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Product Listing – Fluorescent Floor Lamps - Torcheires



Fluorescent Floor Lamps - Torcheires


MANUFACTURERS / VENDORS
Multiple - Do an Internet Search for "Fluorescent Torchiere"

COST
$50 to $70. Fluorescent bulb is included.

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
To illuminate a room, floor lamps can do wonders. Torchieres or uplights, are very effective floor lamps as they direct light upwards toward the ceiling, creating indirect, easy-on-the-eyes lighting. Make sure to only purchase a torchiere with a fluorescent bulb. Halogen bulbs can be a fire hazard as they burn at very high temperatures. We've tried several torchieres and encountered two problems:
  1. the dimmer switch tends to malfunction
  2. the pole of the lamp may get wobbly and need to be tightened into the base
Some assembly is usually required.

SAFETY WISE! Make sure to place the floor lamp out of the main walking path so the person does not use it as a support for walking.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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