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20 Best Desk Lamps Recommended By Architects 2018 Nymag

20 Best Desk Lamps Recommended By Architects 2018 Nymag 20 Best Desk Lamps Recommended By Architects 2018 Nymag

Want a truly contemporary desk lamp? Not only do you need a non-traditional looking lamp with a LED light bar, you need one that cuts the cord. When fully charged, the Luxe Cordless LED desk lamp can run for about 40 hours, providing continuous light while you work. When you run out of battery life, you simply plug a Micro USB cable in to charge it.

Pros: Extremely low price point, two adjustable elbows for directional lighting, provides surprising amount of light, offers five color temperature settings and five brightness settings

Pros: Colorful lamp offers a fun design, all-metal construction, accepts standard socket bulbs, pedestal bends in the middle to angle the shade, produces enough light to read by, low price point for a desk lamp

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Cons: Limited to a 40-watt equivalent bulb, touch sensor power switch isn’t reliable enough

The lamp’s socket accepts standard sized bulbs of 60 watts equivalent, whether they’re incandescent, fluorescent, or LED. The lamp features an on/off switch and a 70-inch cord, which is great for reaching far-off electrical outlets.

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Why you’ll love it: The Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp offers a host of useful features, making it a versatile choice for those who need a lamp that serves many purposes.

“I researched a number of sources before deciding on this design. I’ve had it for one year. The light has modern, simple, clean lines, and I like its matte black finish and LED dimmable light source. The height is adjustable, and it rotates around its vertical column.” —Guy Geier, managing partner at FXCollaborative, New York

The satin brass finish on the base, classic pull chain, and antique style emerald green lamp shade are very retro and old school. You can rotate the lamp shade to direct the light where you need it. In its review, Musichaa loves the classic mid-century look of the Torchstar Banker’s Lamp. The Fab Healthy Life review points out that the metal base and post are well made and sturdy, too.

One Amazon buyer says the light quality of the BenQ LED desk lamp is “world class” and admits that he was hesitant to spend so much on a desk lamp, but the BenQ is worth it. Most buyer reviews are positive for this lamp, though some complained that even the lowest brightness setting is too high.

To find the best desk lamps, we consulted a group of people with high aesthetic standards: architects. While they may spend less time these days, if any at all, staring at physical blueprints in favor of CAD work, that doesn’t negate the need for a desk lamp. The Luxo L-1 Task Lamp — the design that inspired the Pixar mascot — is the beloved classic. Designed in 1937 by Jac Jacobsen, the style has shed light on the drawing boards of generations of architects. But there are updates and more inventive designs out there, so I asked 14 architects in six international cities to tell us which desk lamps they use, and why. From a cheap-but-reliable Ikea version to a colorful Memphis-style design, here are 12 desk lamps that go beyond the L-1 (plus, of course, the classic Luxo up first).

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Why you’ll love it: The Luxe Cordless LED desk lamp’s modern cordless design and rechargeable battery make it the most portable desk lamp you can buy.

One Amazon customer reviewer says the skinny Luxe Cordless lamp is sturdier than it looks. However, it is lacking a battery gauge. The Luxe has a flashing indicator light that pops up when the battery is nearly exhausted. 

“I’m afraid my choice of desk lamp was made for practicality, for my fast-growing studio. My lamp is from Ikea, called Forså; I bought a lot of them for my office, so they’re everywhere. The design is generic, I like that they are not fastened to the desk, and the price is good. I can always buy more of them, and it keeps the studio less chaotic to have the same desk lamp on all the desks.” —Páll Hjaltason, owner and founder of PlusArkitektar, Reykjavik

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The Gadgeteer called it the best desk lamp because of the excellent quality of the elbows. Tech Walls’ reviewer called it the most powerful lamp he has reviewed, saying the brightness of the LED light bar is perfect for reading. However, he also said the e-reader function didn’t work as advertised. The BenQ LED light created a glare on the screen of tablets and laptops, no matter what angle he tried to position it in.

Contemporary style: Modern desk lamps borrow quite a bit of inspiration from LED lights. The use of LEDs opens up a new world for desk lamp shapes and styles. LED lights can be directed, too, which often eliminates the need for a lamp shade with contemporary desk lamps.

