Antique Floor Lamps – World’s Best Reading Lamps

Earliest let us define traditional floor lamp. Of course a floor lamp normally rests after the earth as opposed to regenerating after a table, the wall or perhaps the ceiling. The general definition of old fashioned means something from a bygone era. This places the word outside the legal arena and into common usage. “era” is basic perceived and is also defined as a long indefinite time frame which also works away properly for this basic definition. This general classification works properly since any identification of your “antique floor lamp” is rather useless without some time period situation normally in the form of circa 1905 which literally means “about the year 1905”. So We uses the term traditional floor lamp on this basis and often swap it with the term vintage floor lamp. This kind of discussion does not treat modern reproductions of old-fashioned lamps which is another subject to itself.

A lot more people are learning to appreciate the quality and styling of antique floor lamps especially as almost all of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and virtually made to be tossed away. Nearly all floor light fixture makers from the switch of the century made their lamps from heavy metals such as company iron, brass, steel and cast zinc sometimes merged with marble, onyx, a glass and stone. Our lamp fixture shop regularly restores these antique floor lamps for resale as well as for our customers’ own use. From our 35 years of experience it is clear that numerous of these antique floor lights can last for hundreds of years. The electric parts, the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were created with such fine quality, that they can be a much better value than new high end lamps that cost many hundreds of dollars. There are many other surprises about these collectible works of skill below. raggi lampadari creation

High quality, beauty and function were powerful influences on the creators of antique floor lighting fixtures. Many people are aware of their outstanding quality and beauty but completely surprised about the highly developed functional and specialized characteristics. You will find far too many examples to list here but I will mention a couple of the more important ones. 

The brightest lamp that you can purchase today in any store was designed and made circa 1920. It is also the most versatile lamp fixture that you can buy anywhere. Further it will outlast nearly any modern light fixture that you can find at any price. This kind of antique floor lamp is well known by a numerous labels such as: 6 Method Floor Lamp, Reflector Flooring Lamp, and “JUNIOR”. The design commences with a heavy metal base sometimes highly decorated with an upright tubing prior to a central electrical plug surrounded by 3 left arm lights (4 lights total). The central light requires a 3 way light (low-medium-high) that is often a MOGUL size which is larger than a standard socket with higher wattage (100-200-300 watts). The three arm lights are handled by a swap that can turn on separately just 1, 2 or all 3 of the arm lights. Further more, several JUNIORS had a tiny light under the foundation which provided a very subtle night time floor light operated by a foot switch mounted on the side of the base. As if this weren’t enough, the central top socket is surrounded in a sizable metal glass which holds a white waffle patterned glass pan that reflects light upwards to bounce of the ceiling. A fabric or silk shade (also called JUNIOR shade) rests after the glass reflector pan to reflect light downhill for reading. A one arm light provides a simple night light or at it brightest setting up, it can light up a complete room. There is no brighter lamp or more versatile lamp available anywhere today and it was designed and made practically a century before!

One of the best reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floors Lamp or Bridge Lamp fixture has an average floor light design with metal basic and upright standard which can take the form of numerous types of designed tubing, twisted iron fishing rods, and so forth For the top of the standard is an attractive ensemble metal arm with a graceful arc or curvity which ends with an electrical socket pointing down and covered by a fabric or glass tone. This has the end result of offsetting the light can be 14-18″ from the upright standard at the same time cutting down it so that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is a fantastic reading lamp or work lamp which places the light bulb very near to the task in front of you. A large number of of these Bridge Supply Floor lights have convenient pull chains which suspend below the bottom of the lamp shade for ease of operation.

Of course there are many other varieties of traditional floor lamps such as torchiere, two light, rounded arm, swing arm, and so forth Even the oldest and most dilapidated of these well built heirlooms can be helped bring back to life with a scrubbing, sanding, painting, rewiring and sometimes soldering or welding.