Published at Friday, April 20th 2018. by Germaine Frappier in Floor Lamps.
First let us define antique floor lamp. Of course a floor lamp normally rests upon the floor as opposed to resting upon a table, the wall or the ceiling. The general definition of an antique means something from a bygone era. This places the term outside the legal arena and into common usage. "era" is general perceived and is defined as a long indefinite time period which also works out perfectly for this general definition.
Sturdiness. Today's floor lamps, such as Tiffany stained glass floor lamps, are much sturdier than floor lamps of the past. For example, in the past, floor lamps were notorious for tipping over easily, thus creating a fire hazard. However, today's floor lamps must meet something called the UL "tipability standard," requiring their bases to be heavy enough.
It is always a good idea to compare the style and design of these lamps. Many lamps appear to look good when they are in the shop but as soon as you bring them home, it will look entirely different. So, always take into account the look of the lamp with your overall décor.
Of course there are many other kinds of antique floor lamps such as torchiere, two light, curved arm, swing arm, etc. Even the oldest and most dilapidated of these well built heirlooms can be brought back to life with some scrubbing, sanding, painting, rewiring and sometimes soldering or welding.
You should first determine for what purpose you are going to use the floor lamp. If it is for reading purposes, find a lamp that has an adequate light to do this activity. Then again if it is only used to create the mood of the entire room, a low wattage bulb is needed. These lamps are very flexible so if you ever change your mind in where to put them, you can always position it elsewhere.
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