When a new purchase brightens your life a bit
In my living room I have used for some years a torchiere floor lamp that provides pleasant indirect lighting. The one I had used compact fluorescent bulbs: better than incandescent bulbs in terms of power consumption but a great flaming pain when they burn out because they must be specially recycled due to the mercury content. That generally requires a trip to some site (e.g., Orchard Supply Hardware) that will accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling.
The old torchiere died—the weight in the base just crumbled to rubble, and the lamp fell over, breaking the bulbs and denting the diffuser—so I went shopping for a replacement and found this LED torchiere.
It gives 3000 lumens and consumes just 43 watts. (A 3000-lumen incandescent bulb requires 200 watts.) Plus an LED bulb that is on 10 hours per day, 7 days a week (10/7) has an expected lifespan of about 14 years, which at this point is greater than my own. Plus the floor lamp is dimmable (by holding down the on/off switch).
The lamp is extremely well made—no longer are sections strung together with lamp cord: the sections are independent but have electrical connectors that join when the (clearly-marked) sections are screwed together. The base is heavy and the construction of the assembled lamp feels quite solid. It is also not unattractive, IMO. (I got the black version.) It’s very well packed, with instructions on the box.
One nice touch: the cord from the lamp is only about six inches long and ends in a jack, which plugs into the longer cord that comes from the transformer. So when you move the lamp, you don’t have six feet of cord trailing behind you.
One drawback: the transformer brick plugs directly into the outlet, and it might take up too much room to allow other plugs near it. However, these short extension cords solve that problem. (I have a few in use for other things.)
If you use the lamp in an outlet controlled by a wall switch, you can turn it off via the wall switch, but when the wall switch is turned on you still have to use the lamp’s own switch to turn it back on. A nice touch: the lamp remembers the brightness setting and will turn the lamp back on to the same brightness as when it was turned off.
Best of all, it provides terrific lighting. I haven’t felt this good since the old kitchen fluorescents were replaced with better and brighter fluorescents. Lighting turns out to be important for me. I like a clean, well-lighted place.