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Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

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There are a lot of ways to make a house (or apartment or dorm room) feel like a home, and using lamps is one of them! They create a soft and ambient glow that can’t be matched by just one overhead light. Keep reading to learn about all the types of lamps.

Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

Types of Table Lamps 

Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

Some lamps (like piano lamps) are designed to go on tabletops, while others are miniature versions of the floor lamps you’re used to seeing. These are some common types of table lamps.

Table task lamps

A table task lamp typically has just one base and arm and is designed to cast concentrated light into one specific area, so you can focus on the task at hand.  There are a few different kinds: 

 

Desk lamps

Desk lamps are designed to focus light on your work space. Typically, they have a bendable neck that allows you to adjust the light’s focus. 

 

Arc table lamps 

An arc table lamp (sometimes also called an arch lamp) is characterized by an arc-shaped arm reaching out from its base. 

 

Piano lamps 

A piano lamp (also called a banker’s lamp) is meant to illuminate a surface with its oblong shape. 

 

Swing arm lamps

Swing arm lamps are designed so that you can swing the neck of the lamp and focus the light where you need it. Sometimes they are attached to the wall, rather than sitting on a tabletop. 

Waterdrop Table Lamp

Standard or traditional table lamps 

A standard table lamp has one base, one pole and an attached shade. 

Tripod table lamps

A tripod table lamp is characterized by a three legged base and is small enough to sit on a tabletop. 

Table torchieres

The key feature of a torchiere lamp is that it shines light upward and outward. These are ideal for creating an ambient glow, rather than for focusing on a task. Table versions are small enough to sit on a desk or other surface. 

Candlestick table lamps

Also called buffet lamps, candlestick table lamps are characterized by their tall and thin shapes. 

 

 

Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

Types of Floor Lamps 

Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

There’s more to floor lamps than just a one neck and a lampshade. Read on to learn about the mogul lamp, column lamp and more

Standard or traditional floor lamps 

A standard floor lamp has one base, one pole and an attached shade. 

Mogul lamps

A mogul lamp, also called a six way lamp, has a large light bulb in its center and is surrounded by smaller light bulbs. 

Stanton Floor Lamp

Floor task lamps

A floor task lamp typically has just one base and arm and is designed to cast concentrated light into one specific area, so you can focus on the task at hand.  

Tripod lamps 

A tripod floor lamp is characterized by a three legged base. 

Column lamps

Like the columns you see on beautiful old buildings, column lamps are tall and typically a rectangle shape. You can think of these lamps as a statement piece. 

Arc lamps

An arc floor lamp is characterized by an arc-shaped arm reaching out from its base. 

Candelabras 

Candelabra lamps have several arms that emerge from the neck of the lamp, each holding another light. 

Solid Spotlight Floor Lamp

Tree lamps 

Just like the kind you find in the forest, a tree lamp has multiple branches. This type of lamp is perfect for creating a lot of light in a small amount of space. 

Floor torchiere 

The key feature of a torchiere lamp is that it shines light upward and outward. These are ideal for creating an ambient glow, rather than for focusing on a task.  

Types of Lamps: Know Which One to Buy

We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect type of lamp for your space. If you’re feeling inspired, you can browse our full lighting selection here.