I bought two of these floor lamps for the living room area. I put one at each end of the couch. I can switch on one, two or all three lights at once. My wife can control the direction of her lamp and I can have all the light directed my way with mine. I can aim the light down or sideways or straight up. I like that these are metal light covers. When I have seen this type of floor lamp it usually come with plastic covers. I have had a lamp with a plastic cover get hot enought to melt the plastic that was around the bulbs. No problems with this one. Metal is definitely better. Just make sure you use the proper watt light bulbs inside them. I use three 40 watt bulbs, but the highest they recommend is a 60 watt bulb in each socket. I flip the bottom light down to read the paper and flip it back up when I am finished. I use this lamp at the computer sometimes too. I flip the bottom light fixture down to shine on the keyboard and the other two I flip up. This gives me just the right amount of light exactly where I need it. I really like that I can direct the light fixtures in different directions and get the effect I desire from using just one lamp. I love the stylish look too. I would very highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a stylish floor lamp.