When we went searching for the best desk lamp, we had a couple of ideas in mind on what the best would entail. First and foremost, the best desk lamp should be easy on the eyes yet bright enough to bring focus to our work.
What we didn’t expect to discover was that desk lamps are much more than adequate light. They can help increase productivity and promote creativity. They can also help increase focus and further the quality of our work.
So, upon learning how valuable a desk lamp is, we thoroughly reviewed a ton of lamps and came out with 9 of the best desk lamps to get the most out of the time spent at our desk. Some of our picks are extremely functional and technologically advanced while other picks are more stylish and add a fun diminish to a sometimes not-so-fun existence. Either way, these picks will be sure to bring productivity and, perhaps, a smile to your work.
Best Desk Lamp
Best Desk Lamp
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp
This is, hands down, the best desk lamp out of all of the lamps we reviewed. The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is innovative and extremely customizable.
And when we say customizable, we mean that it has 25 different light modes. You have your choice of 3000k, 3500k, 4000k, 5000k and 6000k CCT with 5 different brightness levels each. And with this spectrum, you have the ability to choose how blue or how yellow and how bright you would like your light to shine.
In addition, the TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp offers a memory function so you can go right back to your favorite light setting and the lamp will reboot accordingly. Simply turn on via the touch sensitive control panel and you’re ready for work.
This desk lamp has an energy-efficient LED panel that reflects the light sideways to minimize glare and help protect the eyes. And to further protect the eyes from strain, the panel has a flicker free light beam.
Finally, the lamp has a USB port that will efficiently and safely charge your electronics at lightening speed. It also offers an adjustable head base for lighting at nearly every angle.
Overall, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp not only functions perfectly, it looks great too. Made out of ultra-thin aluminum, it is sturdy and lightweight and built to last.
Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp
The Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp gets a spot on our best desk lamp list because of the quality, design and the adjustability.
Now granted, it’s not as technologically advanced as some of our other picks but it’s a great, basic desk lamp.
The lamp is Scandinavian in design and is built with natural, chemical free wood. The base and shade is made with iron while the cord is covered with nylon for flexibility and durability.
Because the lamp arms are adjustable, you can adjust it to all sorts of heights and angles. And if you need to store it, you can simply adjust it or separate it to fit into small spaces.
The bulb is not included with the purchase of this lamp. However, Tomons recommends a 4W-6W LED bulb, an 8W-11W energy saving bulb or a 15W-25W incandescent bulb.
Overall, the Tomons Swing Arm Lamp has a modern look with basic functionality. It’s constructed extremely well and will be a good addition, to not only brighten things up a bit, but to add some character to a rather mundane environment.
Zeefo Wood Table Lamp
This pick for best desk lamp is as simple as you can get but it adds a pleasant soft light. The Zeefo Wood Table Lamp will create a warm and comfortable light that will set the mood for the hours spent at the desk.
The base is made of solid wood that comes with a simple on and off switch. The cream-colored lamp shade is made of linen which covers the non-flickering technology that will make this lamp easy on the eyes.
The Zeefo Wood Table Lamp uses an E26 bulb (not included) with a maximum wattage of 60 Watts.
Overall, this lamp is perfect for someone that doesn’t need direct light or a lot of light. This lamp is for those seeking to be subdued sort of ambience. And, ambience is a beautiful thing while working.
Avantek Modern Desk Lamp
This LED lamp is perfect for artists, architects or anyone that needs direct, adjustable light. The Avantek Modern Desk Lamp features 360° vertical and horizontal adjustability. All you have to do is simply slide the magnetic ring to whatever position you need and you’re good to go. No screws or other time-consuming contraptions. You can also adjust the light by rotating the light panel anywhere in the 360° range.
The light panel consists of 36 bright and efficient light beards that will save in energy consumption. All the while, the non-flickering technology will protect your eyes from strain.
The stainless steel base offers a touch sensitive control panel that allows you to adjust the brightness level to low, medium or high. And the base offers 3 power sources: a domestic socket, a USB port and a portable power source.
