Floor Lamps
Littman Bros |  January 18, 2013

Key Ingredients for Lamps: The Basics

Dimond Table LampHere at Interior Lighting Style, we want our readers to understand how to find the perfect style and type of lighting for each room in their home and table lamps and floor lamps are typically a type of task light that most people consider when laying out their interior lighting scheme.  Today, we want to tell you how to pick the best lamp, sharing our basic knowledge on shades, glares, heights and overall basic details.  We will soon cover the various styles so keep an eye out.

First of all, table and floor lamps are a wonderful addition to any space because they are both functional (providing the necessary task lighting) and decorative – here are the main things you should consider when selecting lamps for your space.

Murray Feiss Table LampThe typical height of a table lamp should be at about 42 inches from the table’s surface, or depending on your furniture, table lamps can range in height from 26-34 inches.  A floor lamp should stand at a height of 60-62 inches high; most floor lamps are adjustable in height and can be found with a swing-arm function to vary the position of the lamp.

Kichler Floor LampIf you are placing a table lamp next to a couch or chair, you can always determine what the height should be by the furniture and height of the table next to it.  In order to establish a good height for your table lamp, sit in the chair or couch next to it and the bottom of the shade shouldn’t be higher than your eye level, this will also prevent eyestrain or glare.

When it comes to table lamps and floor lamps it is essential that the lighting is optimal in every situation – different tasks call for varying brightness of lights and it is important a lamp does not have a glare.  Making sure your lamps are at the correct height helps this as well as the use of dimmers – dimmers decrease the need for the eye to adapt to changing light levels.

Shades – when picking out a shade for your lamp it should always complement the lamp rather than overpower in any way.  Yes, lamps often come with lampshades although it can be fun to mix and match at times.  When determining the size of your shade, remember that it should be 2/3 the height of your lamp’s base; ratio is important.  The widest part of your shade should also be about a half inch wider that the widest part of your lamps silhouette.