A torchère ( tor-SHAIR; French: lampe torchère; also variously spelled "torchèr", "torchière", "torchièr", "torchiere" and "torchier" with various interpretative pronunciations), or torch lamp, is a lamp with a tall stand of wood or metal. Originally, torchères were candelabra, usually with two or three lights. When it was first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century the torchère mounted one candle only, and when the number was doubled or tripled the improvement was regarded almost as a revolution in the lighting of large rooms.Today, torchère lamps use fluorescent or halogen light bulbs. By adjusting the pulse-width modulation in the electronic ballast can allow the fluorescent torchères to be dimmed.
Halogen torchères usually came with a simple switch. Some more expensive models have a TRIAC dimmer circuit built into the stem.
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