Floor lamps are a versatile and stylish way to light up any room. They come in hundreds of designs from simple to elaborate. Besides choosing a floor lamp that matches your decor, there are some things you need to look for. The good news is, a lamp that both looks great in your home and keeps it properly illuminated is far easier to find than it might seem!
Our review team took the time to test out a variety of floor lamps in 2021 in order to find models that could easily fit into most homes and provided a good amount of light. We consider each of the lamps featured here to be the best and brightest!
This LED shelf floor lamp has a soft ambient glow and three shelves. It includes a 20-year life LED bulb and has a contemporary design. This floor lamp is versatile and will compliment different styles of homes. Our testers found the shelves to be a little wobbly. The vertical bars also don’t line up properly.
Made with high-quality metal, this floor lamp is durable and aesthetically pleasing. It’s wobble-free with its weighted base and has a flexible gooseneck to direct light. This floor lamp is bright and the switch is convenient to find and access, allowing you to avoid having to bend over to turn it on or off. The heavy and solid design makes it last long-term. Unfortunately, the shade tends to bend easily.
The high-quality parts of this floor lamp fit well and have a solid weight to keep it firmly planted. It has two adjustable shades to direct its light, which can be set on low, medium, and high. This floor lamp comes with a long cord, allowing it to be placed in more areas of the room without being too close to the wall. It stays balanced on low pile carpet or hard floors without feeling top-heavy. Do note that this lamp has various warning labels stuck inside the shade, which can leave some residue behind when removed.
This multifunctional LED floor lamp includes four brightness settings and four color settings for maximum versatility. The gooseneck top can be adjusted, and it has a lifespan of over 20,000 hours, making it energy-efficient and eco-friendly. This 10 watts LED floor lamp provides 450 lumens and is 65 inches tall with an 11.5-inch gooseneck, which can be tilted at any angle. It has an 8.27-inch base and features a five-foot cord.
Dimmable and adjustable
Easy assembly, no light bulbs required
The indicator light for power stays on, not great for the bedroom if sensitive to light
This LED floor lamp can be controlled remotely, with the built-in switch on the lamp, or it can be connected with a wall outlet. It has three different temperature settings, which are Cold White, Natural White, and Warm White, and offers a 350° rotation. This is a black 30W and 2400LM floor lamp, and it includes a remote and touch control. It is 68.9 inches tall with a six-foot cord.
No light bulbs required
May have delayed response when using a wall switch
This versatile floor lamp is perfect for the home but can also be used for office and creative work. It features four-color and brightness settings and an adjustable gooseneck, which can help light up artwork and create shadows. This black, floor lamp is 66.93 inches in height with a 9.8-inch adjustable gooseneck head and a 6.1-inch lamp face. It is long-lasting and projects up to 1000 lux & 450lm.
This floor lamp comes with a remote that can be used to operate the lamp without having to leave the sofa. The lamp is also dimmable. This floor lamp has an adjustable gooseneck that allows you to change the direction of the light as needed. In addition to five different brightness settings, the lamp also allows you to choose different light temperature settings. Testers did note that if you purchase multiple Syrinx floor lamps, the remote control will work on all of them and may accidentally turn all of the lamps on or off.
With its bendable gooseneck, various light settings, footed base, and 8W usage, this lamp offers guaranteed quality! Our team greatly appreciated the high amount of illumination this floor lamp offered. Its sleek appearance also fits in well with a wide range of decor styles. However, because the on button also toggles different light settings, many of our testers accidentally toggled different settings while simply turning the lamp off or on.
This floor lamp stands at 70 inches tall and has a contemporary minimalistic style that will blend in well with many types of decor. This floor lamp comes with a 5-foot cord that provides plenty of reaches so it can be plugged into an outlet and placed wherever you desire. It has a robust base that keeps it firmly in place and prevents the lamp from tipping. However, the switch is located in a slightly inconvenient position on the lamp, which is a bit of a nuisance.
Available in a number of colors
Switch is in a weird place
Best Floor Lamp Buying Guide
What is a Floor Lamp?
