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Floor lamps are becoming increasingly popular these days. They can be found in many households, either as furnishings or as simple light sources. They look chic, provide pleasant light for watching TV or reading.

Often they are simply placed for ambience or as decoration. Buying the right floor lamp is sometimes a real challenge: The choice is large and there are many decision criteria to consider. With our floor lamp test 2021, we would like to help you find the perfect floor lamp for your home.




Summary

  • By definition, the floor lamp is nothing more than a luminaire consisting of a base, with a tall stand and a lampshade.
  • A beautiful floor lamp not only illuminates a room, but it also provides it with a suitable ambience and a pleasant atmosphere. With the right floor lamp, rooms can be suitably illuminated for work or for a relaxing read. Depending on taste, there are many different designs, sizes, models and colours.
  • More modern floor lamps can be easily dimmed to create different moods. In addition, dimming down the luminaire reduces energy consumption.

The best floor lamp: Our choices

Floor lamp: buying and evaluation criteria

With the following criteria, we would like to show you how to compare and evaluate the different floor lamps. We hope that this will make it easier for you to find the right floor lamp so that you are satisfied with your floor lamp. In summary, these are:

In the following, we explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Floor lamp type

There are three types of floor lamps: classic floor lamps, arc lamps and uplighters. The difference lies in their form but also in their function. Classic floor lamps have a base, a long, straight frame and a shade, e.g. made of fabric, metal or glass. They create beautiful islands of light and are used to add a nice, enriching element to the room. Many hotels use this type of floor lamp to create inviting areas.

This also works at home! Arched lamps are mainly distinguished by their curved frame. The base is placed under the sofa, the frame curves around the backrest and the light falls from above. Very comfortable for reading. With ceiling washlights, the light does not fall to the side and downwards, but upwards to the ceiling. With a dark ceiling, not much happens. With a bright ceiling, however, the light is reflected and spreads gently into the room. This is actually not yet pleasant enough for reading.

The designers of the ceiling washlight thought exactly the same and have therefore built in an additional light source: a reading lamp on a flexible reading arm. This offers a lot of comfort!

Material / Size

Floor lamps are usually chosen to match the furnishings: Personal preferences play a major role in the selection and there are no limits to this choice. For special requirements, a designer floor lamp is just the thing. Floor lamps should also convince through their appearance, i.e. material and size should match the room concept. When choosing the material for a new floor lamp, there are some differences.

Inexpensive floor lamps are often made of plastic. Expensive floor lamps, on the other hand, are made of brass, nickel or metal and are more durable. But beware: not only the material of the lamp is important, but also the material of the floor lamp shades. Simple floor lamps have lampshades made of paper or fabric. These lampshades are also available in various colours. For uplighters, frosted glass is often used instead. The different models from the manufacturers also have different sizes. Most of the floor lamps are 1.6 m high.

But there are also some with a height of only one metre. You have to decide for yourself which height is right for you. The size of the floor lamp also depends on the space available: You have to remember that the higher the luminaire of a lamp hangs, the larger the radius of light the lamp casts. So small floor lamps about one metre high produce a smaller circle of light than taller lamps.

Energy efficiency class / power consumption

The trend is increasingly towards energy-saving lamps. That is why nowadays almost every floor lamp is labelled with an energy efficiency class. As with other electrical appliances, A++ is considered very energy-efficient for floor lamps, while C indicates higher energy consumption.

It is best not to use incandescent bulbs in your floor lamp! They consume a lot of electricity. LED lamps, on the other hand, give a cosy light, a great colour rendering with the right brightness. And they consume 90% less energy! If you have a floor lamp with sockets, replace the old bulbs with LED lamps.

Dimmability

The dimming function can not only save electricity costs, but also guarantee lighting that is dependent on the time of day. For customers who prefer adjustable light intensity as well as controllable energy consumption, the dimmable version of the floor lamp offers the perfect solution.

Nowadays, many LED floor lamps are also equipped with permanently installed dimmers, so there is simply no need to make a choice when it comes to brightness. Because you can have it darker or brighter, as you like and as often as you like.

Max wattage

The wattage determines how much energy the lamp produces when it is active. Normally, the wattage is between 40 and 120 watts. In principle, the bulb wattage must not be greater than the wattage of the lamp.

To determine the maximum wattage of the light bulb, one must take into account how many watts the floor lamp can actually handle. The maximum wattage specified by the manufacturer must not be exceeded, otherwise there is a risk of fire.

Floor lamp: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to take a look at the most important questions on the subject of floor lamps. We have put together a few questions for you and will answer them shortly. After that, you will have all the essential information about floor lamps.

Who is a floor lamp suitable for?

Lighting plays a very important role in decorating a home. We can even say that it is one of the key elements. It allows us to play with light, with its intensity and also with its colour. One element that facilitates the creation of warm environments in homes is the floor lamp. It is placed directly on the floor and stands upright without the need for other supports.

Without a doubt, the floor lamp helps to create a unique and special ambience in the home. In addition, it can serve exclusively to illuminate certain rooms or have a decorative function. Therefore, it is important that the lamp is in harmony with the other elements in the house.

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The right floor lamp can transform any room into a cosy oasis of well-being.
(Image source: Francesca Tosolini / unsplash)

One of the most important aspects of buying a floor lamp is how it will be used. That is, whether we want to use it to illuminate an entire room as the main lighting point, or a specific area. It then depends on what intensity we want to give the room, whether you need an adjustable arm or another light point, as well as ecological/economic aspects.

Depending on the choice and placement, we can play with the light to make the room appear visually smaller or larger. Another point to consider is the colour of the walls, ceiling and floor. Dark colours need more points of light to achieve the same luminosity as a light colour.

