A good floor lamp can offer strong natural ambience to light up an entire living room, bright focused light for your task in the home office, or a soft amber glow to alter the mood in your bedroom.
Floor lamps are so versatile: they can fit easily in any corner of the room, modestly behind a sofa or proudly in the middle of a foyer.
While much it is much easier to install than a wired in lighting system, a good floor lamp can make amazing changes to a room. Its design as well as the quality of light it illuminates can make a total upgrade to your space and create a whole new atmosphere in your home.
How to Find the Right Floor Lamp
It is important that you get the floor lamps with the right brightness and color temperature to create the desired effects. This article will help you find the best ones to match with your interior decors and augment your room.
The living room is the heart of a house. It’s where you rewind, play with your kids and dogs, and welcome your friends. Therefore, most people want their living room to look bright and inviting.
For that effect, a floor lamp for the living room should be able to light up the space with a pleasant illumination. Combined with other light sources, it should produce a total light output of 2000 lumens or higher.
If you want a bright, energetic atmosphere in the living room, the ideal light color temperature for your light bulbs should be higher than 3500K (the cooler spectrum of white). To make it warm, cozy and intimate, a temperature somewhere between 2700K to 3500K will do.
For the bedroom, you won’t want light of high intensity (bright) and high color temperature (“cold” color). The reason is that bright blue light triggers your brain to produce hormones that keep you stay alert and awake. While this is useful during the day, at night, such light keeps you from falling asleep.
Therefore, it’s important that you have light of lower intensity (dim) and lower color temperature (warm). The total light output in the bedroom should not exceed 4000 lumens. The light color temperature, meanwhile, is ideally between 2700K and 3000K (light yellow – warm white).
A soft, warm ambience in the bedroom will create a homey, trusting, intimate atmosphere, making you feel relaxed and ready to have a sound sleep.
A reading nook should be bright, cozy, and imagination stimulating. It’s where you lose yourself into the bookly adventures!
A good floor lamp for your reading nook is one that provides efficient light for you to read the small-printed letters. At the same time, it should set the mood for reading, and elevate the unique personality of the nook or the corner while not taking too much space.
For this reason, a light with color temperature of 2700K (light yellow) to 4000K (white) will be ideal for your reading space.
For detailed tasks like data inputting, crafting, or hand embroidery, the best lamp is one that allows you to see every single small detail of what you’re looking at. It should be extremely function-oriented in design so as to help you focus on your work.
Efficient brightness is thus the ultimate criteria of a good task floor lamp. The light it gives off should be strong enough to stimulate your aspiration and creativity.
In terms of light color temperature, it should ideally be at least 4000K (cool white), and up to 6000K (crisp cool white with tint of blue). Light in this range has the similar effect on your brain as daylight. It triggers the alert, energetic feeling you have on a bright sunny day, making you motivated to get your work done.
The Best Floor Lamps 2018
Below is our handpicked collection of the best floor lamps for the living room, bedroom, reading nook, and the ones designed for task lighting. Click on each item to check out the detailed review!
|Name||Dimmable||Light color||Ideal For|
|Yes||Warm White||Living Room, Bedroom|
|Revel Trinity Arc|
|Yes||Warm White||Living Room, Reading Nook|
|Brightech Madison||No||Warm White||Living Room, Bedroom, Reading Nook|
|Brightech Maxwell||No||Warm White||Living Room, Bedroom, Reading Nook|
|Brightech Litespan||Yes||Cool White |
|Living Room, Reading Nook, Task Lighting|
|Brightech Emma||No||Warm White||Living Room, Bedroom|
|Brightech LightView Pro||Yes||Warm/Cool White||Task Lighting|
|Brightech Eclipse||Yes||Warm White||Living Room, Bedroom|
|Brightech Contour||Yes||Cool White||Living Room, Reading Nook, Task Lighting|
1. Brightech SKY – Best LED Torchiere Floor Lamp
With its bright, pleasant glow, dimmability feature, and versatility, this Brightech torchiere is the best floor lamp for any of the rooms in your house.
First impression: the lamp is much more sturdy and solid than it looks in the picture. It’s well-balanced, with a simple top and a very heavy base. This slim lamp is by no means a fragile baby. It will survive even the fiercest cat fights.
If you’re into minimalist design, you will most likely love this floor lamp. Even the light head, the center of attention, looks so simple. It is a thin round-shaped disk with rounds of LEDs on the upper side, and a metal finish on the lower side.
The lamp is dimmable with 3 light intensity levels. At full intensity, the head illuminate light of 3000 lumens, making it the brightest floor lamp in the collection. That is strong enough to light up an entire home office – no additional lighting will be needed. And to put a glare into your eyes when you happen to glance at it.