A floor lamp is a moveable lighting fixture for most homes. You can use it for your living areas, bedrooms, basements, and more. It is an excellent addition to your existing lighting fixtures, but you can also use it as a primary light source, depending on the brightness.
Floor lamps work the same as table lamps, but they are excellent space savers. You can set them up in any corner without a table, and they are usually longer for better lighting coverage. They come in various designs, making them excellent for their functions and their aesthetics. Adding floor lamps to your home can change your house's entire look and aesthetic—whether you are going for an industrial or rustic look.
Where Can I Use a Floor Lamp?
You can use a floor lamp for a variety of various purposes. You can use it as a primary source of light for rooms, or you can use it as an accent light that goes with the overall design of your living room or room. If you place a floor lamp in a corner, it can reflect light off the wall and give an ambient lighting effect. Plus, you can change the bulbs to a different color to make them appear different, depending on your mood.
Floor lamps are not just for lighting. They also make excellent furniture pieces for interior design. Accent lighting is considered an element of interior design, and a floor lamp can also bring attention to a specific part of a room.
Some people use floor lamps as an overall task lamp for reading and working, so you won't strain your eyes too much in the dark. Let's say you are working on your computer at night. The computer might have a backlit LCD, but staring at it for too long in the dark may cause strain and headaches after a long period.
A floor lamp itself is an essential piece of furniture, a functional light, and an accent light all in one. If you are looking for a new way to spice up your living room's look, adding a floor lamp might be a good addition.
Buyer's Guide: How to Choose the Best Floor Lamp
If you decide to add a floor light to your room or living space, you still need to consider a couple of factors. Yes, it is straightforward to pick a floor lamp based on its looks, but you need to make sure it fits the area, has sufficient lighting, the cord is long enough, and more.
Here are some of the essential factors to look at when choosing a new floor lamp:
First off, you need to consider the purpose. If you need a floor lamp to work as a functional light, you need to make sure it is bright enough—especially if you will use it as a primary light source.
If that is the case, you need to consider the usual tasks you need the light for, such as reading, knitting, and more. You should place it in a corner where the light can bounce off the walls to illuminate a larger area. You can also use it for binge-watching your favorite shows. Not as a primary light source, but something to set the mood.
If you will use it as a secondary light source for mood lighting, consider something with a dimmer switch. You can choose something based on its design; just make sure that the light is sufficient for its purpose. For accent lighting, you can always change the light bulb to a different color and use smart LED light bulbs that you can control with your phone by connecting it through WIFI.
The efficiency of the light depends on what bulb you are using. Usually, fluorescent bulbs provide a good amount of lighting efficiently. However, LEDs proved to be the most efficient lighting option for many, and they surely last longer than other bulb types. If you want the most efficiency, steer clear from using incandescent light bulbs.
The floor lamp style may be a subtle detail, but it can affect your home's overall aesthetic. If you are going for a contemporary look, make sure the style of the floor lamp fits the motif you are going for. The same goes if you are going for an industrial, classic, or rustic look.
The size is an important factor, especially if you plan to move it around the house often. It should be light enough for one person to move around, and it should have a reasonable clearance between the height of the light and ceiling. Having a good clearance will allow you to use the ceiling as a diffuser, which is excellent for mood and accent lighting.
The size is also important, depending on the size of the area. You don't want it to be too small that it looks too plain, and you don't want something too prominent that it gets in the way of your daily activities. You want something just right to fill the space without looking too dull or crowded.
The price depends on how much you are willing to spend, and it is different for everybody. If you are happy with your purchase and think it is worth it, that is enough for you to make the decision.
Floor Lamp FAQ
Q: Is a floor lamp better than a table lamp?
A: That can depend on a lot of factors. A table lamp is much lighter and more compact, allowing you to move it around. However, unlike a floor lamp, a table lamp cannot stand on its own without a table.
Q: Are floor lamps energy-efficient?
A: Yes, as long as you use an efficient light bulb, a floor lamp can be a very efficient light source.
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