Arc Lamps from High to Low

Arc Lamps from High to Low

Carrie McBride
Jan 27, 2016

Arc lamps not only make a stylish statement in a room, but they can greatly enhance your lighting situation by acting as a stand-in for an overhead or pendant lamp. You don't have to be limited to centering your furniture below existing light fixtures and, if you decide to rearrange, just relocate your lamp and you're good to go. Arc lamps share a basic shape, but vary quite a bit in size, span, shade and, of course, price. Here are 12 to consider:


Leave it to IKEA to produce a sizable arc floor lamp for just over $50.

It's no secret that I'm basically obsessed with the lighting at Target for their super low prices and incredibly high style. A small arc in this lamp makes it perfect for behind a reading chair to illuminate the pages of that book club read.

The finish on this arc lamp from Pier1 would seamlessly fit into traditional or modern interiors.

If Lamps Plus isn't in your stable of check-often shops, it should be. Affordable, stylish lighting options abound, including this adjustable arc lamp in brushed steel with a marble base.

Very similar to Crate & Barrel's Meryl Arc lamp (below), though without the solid marble base or double-tier shade.

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Sometimes, all you need is a subtle arc—in antique brass.

The super far reaching arc of this option from EQ3 is ideal for a dining room where you need overhead lamp, but don't have the ability to hang a chandelier.

If you're looking for that classic gumball shade shape, Lamps Plus offers a great option at a fraction of the price of the original.

A two-tier shade stands out amongst the crowd, and the marble base is perfectly on trend.

You're likely to find many arc lamps in chrome (a nod to the original Flos design), but we like this modern glam take from West Elm in brass with a black linen shade.

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Starting at $2,433

Available in five colors, Foscarini's Twiggy lamp—designed by Marc Sadler—is a new classic.


The lamp, the myth, the legend. The Flos Arco lamp, designed in 1962, is where it all started for the arc lamp, and it's contemporary design still holds firm in 2017 (with many imitators fighting for a place in the spotlight).

*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 01.27.2016. - AH

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