Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our big brass floor lamp test 2021. Here we present all brass floor lamps that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best brass floor lamp for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a brass floor lamp.




The most important facts

  • The components of brass are copper and up to 40 % zinc. The colour depends on the zinc content. Other metals can also be added.
  • There are brass floor lamps with and without reading lamps. Some models have a dimming function.
  • Lampshades of brass floor lamps can be made of fabric, glass or brass.

The Best Brass Floor Lamp: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a brass floor lamp

What types of brass are there?

Brass is an alloy of copper and up to 40% zinc. The colour depends on the zinc content and can be reddish, brownish, golden yellow or even white-yellow. Because it contains no iron, your brass floor lamp will not rust. Brass floor lamps are available in a shiny, brushed, matt or burnished finish. Shiny brass has been polished beforehand to give it a mirror-like finish. Matt brass is usually brushed or burnished. While brushed brass is brushed more or less with a metal brush to obtain a slightly roughened surface, burnishing creates a protective layer on the surface. This protective layer provides patterns and colour gradients on the surface.

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Floor lamps are both a source of light and an accessory or piece of furniture.
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Which light source is right for my brass floor lamp?

The size of the socket and the permissible wattage are decisive for choosing the right light source for your brass floor lamp. You will find both information on an already installed bulb or on the lamp. Once you have determined the size and wattage, you can decide what kind of bulb you want. In most cases, you can choose between LED lamps, energy-saving lamps and halogen lamps. Newer lamps only allow LED lamps with a low wattage. In the following table, you will find the advantages and disadvantages of the individual light sources.
Type Advantages Disadvantages
LED lamp Lowest energy consumption, Switching resistant, Variety of sizes, Wide range of colours Flickering often occurs with low-priced, low-quality models, must not be disposed of in household waste
Energy-saving lamp Long life, Energy consumption Warm-up time, rarely dimmable, Switching on/off reduces life span, Must be disposed of at a collection point as it contains toxic mercury
Halogen lamp Purchase price, Usually dimmable, Natural light, May be disposed of in household waste Shortest life span (2000 hours), Energy consumption

You can read about how to change a light bulb in the trivia section.

What are the alternatives to a brass floor lamp?

Besides brass, there are many other materials for floor lamps. You can buy lamps made of other metals such as stainless steel, aluminium, iron or nickel, which can be a different colour from brass, painted in a different colour, gold-plated or copper-plated. There are also floor lamps made of glass, wood or plastic or combinations of the different materials. Floor lamps are not the only possible way to light a room. You can also use an uplighter, which is very similar to a floor lamp, or a floor lamp as additional lighting to your ceiling lamp. Light strips and table lamps also provide additional light in the room.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate brass floor lamps

Shape

Brass lamps can look very different.

Brass floor lamps come in a wide variety of shapes and are available with or without a reading lamp. An additional lamp attached to the stem, which can usually also be switched on separately, can be very useful if you want to place the floor lamp next to your sofa and often read there. There are also brass floor lamps that shine with two or more flames. You also have the choice between fixed lampshades and those that can be adjusted. The stem can be straight or curved. Besides the classic sock with a thin shaft, you will increasingly find tripod floor lamps made of brass. These lamps do not have a heavy base, but stand on three legs and thus also have a firm stand. The lampshade can be made of different materials. It is often also made of brass and lacquered on the inside, of glass or of fabric.

Dimensions

A lamp that is too high does not fit in every room.

In most cases, the height is decisive for choosing the right brass floor lamp, but the width should not be neglected either. We recommend that you choose the same height for your new floor lamp as for other pieces of furniture in the room. This way, you get a coherent room image. A lamp that is to function not only as a source of light but also as a piece of furniture in the room should not be pushed into a corner. Choose a lamp that is not too wide, otherwise your room will quickly look crowded and cramped.

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Equal heights make for a harmonious room.
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Illuminant

Choosing the right light source is not crucial, but should be considered nonetheless.

If you have found a brass floor lamp that you like, you should also be sure that the lamp can fulfil its purpose with a suitable bulb and provide your room with sufficient light. The following table gives guidelines for the recommended luminosity per square metre for different rooms.

Room lumens per square metre
Living area 100
Dining area 100
Kitchen 200-300
Bathroom 250-300
Work area 250-300
Bedroom 100

You should also consider the colour temperature. If the light is too cold, you may not feel comfortable in your living room. Here is an overview of colour temperatures. A lower colour temperature results in warmer light. A colour temperature of 2700 to 3300 is called warm white. We recommend a lamp with a fixed bulb only if you will not have it on for several hours a day, otherwise you will have to dispose of the lamp quickly.

Dimmability

Adjust the brightness to your needs.

With a dimmable brass floor lamp, you can adjust the brightness at the switch or via remote control according to your wishes. If your favourite model does not have a dimming function, you can provide additional light with other lamps or by switching on the reading lamp.

Facts worth knowing about brass floor lamps

How do I change the bulb of my brass floor lamp?

When changing the bulb of your brass floor lamp, you can proceed as follows:

  1. Switch off the power. Pull out the plug or switch off the fuse. This is the only way to protect yourself from electric shock.
  2. Turn out the bulb. Let it cool down a little if the bulb was just switched on. Bulbs can get very hot during operation. Put the bulbs in a place where they cannot fall off, as the glass is fragile.
  3. Screw the new bulb into the socket. It is best to handle it with a cloth or gloves to prevent grease stains on the bulb.
  4. Turn the power back on and see if your new bulb works.
  5. Dispose of your old bulb. Halogen lamps can be disposed of with household waste. LEDs and energy-saving lamps must be taken to collection points.

But be sure to follow the instructions for use of your lamp.

How do I clean and care for a brass lamp?

Since brass is largely made of copper, a green oxidation layer can form over time. This layer is also called verdigris.

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Brass that has turned green looks like new with simple household remedies.
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If you want to remove this layer on a brushed or dull brass lamp, you can do so with salt and citric acid. Sprinkle some salt on a lemon half and rub it on your brass floor lamp. Then rinse or wipe your lamp with water or a damp cloth and rub it dry with a lint-free cloth. A shiny brass lamp can be rubbed with a paste made of equal parts vinegar, salt and flour and then left to work for a few hours. Rinse with a damp cloth and then wipe with a dry lint-free cloth. Fine-grained toothpaste can also be used to clean brass.

Where do I dispose of a brass floor lamp?

You can dispose of brass at a recycling centre or at a scrap dealer. As brass is a much sought-after raw material, you can still get a few euros for your discarded lamp at the scrap dealer.

How do I connect a dimmer?

The following video can help you install a dimmer.

How do I convert a ceiling lamp into a floor lamp?

You can also use the lampshade of a ceiling lamp as a shade for a floor lamp. In the following video you can see how to make a floor lamp yourself.

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