Published at Friday, March 09th 2018. by Comforte Givry in Floor Lamps.
When you hear the word "lamp" what image do you think of? You probably imagine that table lamp on your bed's nightstand, which sheds some light on your bedtime reading. Or maybe you think about the lamp sitting on the console table in the hallway, which greets you just before you enter or exit the house. Or perhaps you remember the end table in your recreational room, where you set the glass of your favorite beverage as you catch a game or movie on TV.
Floor lamps come in an incredible number of styles nowadays including the contemporary, funky and traditional pieces. It will really just depend on your personal preference and your home's overall look. Many homeowners prefer tiffany style floor lamps but if you are more into retro then find one that suits your needs. Just make sure that the floor lamp you buy will be meeting all the necessary safety guidelines so not only will you enjoy the lamp but also be on the safe side.
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.
These lamps are used in conjunction with overhead lights to provide visual interest and additional lighting for reading. Oftentimes, floor lamps are selected by homeowners by matching it with the overall design of the whole space, from the modern stainless steel to tiffany floor lamps. Because they are free standing, these lamps can be placed anywhere in the room near an electrical outlet or a favorite reading area.
It is also sometimes necessary to measure the space that will be used for the floor lamp. Aspects such as the height are essential. The uplight top edge should be higher than the standing person's level. While the reading lamp's lower edge needs to be below the eye level. This measurement ensures decreased exposure to the bare bulb glare.
This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an "antique floor lamp" is fairly useless without some time period designation normally in the form of circa 1905 which literally means "about the year 1905". So I will use the term antique floor lamp on this basis and often substitute it with the term vintage floor lamp. This discussion does not address modern reproductions of antique lamps which is another subject to itself.
Decorating a new home or apartment is a fun and exciting experience for most but the vast options are occasionally overwhelming. Before setting out to accent your home with everything from modern floor lamps, desk lamps, pictures and other decor a little preparation will go a long way. Many people choose to focus on lighting as the first step in house warming.
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