Floor lamps are the ideal solution to illuminate any type of environment. They allow you to add a point of light where you prefer, to create an atmosphere suited to the context or simply to improve the enjoyment of some corners of your home. This type of lamp is extremely versatile and has always been the object of experimentation by designers: the design of the available models allows them to range between classic solutions, more contemporary products and impact lamps with an eccentric style. Object of stylistic and formal experimentation, it is possible to choose between classic vertical floor lamps or design floor lamps with less conventional and more refined shapes, also according to individual needs. In fact a floor lamp decorates and embellishes the room even when it is turned off. It is precisely this ability to combine aesthetics and functionality that makes the floor lamps a furnishing element in every respect. Over the years, experimentation has not stopped at the simple aesthetic side: technology has had a clear influence on the metamorphosis and evolution of floor lamps, which today are one of the most customizable furnishing elements.
Floor lamps: icons and new trends
Floor lamps are products that have undergone continuous reinterpretations over time, combining iconic objects with innovative elements. The modern design models feature filiform, chrome-plated structures and minimal lines that fit perfectly into a contemporary context. The classic floor lamps, consisting of a base, a stem and a lampshade, most commonly made of fabric, find their place in corners that require simple additional lighting. This type of lamp is suitable not only for domestic environments, but also in hotel lobbies or waiting rooms. In contract environments, height-adjustable floor lamps could be useful, with which it is possible to adapt the height of the light source according to the internal height of the rooms you need to light. If you have to light a specific area of the living room, perhaps furnished with sofas and armchairs, the ideal solution may be an arched lamp with the characteristic arched stem that allows you to diffuse the lighting in a different point than the base. The latter is made invisible because it is positioned under or to the side of the sofa, while the structure of the lamp extends towards the point you want to illuminate. Finally, tripod lamps are lighting systems with a strong aesthetic impact that are difficult to overcome by fashion. Their base is strongly reminiscent of the pedestals of professional cameras or camcorders, but surmounted by a projector that is often adjustable. But there are floor lamps made in many shapes, finishes, materials and colours. The use of floor lamps brings a series of advantages in the environments in which they are used: being immediately visible, they can easily give their style to the environment even if, thanks to their shape, they occupy a minimum space and give the possibility to be used even in small environments and not only in large areas; they can be moved according to the need so they are the emblem of functionality and versatility, and thanks to this, depending on the type of light chosen, they can create special atmospheres, warm and welcoming environments by changing the essence of the rooms that host them.
Light effects with direct and indirect light floor lamps
This type of lighting can be found in all direct light floor lamps, among the various models available the choice usually falls on reading floor lamps: ideal for creating a relaxing corner in the living room or bedroom are often also adjustable floor lamps used to direct the light flow and make reading more comfortable. Among them, the floor lamps with flexible arm are also ideal next to a desk or desk thanks to their maximum adjustability, as well as being perfect as office floor lamps. On the other hand, indirect light floor lamps, also known as projector lamps, are useful to illuminate a given environment in a general way according to needs. In fact, by illuminating large areas of the ceiling, this solution makes it possible to remedy rooms with little light with reflected and soft light. Light-coloured ceilings allow much of this light to be reflected as opposed to dark-coloured ceilings. However, this type of lamp is not suitable for reading. The most complete solution, however, is the floor lamp with direct and indirect light, which at the same time illuminates the room through the reflection of its light source on the ceiling surface and directs an adjustable element where it is considered necessary, perhaps towards the reading station next door.
Light sources for floor lamps
As with all other light sources, floor lamps use light bulbs that can be enclosed in 4 main types. For each of these there are different energy consumption and duration. Until a few years ago, incandescent floor lamps were the most common. To date, they are little used because of their high energy consumption. Halogen uplighters remain an alternative to the former, due to the similar shape of the bulb but with higher lighting quality and lower consumption. Halogen bulbs are very resistant to cold so they are suitable for outdoor use and also guarantee a service life between 1000 and 5000 hours. Fluorescent or low-power floor lamps can provide an average life of between 6,000 and 12,000 hours and offer significantly lower consumption than incandescent lamps: up to 5 times lower. These, however, are not immediately illuminated. Finally, the LED upright lamps can be defined as the best choice since they have a very low energy consumption and a significantly longer lifespan than the other options: they can reach 30,000 hours of life with immediate ignition and strong resistance to both heat and cold, making them perfect for use in both indoor and outdoor situations.
Alternative technologies for floor lamps
Also for floor lamps, the technological aspects are important. With some innovations and some optional extras, creating the right atmosphere is easier. To find the right intensity of light, the floor lamps with dimmers are perfect: your living room will have the perfect light at all times; whether you want to spend time with your friends, watch TV, or just relax, just adjust your lamp and you will get the most suitable light output using the same lamp. The lighting control is controlled by a rheostat capable of managing the input power and voltage. The dimmers can be both mechanical and electronic and are also a useful tool to influence energy saving by being able to choose the power needed at any time. RGB floor lamp technology is the foundation of this functionality in the world of LED technology. LEDs are light emitting diodes. Traditional LEDs emit only one type of light, usually white. RGB lamps use three types of LEDs: red, green and blue LEDs. Hence the abbreviation RGB: Red, Green and Blue. The bulbs that use this technology are able to reproduce a wide spectrum of colors using the three colored LEDs, mixing them with different intensity thus obtaining different color intensities. For a more complete use there are also lamps with RGBW technology, which add white LEDs, hence the letter W of White. These systems have many everyday applications: besides giving a different style to environments according to different themes or moments of the day, RGB LEDs reduce eye fatigue. If we are talking about technology, in the world of furnishing lamps, wireless floor lamps should certainly be included. Using an integrated, rechargeable battery, these lamps can be positioned even in areas where there is no direct access to electricity and allow these lamps to be easily transported from one environment to another, from indoor to outdoor, combining the concepts of design and smart in a single product. The battery can be recharged when necessary bringing the autonomy of these lamps up to 6 hours of continuous use, having a wide beam suitable for lighting any type of environment. Some of these solutions also provide for the presence of solar cells that allow a self-charging of the battery using the sustainable energy of the sun.
Styles and materials for floor lamps
A floor lamp can be a complementary element in the furnishing of a room or it can become a protagonist influencing everything around it with its style. Whatever the shape, style and materials chosen, the floor lamp is able to create separate corners and spaces thanks to the use of light. From classic-style floor lamps to modern-style floor lamps, these are true design icons. The prevailing material in the realization of these products certainly sees the floor lamps in metal as great protagonists, preferred for their resistance and versatility: among them the steel, aluminium or the more traditional wrought iron and brass floor lamps. Not to be overlooked among the modern styles the Scandinavian style floor lamps: this style, protagonist of many projects in recent years, seems to have entered among the timeless styles that will accompany the furniture choices for a long time. Surely the wooden floor lamps are the emblem of this stylistic current and are now a must warm and welcoming environments. While for the more eclectic and ethnic style enthusiasts, the better choice could be to choose a floor lamp with rattan or bamboo lampshade. For those who prefer a classic style, Murano glass floor lamps could satisfy the style of the environment to be furnished, with games of color and reflections through the glass you can make your living room or your reading corner unique. While the Swarovski? crystals floor lamps will surely give a fairytale touch even in a princely style restaurant, perhaps together with gold leaf bases. All these possibilities of original styles and lines, combined with more or less classic materials and innovative technologies, will characterize your space to the maximum.
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