Published at Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Floor Lamps. By Orane Perreault.
One of the best reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which can take the form of various types of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. At the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends with an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade.
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.
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