March 05, 2018 5 min read
Buffet lamps: Placed on buffet tables or consoles; usually have a narrow base silhouette, often looking like a thin column or candlestick, with a smallish shade; typically range in height from 32" to 36".
Table lamps: Lamps designed to sit on a side table; typically range in height from 24" to 36". This is the most popular lamp style.
Accent lamps: Smaller than table lamps and typically more decorative; are most often 22" in height or less.
Floor lamps: Sit on the floor of a living space; two types—3-way and 6-way, which dictates the number of lighting levels; typically range in height from 5' to 6'.
Bridge/Swing Arm Lamps: A type of lamp where the lamp arm pivots for flexibility; the “bridge” portion hangs over a space to offer direct light; typically floor lamps but
may also be table lamps.
Desk/Task Lamps: Functional lamps designed to aid in performing specific tasks, such as reading, preparing food, doing homework, working on hobbies, etc.; typically range in height from 25" to 39".
Living Room: Place a set of buffet lamps at both ends of a console table.
Bedroom: Use a single buffet lamp on a short dresser.
Dining Room: Place a set of buffet lamps at both ends of a buffet, sideboard or credenza.
Living Room:Place a table lamp on side tables next to the sofa or chairs, or on a sofa table. The lamps don’t have to match but should be similar in size and scale.
Bedroom: Place a table lamp on nightstands on each side of the bed. A table lamp that is 26" to 28" tall (base and shade together) usually works well for bedroom use.
Entryway: Set an eye-catching table lamp on a table in the foyer to make a dramatic statement when guests enter.
It’s important to consider a table's height when selecting a lamp. Shorter lamps generally look better on higher tables, and taller ones on lower tables. As a general rule, a lamp should be no more than 1½ times the height of the table that it sits on, and the shade shouldn’t extend beyond the width of the table.
Living Room: Place an accent lamp on a fireplace mantle or piano to provide some extra illumination.
Bedroom: Set an accent lamp on a nightstand or high dresser for subtle lighting.
Dining Room: Place an accent lamp on a buffet or sideboard to augment existing room lighting.
Kitchen: Situate an accent lamp on a counter or bar to provide an attractive light source when overhead lighting isn’t being used.
Hallway/Entryway: Place an accent lamp on a hall table or foyer table to add a bit of ambiance and a welcoming feel.
Living Room: When space is limited next to a sofa, use two matching floor lamps to flank the sofa. Situate a floor lamp behind an upholstered chair in the corner of a room to provide reading light and additional illumination.
Bedroom: If the bedroom is small and limited space exists for nightstands, place a floor lamp on each side of the bed. Alternately, place a floor lamp next to a skirted table displaying pictures and other items.
Hallway/Entryway: Place a floor lamp beside a chair located in a foyer or next to a chest in a hallway to add height and provide extra light.
Living Room: Place a bridge lamp next to a chair to provide needed light for reading or other tasks.
Bedroom: Use a swing arm lamp beside a chair or beside the bed in place of a reading lamp.
Home Office: Place a swing arm lamp beside a desk or chair in the office.
Home Office: Place a desk lamp on the corner of a desk to illuminate the work space.
Bedroom: If the bed is frequently used for reading, place a desk/task lamp on one or both nightstands (instead of using table lamps).
The shades on FlairD’s lamps come in a range of colors—from light, natural hues to vibrant colors to darker hues. Following are a few things to keep in mind regarding lamp shade color and light intensity:
FINIAL: A small finishing ornament that is attached to the top of the harp; can be simple or ornate.
HARP: The wire support that attaches at the socket and supports the shade at the top of the lamp.
BULB : Attaches to socket and provides illumination; FlairD’s lamps accept either a 75W, 100W or 150W bulb.
UL LABEL: Certifies that an electrical product has been tested and complies with UL safety standards.
SOCKET: A threaded screw base used to hold and connect a light bulb to a power source; most FlairD lamps have one light socket, while a few designs include two light sockets.
SWITCH: Controls the lamp and turns it on and off; the switches on FlairD’s lamps include three-way turn knobs, on/off line switches and twin pull chains.
SADDLE: A metal base to which the harp attaches.
NECK: The portion of the lamp that connects the harp, saddle and socket to the base of the lamp.
CORD: Used to connect the lamp to the electrical power source; the cords on FlairD’s lamps range from 8' in length (table, accent, buffet and task lamps) to 12' in length (floor lamps).
Following are three questions that you should ask yourself when selecting lighting:
Not only will these questions engage the inner designer in you but they will also help to ensure that you are guided towards lighting options that best meet your specific needs.
Decor Style: Is the decor style modern, transitional or traditional? The lamp selected should complement existing decor.
Prominence: Will the lamp be the focal point of the room? If so, a good choice would be a lamp in a bold color or distinctive style that will stand out among other decor items. If a more subtle look is desired, a lamp with neutral tones and understated design would be optimal.
Scale: Are the room’s furnishings substantial in size or are they smaller in scale? A lamp with a large ceramic base and modern drum shade would balance a large love seat or sectional sofa while a lamp with a slender base and shade would work well on a delicate accent table.
Light Required: How much light is needed and where should it be focused? Dark lamp shades don't typically allow much light to filter through while lighter shades provide more diffusion. A shade with a wider base will provide more light than a shade with a narrower base.
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