Tripod Floor Lamp: Antique Floor Lamps

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Published: 17th August 2015
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What is an antique floor lamp? The term antique clearly designates the age of the lamp; that it was made at an earlier age, at a time separated by at least a good number of decades from our own. The meaning of a floor lamp is obvious enough, too. A floor lamp is one which, unlike a ceiling, wall or a table lamp, rests upon the floor. We may also call an antique lamp a vintage lamp. For example, a lamp made in the year 1905 can be both called an antique lamp or a vintage lamp. The following discussion will only engage with real antique lamps and not the modern reproductions made in an antique style.

Most lamp models produced today are made of molded plastic and do not last any number of years. The aesthetic value of such productions is quite low too, as compared to the antique productions. This is why there is a greater appreciation of the style, beauty and function of the old lamps among people of today. The lamps which were made in the turn of the century used heavy metals such as brass, steel, cast iron and cast zinc as their primary material. Our vintage lamp shop collects these old pieces of beauty and restores them to make them fit for modern use. The fabric shades, the electrical components and the paint finish often are in need of slight restorations, but once restored, these lamps have a greater value than most high end lamps manufactured today and will last a longer time, too.

The makers of the vintage lamps highly valued the beauty, function and quality of their products. Most of them are generally of such outstanding quality that the technical and functional characteristics of these lamps will easily give a beat to the modern products. Examples abound, but for current purposes, the two will perhaps suffice.

First we can tell about the Six-way Floor Lamp. This lamp, made circa 1920, is one of the brightest lamps you are going to find today. The lamp is also known as The JUNIOR or the Reflector Lamp. Unlike a tripod floor lamp, this lamp has a heavy metal base, often very ornate, and an upright metal tubing or foot. The lamp has a central 3-way bulb surrounded with 3 arm lights. The central socket is larger than regular sockets and comes with a wattage power of maximum 300. The arm lights can be controlled by separate switches and thus you can control the intensity of the light according to your need. In addition, there is a small base light which can be used as night light. Further, there is a waffle-patterned glass bowl over the central socket and this helps the light to move upwards to the ceiling and bounce from there to create a diffuse light effect. There is also a silk or fabric shade that reflects the light downwards for the creation of a soft and diffuse night-light effect.

The other one we are going to talk about is called the Bridge Lamp, also made circa 1920. As a reading lamp, the model has few matches. The tubing comes in different designs such as twisted iron rod, ornate foot design, etc. The central electrical socket points downward and is covered by either a glass or a fabric shade. The lamp offsets the light just to the right degree so that the light will adequately illuminate the reading or the work area without creating lighting the surrounding spaces too much. The model also comes with a convenient pull chain which makes the operation of the lamp easier. For more information, check out these helpful guides: tripod floor lamp, stiffel lamps and salt lamp



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