What to do about the glare, a very common problem among torchieres? Thanks to it being super slim, the lamp can sneak in the smallest corner of the room. Pick a place that you don’t usually gaze at. No worries either if you’re planning to put it in the middle of the room. The light head is smart – it’s tiltable by 45 degree and you can adjust it so the light pivots to exactly where you want it and avoid your direction.
If it’s your bedroom, dining room, or a small reading nook, reduce the brightness for a softer glow. The lamp offers a pleasant warm white light at 3000K – the perfect temperature for any of the rooms for your house.
With a minimalist design, the lamp matches easily with both classic and temporary design. You just need to get the right color among the five given options (Brushed Nickel, Dark Bronze, Jet Black, Platinum Silver, and Sleek White Finish).
2. Revel Trinity Arc – Best For Lighting Up Your Living Room
Seeking a floor lamp big enough to brighten up your whole big living room, but all the while looking airy, classy, and aesthetic? We found one like that, and it’s this lamp by Revel.
For ultimate brightness, you can turn the 3 lights on at the same time. With long arms growing from the same stem into opposite directions, reaching the height of 80”, the lamp can cover a large area and easily light up a whole room on its full intensity. When a dimmer environment is preferred, you can turn off one or two of the lights.
Due to the special design, the lamp takes some space. Therefore, it would look best in a large living room or bedroom rather than a confined space. With a heavy but small base, it’s prone to tipping over, and is best placed next to, or behind an armchair or a sofa, or in a corner of the room.
The Revel is compatible with various types of bulbs. Nevertheless, the shades look best when complemented by warm white lights. Bulbs that have color temperatures of 2700K to 3500K are ideal to go with this lamp if you want to create a warm, cozy atmosphere.
Thanks to its simple design and neutral color, it can match easily with both contemporary and traditional furnishings.
3. Brightech Arc – Best Floor Lamp For Reading Nook
Nothing in the world sounds more heavenly to book lovers than a snuggle in their comfy chaise lounge with a soft blanket, two fluffy pillows, and a good, good book.
A reading light for those moments is one you can only read by, but can also inspire your imagination and set a cozy, tranquil atmosphere.
The Brightech Arc lamp comes in a unique crescent shape, which arches over to shine evenly over your shoulders to the open pages. You can adjust its height somewhere between 47 and 66 inches until it reaches the desired distance for your activity.
At an intensity of 2000 Lumens, it allows you to read even small printed lines and see the steam on your cup of hot tea. No worries about the life span of the bulb or increased electricity bills – the lamp is made with LEDs that are extremely energy efficient and can last a decade or two.
Although strong in intensity, the light produced is very natural and pleasant to the eye at 3000K in temperature. That’s the warm white spectrum that promotes a soft, cam, and relaxing atmosphere to wherever it shines to.
As it has a slender stem and a weighted but compact metal base, the lamp takes a humble space in your small cozy corner or reading nook. The lamp’s simple on/off switch is conveniently placed in the middle of the cord, and is within your feet’s reach. The simple and delicate design allows it to blend in and match easily with any decors. You won’t even notice it’s there – that is, until it is on and add a great luxe look to the room.
The only thing that I wish to add to this crescent moon is the dimmability. If you’re simply in the mood for a TV show and want to add some soft ambience to your dark room, this lamp could be too bright. The best solution is to buy an extra LED dimmer with a remote control – that would make it extremely handy. I just kind of wish Brightech made it a built-in feature.
4. Brightech Madison – Best Bedside Floor Lamp
For a stable and reliable floor lamp, look no further than this table-lamp from Madison.
I’m not really sure if this is a table with a lamp, or a lamp with a table, but the two coordinate with each other so perfectly.
The lamp has a simple traditional styled shade with two color choices: creamy white for soft, calm feelings, or black and white for an impressive modern look. The shade is held by a metal arm which bends artfully before running straight down to meet the “base”.
The base is a two-tiered table that features black wood. Its two levels provide an awesome space for you to keep your books, magazines, and CDs. The open-air surfaces could also serve as a place to display your antique vase, tea cups, or other objets d’art.
A brilliant feature of the table-lamp is that it has 2 USB ports and an outlet so you can charge your electronic devices at any time while or while not using the lamp. Apparently, it is made with your convenience in mind. Thumps up for the engineers totally understood the frustration when you’re in bed and have to get up to get your charger and plug it into a socket somewhere on the wall!
With the table being modest in size (14”x14” and standing at 4.7 feet), you can leave it to stand next to your armchair, lounge, or as a bedside lamp.
