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Buying an Antique Floor Lamp vs. More Contemporary Ones

Mar 29, 2008
Having an antique floor lamp in your house is a sure way to strike a conversation with houseguests. Because of its history, intricate design and romantic elegance, it is hard not to see it as a conversational piece. And with its brass finish, stained-glass lampshades, and elaborate patterns, who could resist talking about it?

In choosing a floor lamp, one of the primary questions you ask yourself is finding out what type of floor lamp suits your needs - whether you should buy an antique floor lamp or a contemporary floor lamp.

When compared to more modern floor lamps, an antique floor lamp has its benefits and drawbacks.

First of all, there is always a touch of class and elegance brought upon by an antique piece, in this case an antique floor lamp. Its mystery and unknown past is always very appealing, and could serve as an enchanting conversation topic when friends, family, and guests visit.

But then again, genuine antique floor lamps are very expensive. This is because they are very rare. In fact, French antique lamps are being sold up to a thousand dollars or more in some auctions. To make it more available to the budget-conscious public, manufacturers seek to mimic the antique look by applying different features found in original lamps like gilded bases, ornate cloths, and stained-glass lampshades. Others even imitate the hue or color of the finish.

In addition to this, an antique floor lamp is not suitable when you want to illuminate your room. It mainly serves as a dcor and visual appeal rather than performance and function. However, there are ways to improve its functionality and safety. You can take it to an electrician to replace the electrical wirings with more modern parts. Or, you can convert it into halogen or compressed fluorescent floor lamp if you want to enjoy the classic beauty of an antique floor lamp and at the same time, the benefits of modern lighting.

Aside from rewiring the old floor lamp, you should also make sure that the base is stable. Nowadays, floor lamps have to meet UL standards, where the bases are heavier, so that it won't easily tip over. However, ages ago, antique floor lamps do not have a standardized base that can't easily be tipped over. Accidental tipping over of floor lamps can lead to unwanted fire accidents. That is why it is very important to check whether the antique floor lamp you plan to buy is safe in terms of its structure.

As a whole, an antique floor map has its pros and cons. Although it does add a touch of refinement, flair, and class to any home, it is costly and not very functional. It is suitable only for decoration purposes and is not reliable as a good source of illumination. However, if you're really after the aesthetics, then by all means, get an antique floor lamp. Just remember to apply necessary improvements to its wirings and base to ensure your safety.
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