The 5 Best Floor Lamps Of 2022

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Form and function are the two most basic components of what most people seek in a floor lamp. Because lamps liberate us from the one-size-fits-all tyranny of overhead lighting, they appear in models that are more diversified and specialized than ever.

But homemakers frequently pick floor lamps based on what they like rather than what might suit the room best. Lumens explains the various styles of floor lamps, ranging from arc models that loom dramatically over you as you sit to lights with upward-tilting shades called torchiere or uplight lamps. Typically these serve as decorative accents to illuminate part of the room rather than shed light on activities.

There are also floor lamps created especially to enable and enhance reading, and these are often the ones that replaced those lamps that once sat on end tables or nightstands across the globe since the dawn of indoor electricity. And finally, there are ambient floor lamps with a wider reach meant to illuminate an entire room — or at least as far as their bulb's power will reach.

Most of these appear at a wide assortment of price points. Some are so inexpensive that you'd be happy to part with a few bucks to put one in your college dorm or first apartment. Others are models that illuminate the finest penthouses and lobbies of the most expensive hotels in the world.

No matter the situation, everybody could use a light. Here are five great options for 2022.

1. Arc lamp

Arc lamps are all the rage these days because they immediately telegraph a message of modernity, but they weren't quick to catch on. According to Lightology, the style dates back to a 1962 design for Flos, originally called the Arco lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. That, in turn, has led to untold numbers of reinterpretations.

While the arc lamp is renowned for its design, what makes it so eye-catching is an aesthetic that sees the entire concept of a lamp stripped down to its essentials. A high-end interpretation of this contemporary classic from Pacific Coast Lighting called the Basque Arc Floor Lamp is for sale on Amazon for $470.

If that seems extravagant or you're not wild about the color, you might also check out the multitude of additional options from Archiology and Coaster. Wrought Studio also makes a midrange model that sells for $134.99 at Wayfair.

Remember that these, while slim and elegant, are actually the workhorses of any room because they disperse ambient light as widely as you aim them. They're meant to spread broad pools of light across the area where you've placed them and can replace the garish overhead you've been longing to turn off.

2. Torchiere lamp

If you're not interested in an arc lamp, check out this humble Torchiere Floor Lamp by PESRAE. For starters, this lamp comes with a remote that will allow you to control your lamp from up to 49 feet away. It also comes with a remote-controlled dimmable bulb. What's more, you can dim the lamp from its full power 100% capacity down to 5% — which is perfect for those late-night treks to the bathroom without disturbing anyone else or tripping in the dark. The PESRAE lamp also comes with a foot switch to turn the light on and off. 

This lamp may seem unassuming in style, but it has many practical benefits. For example, it is incredibly easy to assemble because all you need to do is screw the pieces together, and no additional tools are needed. Best of all, it will set you back a mere $43.99 on Amazon. 

3. FEMEI lamp

With its unique split-halo LED design, the FEMEI Split Floor Lamp is as beautiful as it is functional. As illustrated above, the ability to direct and control the light of this half-halo-shaped light is a terrific and practical feature. The lamp is actually designed in order to light a wider range of the room and to put the owners at choice about where they need light the most. The two halves of the circle can be positioned independently, whether you're looking to shed more light on a task or you would just like to change the look of the lamp itself. They'll rotate horizontally 330 degrees and vertically 350 degrees. There's also a smaller light attached for reading and use as a night light.

You can find these at most of the major box stores and online at Amazon. They are available in several colors, including black and white, and they retail for $89.99.

4. Leaf lamp

Minimalism challenges designers to re-conceive an object by reducing it to its most basic components. Minimalistic and Scandinavian designs have made the company Mutto a global contender. Roughly translated, the company name means "new perspective" or "change." When you combine the Scandinavian designs of Muto with the concept of minimalism, you have their Leaf LED floor lamp.

The Muuto lamp is actually leaf-shaped, as a nod to nature as befits its delivery of soft ambient light. But it also employs LED technology, making it an energy-efficient lighting source that you can use in any room. It is turned on and off with a switch rather than a remote, like some of the other models discussed. Made from cast aluminum and powder-coating, there are several colors available for this model. Some of the available colors include white, black, gray, dark green, and copper brown. Despite its simple design, this lamp costs $639.

5. Trio floor lamp

If understated grandeur is your cup of tea, you'll want to sip that tea by the light of Jannis Ellenberger's Trio Floor Lamp. This lamp boasts a detailed perforated edge alongside three shades that are adjustable. There's a classy cylindrical base that whimsically hints at the possibility your lamp may be potted. 

As you can see from the photo above, this floor lamp provides a lot of character in the smallest of rooms and elevates any space where it's on display. The body is comprised of an iron base that includes finished brass plating that's neither too shiny nor too matte. It is also available in other finishes, including nickel and black. It requires three 10-watt max LED bulbs — the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, should you wish to light your lamp with incandescent bulbs.

The Trio Floor Lamp can be bought through CB2 for $299.