Desk lamps are essential for healthy eyesight when working. They disburden your eyes and create a comfortable and efficient environment to work in. Desk lamps are paramount on your office table, at home or next to your bed stand because they help light up space for proper working, reading, writing or for pure relaxation too.
If you are looking around for a good desk lamp that won’t flicker or burn but enhance the décor and the health of your eyesight too, below are ten of the best, there are on the market today.
This Colby brushed nickel lamp desk is for the mid-century modern style lover out for a highly functional desk lamp in a classic yet sleek, understated look. It’s all clean curves and lines, a minimal fuss desk lamp that’s a beauty to look at. It is a good 21 ” high and has an 8″ weighted base for stability. Its drum shade is made of a white linen uno-fitter material giving off a soft ambient light. Paired with its brushed nickel finish it is the perfect desk lamp for your home office, side table or end table.
This desk lamp uses energy efficient LED bulbs and has its toggle light switch, a USB charging port, and a plug right at your fingertips. Its USB charging port will charge your tablet or phone whether your light is on or off which is pretty convenient. The Colby’s designers have placed the off/on switch right at the base which is a very novel idea because you do not have to stretch your hand so far to access the switch, unlike other desk lamps. It is also pretty easy to maintain and clean this lamp due to its streamlined, sleek design because it does not hold on to dust.
- Sleek brushed nickel design
- Easy to clean
- Has a USB charging port
- Weighted base for stability
- Easily accessible on/off switch
- Small footprint for your side table
This innovative Lampat desk lamp is model stands out from the crowd due to its very user-friendly and helpful lighting features. It has for starters four lighting modes that have five variable brightness models. How cool is that? If you count them, you will have 20 light setting s at your beck and call in one neat and sleek package just next to your bedside table. The reading mode is spectacular. It has a mix of both white and yellow to set that warm old library glow that inspires reading. It is really great for your eyes, and if need be, you can pair this fantastic setting with five other brightness levels to help you find your goldilocks light setting. The study mode is more white than yellow light to keep you focused on your books or homework. The relax mode is just what you need to ease in into relaxation after a long day at work. It is more of a warm yellow light setting with only a little white light in it. Yellow lights are better for vision when performing tasks that white lights are. And last but most fantastic is the sleep mode setting. This is just what the sleep doctor ordered to lull you off to slumberland. There’s a 60 minutes light timer on this desk to ensure that you do not need to wake to put off your lights later on in the night.
The Lampat desk lamp is robustly made too in high-quality plastic and while light, its base is solid and grippy enough to keep it steady and slide free. Its Led lights are built to last at least 25 years of regular use which is perfect because the downer is that they are not replaceable. It has a side USB charging port which will make it much easier for you to plug in your phone or tablet when in bed. Its design is pretty sleek in black albeit shiny so it will double up as your fingerprint magnet. Its arm can rotate to about 180 degrees in range and when folded makes for a nice back-lit night light.
- Has 27 LEDs in yellow and white colors
- Has a one-hour sleep timer function
- Has a useful USB charging port
- No glare screen
- Four different lighting modes
- Made of plastic
The Fugetek FT-L798 is an LED desk lamp with various lighting modes and brightness levels designed to suit every task and mood. There are four color variations on this recessed LED desk lamp. To make the deal sweeter, it has five brightness mode settings for each color to provide the perfect ambiance for your light requirements. Its light simulates natural lighting and is anti flicker too to ensure that your eyesight is stress free while the lamp is in use. Its LEDs are extended use designed to last at 50,000 hours of use. Its power consumption equals 14W and its dimmer is touch sensitive.
Part of its innovative features includes USB smartphone charging port as well as a one-hour auto-off timer. This jet black ABS plastic desk lamp is light but yet very robustly built. Its base is weighted to keep it sturdy and balanced, and you will love just how easy it is to store it. Just fold It and put it away.