Traditional style: If the picture that forms in your head when you think of desk lamps is the antique style that you might find at a library table, you’re thinking of the traditional style of desk lamp.

Such lamps typically feature brass or bronze finished bases with a lamp shade and a pull chain. If you’re looking to pull the old gag where you hold a lit lamp over your head when you have an idea, this is the one you’ll want to use.

Flexibility: Many modern desk lamps feature bendable elbows and swivel heads, allowing you to adjust the exact direction of the light. A desk lamp with a moveable arm sometimes is called a swivel desk lamp.

Clip-on: Some desk lamps remove the base that steadies the lamp, trading it for a clip. This means you can mount the lamp in odd locations, allowing it to meet specific lighting needs. Cordless: Some desk lamps offer a cordless design with a rechargeable battery.

They plug into a charger when not in use, allowing you to carry them anywhere when you’re ready to use them.

Pros: Cordless design gives this desk lamp great flexibility in use cases, bendable base for added versatility, sturdy base, available in four accent colors, 18 different total light modes

“My favorite desk lamp is one that doesn’t obscure my desk. So, I have a floor lamp that kinks to bend around the edge of my desk and can be adjusted to be closer to the desk surface or a little higher. The models are typically called ‘architect lamps,’ so I feel justified. I originally bought it by accident when my roommate bought a smaller version for her desk — I didn’t check the dimensions before hitting ‘purchase’ in my online cart. The base just rests under my desk, but allows me to have a completely free desk surface: Nothing that can be broken by a clean sweep is allowed on the desk.” —Harrison Ratcliff, lead façade designer at LaufsED, New York

Many Amazon customers love this desk lamp and give it great reviews. One buyer said this Lumiy 1500S desk lamp has an excellent build quality and offers a host of desirable features. Most agree that it’s a great lamp, but some mention quibbles. Another Amazon customer said the lamp emitted a low noise when it was plugged in and turned off. It seems to be a rare problem, though.

As the eBay review points out, the 1500S has a pivoting head that lets you swing the light bar into the perfect position over the desk. Additionally, the Lumiy 1500S lamp offers easily adjustable color brightness and color temperature through a touch switch on the lamp’s base. You can bring the brightness down from 1,100 lux to 500 lux or adjust the color temperature from 6,600k to 1,800k.

Some people may even prefer a desk style lamp on a nightstand near the bed because they work great as a reading lamp for those times when you prefer a printed book over an iPad. We’ve researched dozens of desk lamps to find the best ones for different people’s needs. Before we get into our picks, here are some things you should think about when considering which desk lamp is best for you.

The straight vertical pedestal holds the adjustable arm, which bends 90 degrees at the top, leading to the shade. The socket accepts common E26 bulbs. The Vera Desk Lamp can make use of incandescent, CFL, or LED bulbs with up to a 60-watt equivalent. One Wayfair customer said this lamp works great for providing light for reading. The on/off switch is a knob on the shade.

Cons: Very high price point, difficult to have success with e-reader feature

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Why you’ll love it: The BenQ e-Reading LED desk lamp is great for reading and it has a really cool contemporary design.

Each lamp accepts standard sized bulbs, but the socket is limited to a 40-watt equivalent bulb. A Target customer reviewer said this lamp still is easily bright enough for reading.

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Before picking a particular desk lamp, think about why you want the lamp. Certain lamps excel at certain tasks, meaning you’ll be more pleased with your choice if you match your needs to the lamp’s strengths.

The lamp’s power switch is activated by touching the metal anywhere on the lamp. However, many Target reviewers said the metal touch sensors did not work well, making it tough to power the lamp.

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The Torchstar desk lamp uses an E26 style light bulb, so you can use replaceable incandescent, fluorescent, or LED light bulbs with it. It’s nice to have a choice in which type of bulb you use, though we do recommend you go with a LED bulb for energy efficiency.

Beyond the variety of colors, these Pillowfort lamps have a simple round base with a thin pedestal that leads to the shade and light. The pedestal bends in the middle to allow you to adjust the position of the shade, which one Target buyer liked.