Overall, the Avantek is the best desk lamp for adjustability. The magnetic ring and the rotating light panel makes for an easy and quick solution for different lighting angles where you need it and when you need it. And, something we haven’t touched on, but as you can see, the lamp looks great and will make you look like you’re far into the 21 century. Perhaps even ahead of your time.
TORCHSTAR Traditional Banker’s Lamp
The TORCHSTAR Tradional Banker’s Lamp will take you back in time and give you a sense of nostalgia. And for some of us, having some nostalgia in our work environment is very important.
The Banker’s Lamp, which has been around since 1901, is easy to spot as it features a brass stand, a green glass shade and pull-chain functionality.
However, with TORCHSTAR’s recreation, there is one distinct but subtle difference – the stand is made of metal with a satin brass finish. And the glass lampshade is polished to resist discoloration and features 360° adjustability. To operate, you simply plug it in and tug the chain.
The lamp requires an E26 base tubular light bulb at a max of 60 Watts. Unfortunately, for shipping purposes, the bulb is not included.
Ominilight LED Dimmable Desk Lamp
Simple, functional, smart…these are just a few words to describe this aluminum alloy, ultra thin desk lamp by Ominilight. And the cool thing about this lamp is it folds up as small as an iPhone 6s Plus, therefore, you can easily transport this lamp anywhere. So, if you’re one to take your desk on the road, this lamp can easily go with you.
The Ominihome Portable LED Desk Lamp uses only 3 Watts of power but generates 105 lumens of light. This light panel also offers a non-flicking light to protect your eyes from strain – and there’s 2 brightness levels to adjust the light for different circumstances, further protecting your vision.
In addition, there is no need to worry about outlets, because this lamp contains a built-in, rechargeable 1000mAH lithium battery. Simply recharge it via USB port and work for up to 4 hours on a full charge.
And finally, this light is adjustable, for nearly every environment your work may take you.
Overall, this is the best desk lamp for those who often travel or work remotely from home. It’s functional, portable and stylish. And it comes in your choice of silver or gold.
Glisteny LED Desk Lamp
The Glisteny LED Desk Lamp gives you multiple options for customizing your lighting. Choose from cool white, warm white or natural light. And you can do this all through the touch-sensitive control panel. You can also adjust the brightness via the control panel with 3 different levels brightness.
This lamp features a built-in lithium battery that will last for up to 8 hours after a full charge. And what really saves the battery is the LED low power, energy saving consumption which can save up to 80% on energy.
The Glisteny Desk Lamp creates a centralized and high luminance effect, which is perfect for when working in a coffee shop, on the train or plane and will keep you centrally focused when you’re at home.
This lamp just might be the best desk lamp for your eyes because it’s free of glare, doesn’t emit UV and is free of eye-damaging blue light. It is also fully adjustable to reduce eye strain, even while reading the fine print. And when you want to adjust it, simply move the goose neck to your desired angle.
Overall, we are very impressed with this desk lamp. It’s convenient and will allow centralized focus to get the job done. The adjustability of it also scored huge points with us as well as the portability.
IKEA Classic Work Lamp for Desk
The IKEA Classic Work Lamp will brighten and lighten your space. Of course, lighten your space both literally and figuratively.
This Anglepoise recreation is made of steel and has an easily adjustable arm and head to get the best angle for your situation, whether it’s work or some reading you need to catch up on.
Overall, this is a standard and classic lamp with minimal functionality. However, it is well made and it looks great. And it does the job, or rather, allows you to do your job in a productive way.
Kiven Vintage Industrial Decor Table Light
Our final best desk lamp is the beloved Edison table light. And this is another pick that is meant for ambience rather than functionality. Plus, we couldn’t bear leave an Edison off of the list.
The Kiven Vintage Industrial Decor Table Light has a uniquely designed wooden base and a metal fixture. It requires an incandescent, Edison light bulb which you can find here.
Overall, this lamp gives off a calming radiance and will compliment any desk. And, it will also improve your mood which increases productivity – you can’t go wrong with that.