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Floor lamps and torchieres have a similar look and can often be confused with one another; however they serve different purposes for home lighting. Floor lamps are typically used for task lighting, such as for reading if they are placed behind a comfy chair. Often times the floor lamp head is multi-directional and can be twisted and turn or hangs over to shine its light downward.
On the other hand, a torchiere is also tall lamps but the light from a torchiere shines upward. Torchieres are fantastic for ambient and accent light. Torchieres can be the perfect addition to large living rooms where one corner may be missing out on the general lighting and needs some brightening up. Floor lamps and torchieres both are found in living rooms, family rooms and bedrooms.
There are many factors that make a good floor lamp or torchiere but some key things to look for are:
Floor lamps and torchieres come in a variety of style to match your home décor. The key style factors to consider when shopping is metal finish, consider matching it to existing metal such as table pulls and handles, shade style and color and the overall style sense such as whether the lamp is traditional, modern, rustic or tiffany style.
Floor lamps and torchieres are usually between 60 and 78 inches tall. It is a great idea to measure how high your ceiling is before choosing a lamp height to be sure the lamp isn’t so close to the ceiling that it ends up heating a small discoloration in the ceiling. Beside the height of the lamp, floor lamps and torchieres generally can fit easily beside chairs, behind couches or by the bedside.
If you are using a floor lamp for general lighting find one tall enough that the bottom of the shade is just above eye level. For torchieres used for general lighting the top of the uplight’s edge should be above eye level. For reading, the floor lamp should shine downwards at lower than eye level, since reading is usually a task done sitting.
Floor Lamps and torchieres have a distinctive long and skinny physique which makes them easier than a stout lamp to knock over. Hot bulbs can easily led to fires or burn damage, so ensure that floor lamps and torchieres are secure in the home well away from potential cat/dog chases catastrophes. Specifically, torchieres with halogen bulbs can be very dangerous if placed near anything that could potentially catch fire if exposed to great heat. They should be kept away from curtains and other loose materials.