One Amazon buyer loved the distinctive look of the Torchstar desk lamp, adding that it fit the size of the desk perfectly. However, another Amazon customer reviewer reported the desk lamp arrived with shipping defects and the bulb generated too much heat. This seems to be a rare occurrence, though, as most buyers were thrilled with their purchase,

The best desk lamps take full advantage of LED lighting technology, creating lamps that are both stylish and energy efficient. The great quality of light you receive from LED makes these lamps enjoyable to use anytime you need a bit of extra light.

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The 9to5 Toys review highlights the 25 different light modes the TaoTronics TT-DL13 desk lamp offers, including five different color temperatures and five brightness settings within each color temperature. Cheap Stuff Reviews likes the adjustability of the lamp’s two elbows, both of which have roughly a 135-degree angle of movement. However, the reviewer mentioned that the plastic and aluminum construction on the joints feels a little loose and flimsy.

Cons: Shade doesn’t swivel on horizontal plane, cord is visible alongside pedestal

“I love this lamp: It looks like a classic model, but the mixture of silver and copper make it modern, and also easier to match with other lamps and furniture metal details. It has a simple mechanism, too. Luckily, I found it at a store in my neighborhood.” —Natalia Camacho, designer at Kisp, Inc., Buenos Aires

If the contemporary style of most modern desk lamps does nothing to inspire you, we have the answer. The Torchstar Traditional Banker’s Lamp has the classic style of desk lamp that you see in old-timey movies. It’s such a classic look that when you look in the dictionary under the term traditional desk lamp, a picture of this lamp should be included.

In its review, Reactual says the Lumiy Lightblade desk lamp’s LED light bar provides a light quality that’s very similar to natural sunlight. That makes it easier on the eyes and better for artists who need neutral lighting that won’t skew color hues.

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“When I would often take work home, I got to draw on paper, and I often did it at the dining table under a skylight that we put lights in. This created a diffuse and indirect light. However, I bought a version of this halogen model 30-plus years ago — and lo and behold, it is still around. This was bought as a bedside light, and it followed me from Phoenix to Boston to San Francisco to Los Angeles to Seoul and to Brooklyn, until finally busting a couple of years ago. It became my go-to lamp as it left the bedside and became my apartment drawing lamp when I was in grad school, doing design competitions.” —Scott Oliver, partner at Noroof Architects, New York

One thing to understand with quite a few modern LED desk lamps: You won’t be swapping out the bulb once it burns out, which shouldn’t happen for more than a decade. The LED light bar is constructed directly into the lamp, meaning you’ll discard the entire lamp once the light bar burns out down the road. By that point, you may be ready for a new style of lamp anyway!

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Pros: Excellent light quality, cool contemporary/industrial design, works great for reading at night, high-quality construction of elbows, heavy base gives the desk lamp a sturdy build quality

This Trent Austin lamp is stylish, too, featuring an aged dark zinc finish that’ll work with many different décor styles. The cord is visible alongside the pedestal of the lamp, which one Wayfair reviewer did not like. However, another Wayfair buyer loved the adjustable features of this lamp. However, the lamp’s shade doesn’t move from side to side.

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The curved LED light bar on the BenQ e-Reading LED desk lamp definitely grabs your attention, giving this contemporary desk lamp a really cool, industrial design look. But this desk lamp doesn’t get by on its looks alone. The BenQ reading lamp has amazing LED light quality and adjustable brightness levels that make it very versatile.

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The TaoTronics LED desk lamp looks weird. There’s no denying that. But its contemporary design starts to look a lot more appealing when you see the extremely low price of this LED desk lamp.

The LED light bar is easily adjustable and it offers a wide light range that will illuminate your whole desk. The light is flicker-free and you can adjust the temperature and brightness to suit your needs. BenQ says it should last 17 years if you have it on for eight hours each day because the LEDs are rated for 50,000 hours.

One Wayfair reviewer appreciated the traditional look and substantial size of this lamp, which provides a lot of versatility. Another buyer at Wayfair loved the stylish antique finish of the lamp.

The base of this 11-pound lamp measures 7.5 inches in diameter, so it’s extremely difficult to accidentally tip the lamp over.

The lamp measures 20 inches from the base to the top of the shade. You’ll need 21 inches of clearance for the lamp from front to back because of the way the arm angles.

