Floorlamps are self-supporting lighting fixtures often used as reading lamps or auxiliary light sources in a living room or office space. Most floorlamps use a solid base for support, with a centralized pole holding the individual light fixtures in place. A lamp shade or other shield is used to diffuse or direct the light produced by the bulbs. Many floorlamps have multiple settings for different levels of illumination.
Floorlamps are often used in conjunction with overhead lights to provide visual interest and additional illumination for reading. Home decorators select floorlamps which match the overall design theme of the room, from antique brass to modern stainless steel. Overhead lighting may provide general illumination, but floorlamps offer concentrated light in dark corners, over sofas and beside beds. Because floorlamps are freestanding, they can be placed anywhere near a electrical outlet and a favorite reading area.
Some floorlamps are intended strictly for lighting, while others may have shelves or magazine racks built into them. Because they are self-supporting, floorlamps are generally placed out of high traffic areas. It can be far too easy for small children to trip over floorlamps placed in an open area. Floorlamps are commonly positioned in corners or to the side of living room furniture. Floorlamps may also be left on for security purposes or plugged into cut-off switches for quick illumination of a dark room.