The package already includes a 9.5watt LED bulb, which is 3000K in light temperature (warm white). When you want to change the bulb, one with temperature between 3000K and 4000K would be perfect for reading and other task-oriented activities in the living room. Meanwhile, one between 2700K and 3000K – or the warm white spectrum – would be more suitable for the harmonious, intimate, and relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom.
5. Brightech Maxwell – Best Wooden Shelf Floor Lamp
If you’re wondering what to put in your living room or office to add style and soften the look, give this Brightech Maxwell a try.
The lamp consists of a three-level shelf and a shade. It’s very easy to assemble – most users get the work done within 30 minutes without even having to look at the manual.
Standing at 63 inches tall and taking a surface of 10 ¼ square inches, the Japanese style influenced shelf lamp looks pleasantly slender. You can’t customize the height of the shelf. However, the 15 inch height should be more than sufficient for your books or even a vase of tall flowers.
The lamp stays neat in a corner or next to your arm chair in a confined space, its delicate vertical structure and the open air shelf generously offering breathiness to the room. In a large living room or a foyer, the shelf is where you can display your books and coffee mug and artsy objects to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere.
Beware if you have a toddler or some big furry friends though: at 12 pounds, the lamp is not too difficult to be pushed off. It’s by no mean a tumbler doll. However, due to its height, the lamp looks safer when standing next to a wall or a table/chair.
For turning the light on and off with convenience while you’re in bed or in your armchair, the lamp is designed with a pull chain switch.
The lamp comes with a creamy white shade. It’s thick and firm, working perfectly to prevent glare and diffuse the light to give a soft, even illumination in the whole room. There are four choices of color of the shelf to match with your other furnitures.
To create a warm, cosy mood, use a bulb with warm white light (2500K – 3500K).
6. Brightech Litespan – Best Bright Light For Task Lighting
You won’t find a better item on the market than this baby from Brightech when it comes to reading and crafting floor lamp.
At a color temperature of 6000K, this light produces the same light color as the sun on a cloudless noon. Its blue and white color helps you to stay alert, fresh, and 100 percent focused on your task, be it reading, crocheting, or coding.
At the maximum output of 2000 Lumens, it promises to beam on every details of what you have in hand. In fact, many people buy the lamp for their elderly parents who need extremely bright light to be able to read with ease.
The bonus point is that you have full control of the light intensity. When you need a soft white glow, decrease the intensity by touching the button that lies between the bulb and the neck. You will surely find a brightness level just right for your activity.
While shining like a star, the light head emits no heat at all, thanks to the energy efficient and heat free LEDs on its head. These LEDs have a lifespan of up to 20 years – you never have to change the bulb at all!
The lamp comes with a flexible neck, which allows you to pivot the light to wherever you want. It’s held with a long slender arm and a heavy weighted base to prevent any subtle shaking when you move it. The modesty in the size of the whole item allows it to stay anywhere in the room, be it next to a sofa or at your office table. It barely takes any noticeable space.
With 5 choices of color, you will surely find a shade to match with your home decor. The lamp doesn’t look sparkling and won’t add much luxe into your glorious living room like a chandelier, but if light of high quality is what you’re looking for, totally go for it.
7. Brightech Emma – Best Tripod Wooden Floor Lamp
Simple and elegant, this Brightech wooden floor lamp quietly complements your room with its delicate appearance.
The lamp features 3 thin and long wooden legs that rise to approximately 5 feet from the floor. A metal neck combines the legs together at the top to make a sturdy tripod. This neck then goes up to support a thick cream white cloth shade, which softens the light to a pleasant, gentle glow.
Thanks to its simplistic design and the neutral colors (soft brown legs and off-white shade), the lamp can match very well with any room decors, contemporary or traditional. It blends in naturally and harmonically with both eastern and western style furnitures. The tripod creates the impressions of balance and placidity, while the cream white shade offers a complementary coordination with its surrounding environment.
Whether you want to neutralize a hot color schemed room, or add some subtle warmth to a cool neutral space, this lamp will accommodate your needs. You can leave it in a room overpacked with furnitures of a thousand different shapes, sizes and colors, and it will only bring calmness and breathiness there.
The lamp goes with an LED or a 3-way incandescent bulb of lower than 150 watt. If you’re planning to have it in your living room, a bulb with temperature of 3000K to 3500K would be ideal. For the bedroom, a slightly lower temperature range (2500K – 3000K) is perfect to create a warm, trusting, relaxing mood. In fact, a bulb of 800 lumens and 3000K is included in the package.
The lamp can be switched on and off at the socket. No worries if you’re planning to place it in the middle of a room – it has a very long cord (10 feet) that runs down from the shade center.
Tip: tie the cord so it runs along one of the legs, and enjoy the neat, aesthetic look.