The light intensity should match the type of room, as rooms are for completely different activities such as reading, watching TV, eating, sleeping or working. Therefore, bedrooms, living rooms or studies should be lit differently. The floor lamp, in addition to the lighting function, helps us to differentiate the different environments of a house and create a special atmosphere.

What are the different types of floor lamps?

A base and a lampshade: that's all you need for a floor lamp. Beautiful light sources can easily be installed where you need a little more light. Equipped with lampshades, floor lamps bring atmospheric light into any room or illuminate entire rooms as ceiling lamps.

Dimmable spotlights regulate the light continuously and adapt it to personal needs. The large selection of floor lamps makes them very versatile. Whether in modern design or as a classic purist, floor lamps can be integrated into any room.

type Advantages Disadvantages
classic floor lamp available for indoors and outdoors, no installation necessary, the light shines softly through the fabric shade, does not dazzle the lamp base needs to be cleaned regularly
arc lamp can be aligned with the chair you are relaxing in, the curved frame never gets in the way and does not block the view, can be installed without drilling, great look, often available at a reasonable price not every curved lamp is dimmable
Ceiling floodlight can support general room lighting, casts light to the ceiling and this is reflected from there, the light is completely glare-free (indirect lighting), ideal for indirect lighting of a room, LEDs save more electricity than traditional light bulbs, many models have a dimming function not every ceiling floodlight has an adjustable side arm
Dimmable floor lamp allow individual adjustment of lighting intensity, more energy-saving than standard lamps, Relaxation for the eyes, different brightness levels can be set sometimes it is not possible to adjust the light intensity continuously or so-called flickering effects occur, often more expensive than normal floor lamps
Floor lamp with remote control convenient to operate, modern design, can also be placed in places that are difficult to access batteries in the remote control must be changed regularly

Looking at this table, we notice that the list of advantages is much longer than the list of disadvantages. This, of course, speaks in favour of the floor lamps! One can really say that one is just spoilt for choice: the right floor lamp can be found for every taste or need.

What are the alternatives to a floor lamp?

Choosing the right lamp for your own home is not so easy. Which type of lighting looks good in which room? Which type of lamp creates the desired atmosphere? So far, we have dealt with the topic of "floor lamps" but...is there possibly an alternative to floor lamps? Of course, and these alternatives are called: wall lamps and ceiling lamps

  • Wall luminaires are mounted on the wall with a direct power connection or a plug for the socket and emit indirect light. Most wall luminaires either have the light beam directed downwards (downlights) or upwards (uplights) or there are combinations of both variants. They are suitable for cosy lighting, especially in the bedroom or living room. Compared with ceiling luminaires, however, wall luminaires are usually not bright enough to illuminate a dark room completely and are therefore not suitable for the bathroom.
  • Ceilinglights are mounted on the ceiling and connected directly. They can be operated via a switch in the wall. These lamps are usually placed in the centre of the ceiling as the main light source so that the light can be distributed uniformly in the room. Ceiling luminaires often attract attention: they should therefore be coordinated with the room's furnishings. Compared with wall luminaires, ceiling luminaires offer a greater radius of light and can be used for rooms that need to be brightly lit, such as the bathroom. Ceiling lights come in different versions. Depending on use and taste, you can choose track systems, spotlights, pendants or chandeliers, for example.

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Ceiling lamps serve as the main source of light. Placed in the centre of the ceiling, they distribute light uniformly throughout the room. Together with wall luminaires, they form the perfect alternative to the standard lamp.
(Image source: fran hogan / unsplash

How much does a floor lamp cost?

There are large price differences between the different floor lamps. Different criteria such as, material, model, brand etc. influence the pricing.

Type price range
Classic floor lamp approx. 15 to 130 euros
Arc lamp approx. 42 to 190 euros
Ceiling floodlight approx. 19 to 80 euros
Dimmable floor lamp 35.9 to 80 euros
Floor lamp with remote control approx. 49 to 140 euros

The range can extend from around 20 to several thousand euros, e.g. when we are confronted with unique designer pieces. Of course, these offer much more than "just" light: unusual models, colours, materials such as linen, bamboo or rattan become real eye-catchers.

The list of suppliers of designer floor lamps is so long that everyone will be able to find their own dream floor lamp. In this case, there are no limits to your imagination, interior design preferences or even your wallet!

How do I dispose of a floor lamp?

You have bought a new floor lamp, then the question arises: what should happen to the old one now? Unfortunately, it can't simply be thrown away in the household waste, because special regulations apply to electrical waste. Some lamps also contain toxic substances that pollute the environment. Therefore, you should be careful not to dispose of everything in the household waste, but really think about it.

To dispose of an old floor lamp, go to the bulky waste collection point. You can make an appointment with the bulky waste staff to pick up the lamp or you can go directly to a landfill site. If you buy a new floor lamp from a specialist shop, the dealer must take back and dispose of your old floor lamp.

It may be that the old lamp still works and is not broken. In this case, you could sell it at second-hand shops, flea markets or online exchanges. You could also donate the floor lamp. Aid organisations, for example, are also happy to receive furniture in good condition and electrical appliances that are in good working order.

Conclusion

Buying a floor lamp can be a real headache. In order to sort out the different shapes, models and materials available to you, it makes sense to ask yourself a few questions. It is important to understand what you need a floor lamp for. Is it just for decoration or is it intended to be an important point of light in a room? And then, in which room should it find its place?

As soon as these seemingly simple - but not self-evident - questions have been answered, the search for the perfect floor lamp can begin. And very quickly, the cosiest mood and the perfect ambience will be created in your home.

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