Lamps are a quick and easy way to brighten a room and add an element of style. These are stand-alone lighting fixtures that do not require installation beyond being plugged into the nearest electrical outlet.
Torchiere lamps are a great way to amp up the ambience of any room. These lamps have a heavy base with an attached pole and a shade on top. The shade of a torchiere lamp is inverted so as to direct the light toward the ceiling. This imparts drama to the room while also providing diffused lighting to a broad area. With their sleek and slender shape, torchiere lamps are well suited for small spaces.
However, with thousands of lamps in various styles, colors and materials, you might have a hard time choosing that one perfect lamp that will work best for your needs as well as your room’s existing décor. Here are some of the factors to consider when buying lamps for your home:
- Light switch location: It is crucial to take note of where the power switch is located on the lamp such as near the bulb, on the cord or remote control. It is a good idea to get a remote control light in case you will be putting your lamp in an area hard to reach.
- The shade: Depending on the purpose for purchasing a lamp, it is crucial for you to consider the style of the lamp shade and how it will affect the light it shines. Deeper colored shades or shades that point upwards are better for accent and ambient light.
- Size: Before choosing a lamp height, it is a great idea to measure how high your ceiling is in order to be sure that the lamp isn’t close to the ceiling that it ends up heating a small discoloration in the ceiling. Torchieres are usually between 60 and 78 inches tall. Beside the height of the lamp, torchieres generally can fit easily beside chairs, behind couches or by the bedside.
Since torchieres are used for general lighting, the top of the uplight’s edge should be above eye level.
- Safety: Torchieres have a distinctive and skinny physique which makes them easier to knock over. Hot bulbs can easily lead to fires or burn damage. So ensure that the torchiere lamps are secure in the home and well away from potential cat/dog chases catastrophes. Specially, torchieres with halogen bulbs can be very dangerous if placed near anything that could potentially catch fire if exposed to great heat. Hence, they should be kept away from curtains and other loose materials.