8. Brightech LightView Pro – Best Bright Task Floor Lamp With Magnifier
Looking for a good task floor lamp to do knitting, sewing, or other highly detailed work in your scrap room? Beware of this Brightech LightView Magnifier baby. Because once you’ve tried it out, you may ever want to do your work without it again.
The Brightech LightView Magnifier comes in a design that makes it extremely functional in every single detail.
To ensure the accuracy of your work, the lamp has 90 LEDs, which offer focused light of 800 lumens. That’s a very high intensity even for a task light! In fact, it can be too bright if you eyes are sensitive, in which case, the dimmable feature comes into play.
The dimming touch is conveniently placed on the lamp head. Place the tip of your finger on either of the arrows until you are happy with the intensity.
Next to it is the color temperature touch points, which allow you to change the color of the light.
For a crisp, bright light to boost your concentration and alertness, touch to increase the temperature. It can get to as high as 6000K, a temperature that imitates the bright daylight on a cloudless sky. If you’re working late into the night and are bound to go to bed in an hour or too, lower it to a warm white at 3000K. Play with the lamp for a while and you will surely find the shade most pleasant to your eyes.
The LEDs of this lamp are distributed in 2 rounds around a lens made of high quality glass. The lens is a 3-diopter with a diameter of 3 inches. The magnifying function is extremely handy for works that are detailed-oriented, such as knitting, embroidery, gemology, or other craft activities. When not in use, you can cover it with the attached lid to avoid dust.
To maximize the versatility, the neck and the arm of the lamp are easily adjustable. The base, meanwhile, have six wheels under it for enhanced mobility. It promises to always direct the light to exactly where you want it.
The lamp comes in a white shell. It looks simple and neat, apparently no gorgeous beauty that would elevate the fanciness of your room.
However, if light accuracy and work productivity is your priority, this lamp will never let you down.
9. Brightech Eclipse – Best Creative Floor Lamp
Brightech again stands out for its uniqueness and productivity in design with this double-ring torchiere lamp.
The lamp features a black shell, with a thin but wide, heavy weighted base and a black pole. If you like it brighter in appearance, however, go with the sleek silver finished version.
The beauty of this lamp comes from its unique rings. There are two of them: the outer one with a diameter of 18 inches, and an inner ring, 14 inches. The two rings contains dozens of LEDs with a total light output of 2000 lumens all together.
Thanks to the LEDs, the lamp never heats up itself nor the air around it, despite the strong intensity. It does, however, has a warm color temperature at 3000K, which promises to create a trusting, inviting atmosphere where it stays.
When you rather want a soft sweet ambience for an intimate, welcoming atmosphere, you can always dim the light. Touch the dimmer at its neck and choose between 3 levels of light intensity – not every floor lamp comes with a built-in dimmer like this one.
The most remarkable feature of this lamp, and it’s what makes it a beloved item in the users’ homes, is the flexible rings. You can spin and turn each of the rings left and right, upward and downward, putting them in 1001 different positions to create your desired “shape” and shade of light.
As it is simple in color and shape, the lamp can match easily with any fixture in your home, especially ones that have contemporary style. You can place it anywhere in the house and never worry about not having enough space for other furnitures. Due to the delicate look, however, it feels more secure in a corner or next to something that have a bold figure, say a sofa or a bookshelf.
10. Brightech Contour – Best Modern Floor Standing Reading Lamp
One thing about task lamps is that most of them look pretty boring. Not that anyone would buy a task lamp for decoration purposes. Yet, it’s always a plus if the lamp can give off light for you to work on your project without being a pain in the eye.
So there’s this rare Brightech Contour lamp that is good looking and also works like a charm.
Compared to the rest of the collection, this is a very small lamp. It features only a 8-watt cool LED bulb, which illuminate at 480 lumens. While this would be insufficient to bring everything in a dark room into view, its focused light would certainly be more than enough to shine on your embroidery frame or small-printed book. The light is cool, helping to boost your alertness and clearness of mind to concentrate better on your highly detailed work.
The lamps comes in a sleek and slender silver-finished shade. It has 3 pivot points so you can direct the light to wherever you want it without difficulty. It looks slender and is indeed lightweight: it’s only 15.8 pounds. This makes it more portable and space efficient. Then again, it looks much more secure next to your reading lounge than in the middle of the room, next to nowhere.
If you plan to use it as a reading light, however, you may want to connect the lamp with the nearest wall switches for convenience. The reason is that the lamp only has a toggle switch, and it’s placed right on the shade. That means you would have to stand up, or at least sit upright when you want to turn it on and off or dim it. (Yes, this little lamp is dimmable!)
Due to the slender figure and the silver finish, the lamp looks better standing in a room of modern fixtures.