- Has a variety of color and brightness variations
- Made of hard ABS plastic
- Very easy to clean
- Long lasting LED bulbs
- Weighted base for stability
- Has a USB charging port
- Anti-flickering light
- Its power cord is short
- Its glossy jet black exterior gets easily smudged
This TaoTronics LED desk lamp is smooth in its brushed chrome finish, solid and smart and stands quite tall. It has a compact head and massive base making it sturdy and stable. It has five color modes that range from white to warm yellow to bluish white light adjustable through touch symbols on its base. The teacup symbol, for example, signifies a cozy warm, relaxing mode of lighting while the book symbol brings on whiter light perfect for study and concentration. You can also adjust its brightness through a line of small dots on its base that signifies six stages of light intensity levels. This desk lamp has a feature that allows you to save your favorite goldilocks light setting by merely tapping on its favorite symbol.
It is also quite easy to get the perfect lighting angle with this desk lamp because its designed to turn to different angles easily. It can make 180-degree spins, and can even fold and stretch as needed. This lamp’s light doesn’t flicker or glare, and its LED panel will last 50,000 lighting hours before calling it a day. It has a 60 minutes timer function as well as 5V/2A USB charging port for your gadgets. There is a night light too with a warm, soft glow perfect for your nightstand.
- An LED desk lamp that’s energy efficient
- Has adjustable light angles
- Useful USB charging port
- Slid build
- Has adjustable brightness and light color settings
- Sleek contemporary design
- Learning different settings and light modes takes a while
This elegant lamp has flexing arms and a pivoting head that disperses light at various angles for lighting efficiency. Its constructed with a very thin aluminum alloy to make it hardy yet light. Its minimalistic design will enhance your interior decor while its choice of 25 light modes will set the stage for any occasion. Its energy-saving LED technology will help cut on that hefty energy bill and unlike other halogen bulb desk lamp this Tao Tronics desk lamp does not overheat. This means that its safe for use with kids too because it will not cause burns.
This LED desk lamp is designed with your eyesight in mind and has seven dimming levels to eliminate as much eye strain as possible when lit. It goes further and provides protection for your sight through use of anti-glare and anti-flicker light. It has a USB charging port for charging your smart phones too.
- Powerful Led lighting
- Easy to use touch controls
- Foldable swivel arms
- Weighted stable base
- Seven adjustable light settings
- Aluminum alloy build
- A bit short
The Charlton workstation desk lamp is resplendent in its classic columns, warm bronze finish complete with a fabric shade. Its timeless beauty is perfect for the office, home or bedside table providing a powerful two 75 watt bulb light that will transform your dull room into a luxury suite. Don’t be fooled by its classic looks though, this desk lamp is very tech savvy with its USB charging ports and convenient heavy duty three prong power outlets. This desk lamp is padded at the bottom to keep your surfaces scratch free, and the base is weighted to keep them stable.
Its metallic construction will keep it on for a long time and its 26″ high it really has the perfect height. Not too high or low but perfect for comfort. Unlike most other lampshades, the electric cord on this lamp is really long. You do not place extra extensions in your space to use them. You can also charge more than your phone on this magnificent desk lamp. You can charge your laptop too on the electrical outlets situated at its base.
- Metallic robust build
- USB charging ports
- Has electrical outlets for charging your laptop
- Classic, elegant look
- Weighted base
- Powerful 75-watt x 2 light
- Doesn’t have variable lighting settings
The vont LED desk lamp is short but powerful. With its four lighting modes, it is perfect both for study and relaxation. Its reading mode hits a maximum of 5,550k designed to eliminate excessive strain on the eyes while reading. Its slightly bluish study mode setting is a little brighter than the reading mode setting to help increase focus and attention. The relax mode has a warm yellow tinge to it and is a low light setting but not as low as the sleep mode setting. Hitting a maximum of 3,000k, it is indeed slightly orange and very soft to relax your eyes and mind into deep sleep. The Vont dimmable desk lamp can pivot 180 degrees from its center to its left and right to give you your perfect angle of lighting. You can also open it up in a 140-degree angle or pull it 40 degrees away from its base for two advantageous lighting pivot points.
