What is a Floor Light?

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How gentle, directable light can contribute to your health

You might consider your home’s lighting under control between the Table Light on your desk, Nightstand Lights by your bed and Overhead Lights throughout, but diverse, layered lighting is one of the keys to your health. It affects your long term eye health, decreased fatigue and overall improved mood. Floor Lights are an essential element in home lighting because they provide one of these necessary layers. Different from Table Lights, Wall Lights and Overhead Lights, Floor Lights provide gentle, directable lighting that can either illuminate a large area or be used as task lighting.

Floor Lights are ideal for any type of work or entertainment that requires electronics like laptops, cellphones, or TV’s because they create ambient, usable lighting that protects your eyes from harsh contrast when you look up. Floor Lights are also preferred over Overhead Lights whenever you are sitting at a dining table, desk or near other shiny surfaces because they reduce the glares. Whether you live in an apartment with pre-installed Overhead Lights, a house with pre-wired Wall Lights or a condo with a mix of the two, Floor Lights are a necessary addition to any home.

Why effective, layered lighting is important

Effective, layered lighting is necessary in all homes because it protects your eyes from a number of dangers. It protects your eyes from macular degeneration and prevents headaches and fatigue. It also improves your ability to identify colors, contributes to contrast visibility and reduces the likelihood you might trip or fall. Layered lighting, achieved by combining two or more categories, widens and deepens the room by brightening the walls and making them seem taller.

Layering lighting also eliminates dark corners, a simple trick which can make the room feel less closed off. Combining different lights together in a single room also improves the overall quality of light. One light might be too harsh or too dim on its own, but adding a Floor Light to a room with only one light makes it easier to appreciate contrasts, making your visual experience a bit richer.

Why you need a Floor Light

Space saving

Unlike Table Lights, Floor Lights take up very little space because they are designed to be tucked into corners or arched over furniture. They are also more stable than Table Lights because Floor Lights are typically placed against a wall or in another unobtrusive area rather than on usable surfaces, making them less likely to be knocked over. Because Floor Lights are generally thin-framed and flexible, they are ideal for compact spaces common in apartments and guest houses. Floor Lights are also perfect for apartments because they provide a mix of lighting options, from mock-overhead lighting to directional task lighting without having to wire them into the wall like most other lights.

Gentle but bright illumination

Consistent, gentle lighting is important for eye and brain health. Poor lighting -- defined as lighting that is either too harsh or too dim -- is damaging to your eyes and can damage your brain over time. This can lead to headaches and other issues. While it is commonly known that our eyes perform best in light that mimics the sun, it is less known that poor lighting can hurt the brain as well. Recent studies have found that repeated exposure to dim, poor quality light reduces cognitive function by harming the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning. Bright, consistent light has been shown to protect brain cells, improve function, preserve energy and boost positive moods.

Floor Lights offer gentle but bright illumination that can be adjusted as needed by carrying the light to a new spot or by tilting its head in another direction. They also offer more consistency in your home’s lighting by eliminating dark spots which are especially common in homes with open floor plans. Apartments with a single open space instead of separate dining and living rooms are more likely to have gaps in illumination because a single overhead light is usually the only light installed by landlords for the entire area. Placing a floor light near your dining table and another near your couch will prevent the dark spots that make a room feel smaller and more cramped.


Floor Lights are arguably the most versatile type of residential lighting because they can be easily moved from place to place. Floor lights can be used as task lights when you work or read, for overhead lighting while sitting on your sofa or for display lighting. Floor Lights can be used by themselves or combined with other lights. For example, using a Floor Light with a Table Light while working in the evening protects your eyes from the harmful contrast caused when you look up from your desk or computer.