In its review, Lifewire appreciated the three different light modes and the six levels of brightness within each mode. It’s nice that you can adjust the brightness to suit your needs. Although the Luxe Cordless desk lamp looks like a severely bent hockey stick, you can twist and bend the support bar to almost any angle, as the Chair Throne points out. This versatility allows the Luxe model to work as desk lamp, a reading lamp, or even a portable work lamp.

Why you’ll love it: The TaoTronics LED desk lamp will light up your work area for much less than the competition with its energy efficient LEDs.

You can choose between nine different solid colors of lamp shades and bases with the fun Pillowfort Desk Task Lamp. It’s just perfect for students and modern-minded buyers who love color.

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Although the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S Lamp is our top desk lamp pick, for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Torchstar Traditional Banker’s Lamp, the Luxe Cordless LED Lamp, the TaoTronics LED Lamp, the BenQ e-Reading LED Lamp, the Trent Austin Design Vera Desk Lamp, the Pillowfort Desk Task Lamp, and the Malvern 20-inch Desk Lamp.

Society may be moving away from paper toward digital records, but desk lamps continue to have a role in the workplace or in the home even if you’re rarely hunched over your desk, staring at a pile of paper these days.

“The Pixo has a friendly, playful silhouette that blends high-tech LED and USB charging capability, and is surprisingly warm in lighting temperature. I’ve had it for 18 months. I like this design because it’s not what an architect may typically choose to put on his or her desk. The designers really thought about modern behavioral tics by incorporating an elegant concave base platform that can hold various tchotchkes or electronics, instead of being a formalistic dust collector. The USB charging port hidden under the lip on the base is brilliant.” —Angie Lee, principal at FXCollaborative, New York

Cons: Lamp’s elbows feel a little flimsy, longevity of this product is questionable

In most professions, staring at a screen for a sickening majority of the day has become the new norm. This has left office workers scrambling to improve work stations with healthy add-ons, like standing desks and posture-improving devices. Another accessory to add to that mix: a good desk lamp. Peering at the glow of a screen without any additional light can apparently wreak havoc on sleep patterns, worsen eyesight, and maybe even raise risks of depression, obesity, and heart disease.

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The light bar contains 28 LED lamps that offer 50,000 hours of use, so you won’t have to replace this lamp for a very long time. The Luxe desk lamp looks amazingly simple, but it’s a long-lasting desk lamp that offers great versatility.

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The lamp has a brightness of 410 Lumen, which is adjustable, and a variable color temperature that ranges from 2,700K to 6,000K. Its CRI is 90 and those LEDs should last for 50,000 hours, so you won’t have to replace this lamp anytime soon.

Cons: Black desk lamp seems to collect fingerprints, price is a little high, modern look isn’t for everyone

“Over the years, I have owned many desk lamps. My first was the classic Luxo lamp. My current desk lamp is manufactured by Louis Poulsen, which updates the Luxo approach with a more elegant design, as well as mounting flexibility, and it provides beautiful diffused light. The purchase was serendipitous: A proactive sales person from Poulsen wandered into our design office last year and brought the beautiful and simple new lamp with her. We bought 25 of them. It has multiple brightness levels, with warm LED light. It also has a small footprint, and accommodates a variety of mounting options. The shade stays cool to the touch, and allows easy adjustment. We have been using the lights for nearly a year. We haven’t had any repair issues; we will buy more when we expand.” —Clifford Selbert, founding partner of Selbert Perkins Design, Los Angeles

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Pros: Great set of helpful features, excellent light quality, LED power savings, includes USB charging port in the base, head will pivot to fit different sized desks, offers variable brightness and color temperature settings

“At my desk, I’m staring at a row of L-1 Luxo table lamps — the classic workhorse lamp found in many architectural offices for over 50 years now. But my desk lamp is different: I have a Tolomeo Table Lamp designed by Michele de Lucchi, for Artemide Lighting, in 1989. It’s a wonderful blend of clean lines, circular hinges, and exposed cabling. The stainless arm meets the aluminum shade and has a unique ‘paperclip’ handle for 360-degree adjustments. The Luxo sits at the pinnacle of mid-century design; the Tolomeo at the cusp of the technology boom. Best of all, my lamp still provides the warm glow of a 40-watt incandescent bulb.” —Jane Greenwood, principal at Kostow Greenwood Architects, New York