This desk lamp utilizes an anti-flicker technology to ensure that your eyesight is guarded during long study and reading hours. Its bulb is handmade and very robust in build, lasting at least 25 years of use. You will love its one-hour timer function! When tucking for a good night sleep, just enable it, and it will turn off your desk lamp so that you do not have to wake up later to switch or have it on all night. If you are a looking for a desk lamp with a USB charging port, this is your lamp. While it is not high speed, it will still charge your gadgets overnight with you having to connect cables and chargers around your bed. While it is made of plastic, it does look elegant in its glossy, sleek finish. Its base though is weighted to ensure that t keeps stable and it is padded too to protect the surfaces it will be placed on.
- Flexible and foldable
- Has a USB charging port
- Log lasting LED handmade bulbs
- Four lighting modes
- Five brightness levels
- Made of plastic
While simple in design this lamp’s head, neck and arm are sufficiently flexible and rotatable for optimum lighting. On the side of its head are small LEDs that emit of a soft light that also helps protect your eyes from flickering and glare. This lamp has four light modes optimized for reading, sleeping, relaxing and studying. These four modes are displayed on the lamp as activities which may need some getting used to. There is a sixty minute sleep time and a memory function that stores the light adjustments made for use next time.
Its milky white light is perfect for hard concentration while its middle warmer light is perfect for reading.
It has a USB charging port at its base. Its base is weighted for stability, and its metal arm is made to last long time use.
- Powerful light
- Adjustable light settings
- USB charging port at the base
- Durable build
- Flexible and rotatable desk lamp
- Its light controls are easy to use
This light utilizes eight LEDs and is a real energy saver expending 4.6 watts only. It is light, but its base is weighted and heavy enough to give it stability on your nightstand. It has a flexible neck to help you direct the light to the position you’d like it to be the most when lying down or sitted up. It has intuitive and easy to use light settings which range from low, medium to high light settings.
You will love its three dimming levels too. The task mode turns the light to full brightness to help you work with excellent light on. The relax mode dims the light to 50% brightness while the night light dims it further to a 5% brightness perfect for sleeping. All these settings are easily operable from a touch button which is ideal for the aged or kids or anyone with injury on their hands.
- Energy saving desk lamp
- Has touch buttons for settings
- Has three dimming levels
- Has a rotating head
- No USB charging port
This affordable TaoTronics lamp has a polished modern design that is a natural fit for any room and has a rotatable head and arm. Its arm pivots sideways too to give the perfect illumination angle for larger work areas. It is part aluminum alloy and part high quality plastic with well made hinges that do not creak or slop. When not in use its stem can be shut to form a vertical white stick while its base can fold against the arm for convenient storage.
The TT-DL13 from TaoTronics is a LED desk lamp that will help you cut your energy costs by up to 75%. It has five color modes to choose from, one to match your mood, be it study, reading, sleep, relaxing or sleep. This fantastic feature is enhanced by its seven brightness levels that further assists you set the perfect lighting for your activity. Its non flickering light coupled with efficient anti glare features will ensure that your eyesight is protected especially during those long working hours. What’s more? You can use the USB charging port at its base to charge your Smartphone, tablet or e-reader conveniently.
- Has touch control settings
- Rotatable head and arm for wider viewing angles
- USB charging port feature
- Five color modes available
- Polished elegant design
- Part aluminum alloy body for long life
- The base needs more weight to keep it stable
Factors to consider when purchasing a desk lamp
- The size of your working space
Before making the purchase of a desk lamp, it is imperative to know the measurements of the area you intend to use it on. If for example, your working area is large, you will need a lamp that’s tall. This ensures that its light gets to cover a wider area. An adjustable stand can also enable you to add some height to a desk lamp to allow it to light a larger area of space.
