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Torchiere Lamps

Design Tips:

  • Torchiere lamps can be stars or background of design depending on the style and design of the floor lamp.
  • Do not use a bulb with higher wattage than recommended to avoid chance of fire or burns if the lamp is kept on for long periods.
  • Use torchiere lamps in rooms or spaces that do not have ceiling lights to give the illusion of overhead light.
The torchiere lamp style dates back several hundred years to France where the first torchieres were illuminated with candles. Today's torchiere lamps are inspired by the antique uplight designs of the first torchieres but with modern lampage and technology. The classic form of the torchiere features a flared shade that conceals the light above a tall lamp base that ends in either a round or square base. Torchiere lamps are excellent ways to add light to dark room or corner in a home, office, hotel or other professional space. These stylish floor lamps are just as versatile as they are handsome and unique.

Styles

Torchiere lamps are available in a range of styles from traditional to contemporary. Traditional style torchieres often have bronze or antiqued finishes, glass shades and ornate details to both the shade and lamp base. Contemporarys tyle torchieres tend to be more streamlined with a simpler shape and fewer details, keepimg the focus on the form of the torchiere. Metal and painted finishes are available with glass and metal shades.

Applications

Any room or space that needs to be brightened with lighting can benefit from a torchiere lamp. These uplight floor lamps wash walls and ceilings with light. The upswept light can brighten a living room, family room, den, basement, dorm room or studio apartment. Ideal for rooms that do not have a ceiling light, torchiere lamps can give the illusion of ceiling light. Most torchieres have a dimmer or three way switch to adjust the amount of light to create ambient or task lighting from a floor lamp.

Brands

The Arcadian Home collection includes torchiere lamps by such leading designers as: Cal Lighting, Kenroy, Lite Source and Meyda Tiffany. For additional floor lamps, browse our wide selection of lamps and light fixtures.




Torchiere style floor lamps have a centuries long history. First illuminated with candles, these floor lamps were inspired by torches with a long stem and a wide or flared top that held the light. Torchieres first became popular in France, hence the French name, in the 17th century. These elegant floor lamps were first tall candelabra before the invention of electricity. Electricity freed the design up to evolve into the design most common today: a long, elegant stem below a shade that has an up facing opening, creating an uplight rather than focusing the light down like a typical floor lamp.
The Kichler Lighting Alex Contemporary torchiere lamp demonstrates that this ancient lamp form can be just as beautiful and elegant in contemporary style as it is as a traditional floor lamp. Contemporary style in a torchiere means a simple shade above a minimalist base. This keeps the focus on the overall form and shape of the floor lamp. Contemporaryfloor lamps, including torchiere lamps, can be used to illuminate the height of a room as well as wash a ceiling in uplight. Torchieres are a wonderful way to add additional light to a room that is softer than overhead light but broader in its reach than a table lamp or traditional style floor lamp that casts more of a downlight.

Q & A of the Day

  • Where is the light switch on this Cal Lighting Regency Collection Torchiere Lamp - BO-825? Is it a foot switch?
    Karen Dec 21, 2009
    The On/Off switch on Cal Lighting BO-825 is located on the metal portion right under the shade of this torchiere lamp.
    Kelly - Arcadian Lighting Dec 22, 2009

New Customer Review

Love it

I bought the same lamp in bronze. I've had it for over 2 years now and I love it. It is exactly what I was looking for. It's a two-way lamp. It has a low setting and a high setting. I use 150 watt equivalent CFL bulbs. These bulbs can only be used on the high setting but it provides plenty of light. This one lamp is more than enough light for my decent sized living space (about 20' x 12').
Raffi Tchagatzbanian, Feb 17, 2014


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