. Here is our guide to incorporating floor & table lamps into your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

How to Use Floor Lamps

Floor lamps can either be used as a stand-alone lighting solution to focus on a particular spot in a room or with other lights that are in the same family. The modern addition of floor reading and task lamps can add a focal point of illumination to a stylish living room or bedroom furniture, while serving a functional purpose of illuminating a work station or reading zone. You may also want to incorporate arc floor lamps or accent floor lamps to your indoor living space to achieve an overall polished look. 

How do I arrange standing floor lamps?

Try not to place your floor lamp too closely to a window. The light will likely reflect off the glass and create an unsightly glare. Also, ensure that the floor lamp is located near an outlet to minimise the amount of exposed cord, unless you wanted to create a statement with the cord. Floor lamps should be placed in the corners of the room or next to seating areas. 

Is there an advantage of floor lamps over table lamps?

Floor lamps do an excellent job at reducing glare and eyestrain. They typically illuminate larger areas and can serve as a larger focal point in a space. This offers a broader location of light which is beneficial for any activity you're doing. However, choosing between a table or floor lamp entirrely depends on the activities performed in the space and the overall aesthetic.

What floor lamps give off the most light?

In general, curved, arc and tripod-style floor lamps give off the most light. These versatile lamps send a gorgeous glow in multiple directions instead of only one.

How to Use Desk and Table Lamps

Desk and table lamps add a great deal of practical and esthetic value to a living space. These modern fixtures provide direct lighting to illuminate the task at hand. Placing an accent table lamp in your indoor living space can elevate a room’s design and provide practical lighting for tasks such as reading at night. 

How should I position my lamp?

Position the lamp so it will not reflect on surrounding surfaces such as computer screens. The lamp should be placed so that hand shadows don't streak across your work. If you're right-handed, this means placing the light source on the left side of your desk.

What’s the best size (height) for table lamps?

A good rule of thumb is to find a table lamp that is approximately 30" tall from the bottom of the base to the top of the shade/finial. 

What's the difference between a desk lamp and table lamp?

Table lamps provide ambient lighting around the room, while desk lights provide bright direct lighting to complete certain tasks, such as reading, and writing. Many desk lamps have an adjustable height so you can position it as desired.

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