- The location of your power source
Spaces that need lighting often have limited access to power. When purchasing a desk lamp ensure that if it is powered by electricity, you desk lamp has a power cord long enough and if not, do purchase an extension cable for it.
- The direction and position of your working space. If you intend to use your desk lamp in a room with several working spaces, it does help to purchase a desk lamp with a swivel or flexible head. This is a desk lamp that can be manipulated to illuminate what’s most important at a given time.
- Quality of light
Desk lamps are perfect for alleviating eye strain in poorly lit working spaces. Intense light from a desk lamp is not good for your eyes, especially in an age where we spend most of our waking hours staring at brightly lit back screens. A good desk lamp should have 5-9 watts to prevent eyesight damage.
- Comfort features
A desk lamp with innovative features such as an automatic light turns off functions or USB charging ports will go along in making your life easier. Beyond that, an element such as the auto turn off will also assist you to save on energy.
The desk lamp we have today is available in many design styles that picking one can be mind-boggling. Preference is a significant factor to consider to when choosing that perfect desk lamp but do also consider the décor of the space you are going to place the desk lamp in.
- Energy efficiency
A desk lamp with LED bulbs has a lower energy footprint that those that use classic run of the mill bulbs.
- Color temperature range
The most fantastic desk lamps have a variety of color temperature that you toggle depending on your activity. Measured in Kelvin (K) a good color temperature range is between 2800-4000K.
- Anti-glare/ Anti-flicker features
The diodes on a LED desk lamp should not be visible to the eye, and when they are, they cause glare which results to eye strain. A desk lamp with a diffusion panel or lamp shade will cover these glare causing bright points for healthier eyesight.
LED bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours use while incandescent bulbs will only do 1,000 hours before they are ready to give up the ghost. LED-based desk lamps will put in more time and are also not prone to overheating, unlike their old generation counterparts.
How to pick the best desk lamp
For small desks or bedside tables, a lamp with a small base will assist on space saving. Large desks need lamps with a swing arm design or an architect desk lamp design because they have a further lighting reach. Always ensure that your light source is placed higher than your eye view. If set within your view or too low a view, the light will cause eye strain.
How to best place your desk lamp
- Place your desk lamp in a position that eliminates shadows from your work area. A right-handed person should place their desk lamp on their left. A left-handed person should do the vice versa.
- When using a computer ensure that the keyboard is illuminated by the light of your desk lamp without causing glare onto the screen
Tips for buying the best desk
- Go LED
With time LED lights have become more affordable and their advantages over their traditional counterparts are many. For one they will outlast them twenty times over and consume 70% less energy while at it. LED bulbs are manufactured from eco-friendly materials, so if you want to go green, invest in a Led desk lamp! Your LED desk lamp will provide more even lighting than that of other classic bulbs too.
- Go for innovative features
With new age Led lighting, desk lamp designers have pushed the envelope further than they could before because the LED lighting is very versatile. While classic desk lamps needed a lampshade to disperse light evenly LED lights only depend on the shapes and forms of the bulb casing to scatter light. That is why today you can buy uniquely shaped LED desk lamps that disperse light better and enhance your space too.
- Go for adaptability
LED desk lamp have settings that adapt them into various work situations. They can be set to give excellent reading, sleeping, relaxation or study modes eliminating glare and proper eye care.
- Go for a desk lamp with ‘mood’ lights
A LED desk lamp that can change the temperature of the light from warm hues for relaxation to cool tones for concentration at work will assist set the mood and ambiance of your environment.
The Colby brushed nickel desk lamp stands out not only for its minimalist yet elegant classic look but for its perfect height, the ideal light dispersion of its powerful lighting and its soft ambient light. It is suitable for any desk whether in the office or at home and it will significantly enhance the décor too. Its energy-efficient LED bulb will go a long way to preserve energy and due to its sturdy construction will light up your life for many years to come.