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“I’ve used these lamps for years, as I can buy them cheaply at my local hardware store, Mazzone Hardware Store in Carroll Gardens, for about $6 apiece. Their utilitarian style works well with my used, industrial shelving. I position the lamps such that I can bounce light off of the walls and ceiling, helping to provide even lighting on my desk, which is an Eames Aluminum Group conference table.” —Peter Dumbadze, designer at vonDALWIG, New York

In our picks, we’ve included modern, traditional, cordless, and adjustable desk lamps to suit different needs and styles. If you’re decking out your office or home, you may want to take a peek at our other buying guides like the best standing desks, the best area rugs, the best printers, the best computer mice, the best external hard drives, the best light bulbs, the best Bluetooth keyboards, and more on Insider Picks.

We love the versatility in the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp, as you can adjust it to meet whatever lighting needs you may have. The Lightblade 1500S has a USB charging port in the base of the lamp, which is an extremely convenient feature you’re sure to use regularly, according to the Cosy Offices review.

The Malvern lamp has a wide base with an ornate pedestal. A moveable arm attaches the shade and bulb to the pedestal, completing the sophisticated look. However, some Wayfair customers said the arm was difficult to adjust.

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Ideally, you’d find a stylish lamp that also performs the functions you want. 

Buy the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S Black Desk Lamp on Amazon for $69.95

Why you’ll love it: The stylish colors and clean look of the Pillowfort Desk Task Lamp are great for students and people who love a pop of color.

Cons: Doesn’t offer enough brightness for some tasks, no battery gauge

The Insider Pick: If you have a home office, it’s important to have good lighting so you don’t strain your eyes while typing away on your computer or going over documents. There are dozens of different desk lamps to choose from in all kinds of styles, but based on our research, the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp is the best one you can buy to light up your workspace in style.

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Why you’ll love it: The classy Trent Austin Design Vera Desk Lamp has an adjustable height, so it’s easy to get the light right where you need it.

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Cons: No flexibility in position of bulb, some bulbs cause excessive heat

Pros: Excellent traditional look in a desk lamp, all metal base and post, reasonable price point, can accept any type of E26 bulb, easy lamp to set up and use, 6-foot power cord

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Why you’ll love it: The Malvern 20-inch Desk Lamp has an antique brass finish that complements the look of almost any room with traditional charm.

Buy the Torchstar Traditional Banker’s Lamp on Amazon for $56.84 (originally $60.16)

“I’ve used this specific light for decades. It is made out of paper and split bamboo and is lightweight and delicate. Therefore, I buy a replacement every ten years. This reminds me that as humans, we are fragile, and nature is more powerful than we are. Plus, I like to support the traditional craft economy and this family-run business. I love the fact that Noguchi took the craft of traditional paper lanterns and turned it into a contemporary light fixture as well as an affordable work of art. I’ll also give this as a gift to friends and family — it comes packaged in a beautiful black box.” —Jonathan Marvel, founder of Marvel Architects, New York

Pros: Adjustable height for lamp in range of several inches, lamp’s shade swivels up and down on vertical plane, pleasing level of light for reading, good looking aged dark zinc finish, sturdy base under the lamp

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The metal lamps feature a solid color throughout, and the inside of the shade is the only part that’s white. The white inside coat reflects the light well, directing it back to the desk surface. You can get the lamp in red, mint green, yellow, navy blue, pink, green, gray, white, and purple.

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“Two of my lamps recently broke — my most recent one was from Target. Now, when I need extra light on my desk, I typically prop my iPhone 7 up on a shelf about 16 inches above my desk and turn on the flashlight. This works fairly well for most circumstances. The next desk lamp I’ll buy will likely be the Type 75 Mini Task Lamp from Design Within Reach, in pastels. I like this lamp because it looks a bit more free than other desk lamps, which tend to feel somewhat foreboding. I like my work space to feel joyful.” —Rebecca Braun, project designer at DIGSAU, Philadelphia

If you need an energy efficient LED desk lamp that looks a bit modern, provides natural light, and works in a variety of situations, the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp is a winner.

