The torchiere is a popular floor standing indirect lamp. Unfortunately, most use a high wattage Type 'T' lamp that is extremely hot in use. I have seen several warnings about these type lamps causing fires. And they are very inefficient. This will show how I converted my 300 Watt lamp to an energy efficient and cool 20 Watt CFL type bulb for less than $10 in parts.This modification results in a savings of 280 Watts. With the addition of the second 20 watt CFL, the savings comes down to only 260 Watts.
As these lamps may differ from the one I used, please use these instructions as a general guide and not an exact procedure.
This should not be attempted by anyone unfamiliar with the safety precautions required when working with high voltage.
After I finished this, I found almost the same thing already on the site By McSensei. However, as mine is slightly different, I will leave it.
I have added a second 20 Watt CFL at the suggestion of lemonie - Now with twice the light
The torchiere is an indirect light, shining a powerful cone of light off of the ceiling and walls. It is also an extremely hot lamp, making the protective cage seen over the bulb necessary. At 300 Watts it is probably the biggest energy hog of any of my light fixtures. And as you can see, it gives off a fairly harsh light when viewed directly.
Step 2: Parts needed
You will need a standard lamp socket to fit the CFL lamp. A short threaded nipple with a matching nut and lock washer, and of course a 20 Watt CFL light bulb.
Step 3: Bracket
And some kind of bracket to fasten the new lamp holder to. I used a 3 inch corner brace