If you would like more of a traditional look in your desk lamp rather than the newer LED bar light designs, the Malvern 20-inch Desk Lamp is a stylish choice. This lamp looks great almost anywhere you place it, thanks to its distressed antique brass finish and wide shade. The white paint on the interior of the shade really reflects the light well, creating a bright light over the desk.

Brightness: Desk lamps offer a variety of wattages and lux in their lights, which gives you a rough idea of the brightness of the light. Lux measures light brightness and wattage measures the amount of power the light requires to operate.

As a general rule, a higher wattage number indicates more brightness. Having the right brightness in your desk lamp means you’ll reduce the possibility of eye strain, according to Lightology. The brightness of light bulbs is often measured in lumens.

If you want to match the brightness of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, you should find a bulb that’s 800 lumens. Color temperature: Whether you like warm or cool light is entirely a matter of preference.

Warm yellow light is around 2,700 Kelvin, white light is about 3,000K, bright white light is 3,500K to 4,100K, and bluish white light is 5,000K to 6,500K, according to Consumer Reports.  Lighting type: The majority of new desk lamps make use of LED lights.

These lights offer strong energy efficiency and last significantly longer than an old incandescent or fluorescent light. Additionally, LED lights offer the ability to adjust the color temperature (also called CRI, or color-rendering index), which eases eye strain, as Hooked to Books explains.

Finally, LED lights don’t heat up as they operate. Location: If you have a particular location where the lamp will reside, make sure any model you pick will fit in that spot. If you’re going to be moving the lamp around, perhaps a cordless model that runs on a battery is a smart idea.

Reading: A reading lamp should have at least one adjustable elbow, allowing you to change the angle to match the location of the reading materials. Style: Some lamps offer a design that fits in a particular décor of a room.

A traditional style of desk lamp looks quite a bit different from a contemporary style of desk lamp, for example.

Pros: Desk lamp look great with antique brass finish, ornate pedestal provides a sense of style, accepts any type of standard bulb, long power cord, sturdy base ensures desk lamp won’t tip easily

We love the versatility of the Trent Austin Design Vera Desk Lamp. Its adjustable design allows you to slide an arm up or down several inches to change the height of the shade and bulb. The shade can also swivel up and down on a vertical plane, allowing you to aim the light right where you need it. 

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Why you’ll love it: Desk lamp designs don’t get much more traditional than the Torchstar Traditional Banker’s Lamp, which has an emerald green shade and brass-toned base.

Buy the BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp (Blue) on Amazon for $189.00 (originally $249.00)

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Eye-caring Table Lamps, Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, Touch Control, 5 Color Modes, White, 12W, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program

“This enameled metal lamp was designed by Marianne Brandt in 1928 and mass-manufactured by Kandem in Leipzig, Germany. Its familiar — even ubiquitous — silhouette is the result of a successful collaboration between Bauhaus designers and 20th-century techniques of mass-production. It’s a beautiful and functional piece of design by a pioneering female designer that elevates the experience of an everyday object.” —Marlisa Wise, principal at Interval Projects, New York

One Amazon buyer was impressed with the ability of the TaoTronics LED TT-DL13 to light an entire large desk area adequately. Another Amazon customer was disappointed in the quality of the light bar construction and longevity of the desk lamp, but most agree that for the price, it’s a very good desk lamp.

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Flexible Gooseneck Table Lamp, 5 Color Temperatures with 7 Brightness Levels, Touch Control, Memory Function, 7W, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program

As shown by Lamps USA and Bellacor, a variety of features are available in today’s desk lamps. This means the chances of finding a great lamp that exactly meets your needs is as easy as it has ever been.

The BenQ e-Reading lamp’s heavy base makes it sturdy and ensures that it won’t tip over when your cat strolls across your desk or you bump into it accidentally. Although it’s expensive, the BenQ lamp is a great desk lamp for people who need good lighting for reading and working.

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port, Eye- care Dimmable Lamp, 5 Color Temperatures with 5 Brightness Levels, Touch Control, Metal, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program

After all, it takes the right type of desk light to help inspire the brightest of ideas! (Feel free to groan aloud; we did as we wrote it.)

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