I love lamp.
And no. Not in a I’m just looking around the room, seeing things, and saying I love them sort of way.
Seriously. Having one of the best desk lamps is awesome. They cannot only illuminate your room, but make it look more complete as well. And desk lamps are an absolute necessity for any who spend their time at a desk reading or writing.
But not all desk lamps are built alike. Some outshine others, while some are just left in the dark.
SO… before I can make another lamp pun, let’s shine some light on the lamp situation (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.) and take a look at some of the best desk lamps you can buy.
The Best Desk Lamps
- TaoTronics LED with Qi Wireless Fast Charging
- COZOO LED Desk Lamp
- Wanjiaone Desktop Lamp
- TaoTronics TT-DL16
- HAITRAL Industrial Desk Lamp
- SBOTLIGHT Lamp with Bluetooth
1. TaoTronics LED with Qi Wireless Fast Charging (Best All-Around)
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Qi-Enabled Wireless Fast Charger, USB Charging Port, 5 Color Temperatures & 5 Brightness Levels, Night Light Mode, 1 Hour Timer, Black, Philips Enabled Licensing Program
- Desk Lamp with Revolutionary Wireless Charging: This LED desk lamp incorporates RavPower's groundbreaking HyperAir technology to fast charge compatible iPhones and Samsung devices with up to 7.5W and 10W, respectively. Standard wireless charging speed for other Qi-enabled or Qi-receiver equipped devices.
- Eye-caring And Dimmable Office Desk Lamps: Emitting an even glow without glare, this flicker-free LED lamp has fully customizable color / brightness settings and a multi-joint arm to create your ideal illumination. With 5 lighting color temperature & 5 brightness levels, you can always adjust the light to your task and the surrounding light conditions.
- Convenient USB Charging Port: For all wire-charging devices, you can power your smartphone, tablet, and other devices with a 5V/1A USB port on the left bottom of the table lamp, you'll be able to charge your phone or other devices without looking for an outlet.
- Flexible & Adjustable: The LED desk lamp has a rotating base and adjustable lamp body, which can provide more flexible and larger lighting area. The foldable design saves space and you can carry it anywhere in the office, living room, bedroom, dormitory and any other places.
- Timer with Memory Functions: Turn lights off automatically after an hour if you doze off over your studies at night or you want use it as an sleep night light. With memory function, the desk lamp will resume the color temperature and birghtness of the last use when turned on automatically.
This is my number choice for best overall lamp. It comes equipped with 5 color temperatures with 7 different brightness settings. You’re sure to find the right combination you need for whatever lighting needs you may have. The lighting fixture swivels a full 90 degrees and left and right to ensure your light in directed in the proper direction. It also comes equipped with a sweet night light setting and one hour shut off timer. But wait there’s more! The TaoTronics has the Qi Wireless Charging system to wirelessly charge your compatible Apple or Samsung devices. But if you’d rather utilize wired charging, feel free to plug up to two devices into this lamp’s USB ports.
2. COZOO LED Desk Lamp (Best for Limited Sockets)
COZOO LED Desk Lamp with 3 USB Charging Ports and 2 AC Outlets,3 Color Temperatures & 3 Brightness Levels, Touch/Memory/Timer Function,10W Eye Protection Foldable Reading Light,Black
- 【Multiple Functions】3 Port USB Charger(5V/4.5A),2 Outlet Power Socket(1250W), memory function, 3 lighting modes, 3 brightness Levels, 60-minute timer, office lamp, night light, task work lamp, dorm arm lamp,reading lamp,computer lamp.
- 【3 Adjustable Brightness & Color Temperature】 Touch sensitive panel allow you to adjust different brightness and lighting modes(CCT) to suit your mood with a simple slide of the finger. Enjoy the most comfortable setting every time for working, studying, relaxing or getting ready to sleep.
- 【3 Port Smart USB Charger】 This charging station stand can charge up to 3 devices (such as iPhone, Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, etc) This is the best charging companion for your Apple watch, iPhone,iPad and other USB devices.
- 【2 Standard AC Outlets】It’s best choice for charge your laptops, printers,bluetooth speakers,Xbox one,PS4 and more in your home and office.(The AC outlets and USB Ports are always under working conditions without switch.)
- 【QUALITY GUARANTY】Confidence in our products, we provide 90-Day Money Back Guarantee and 24-month warranty (we will replace new one to you instead of repair) that ensures you a total hassle-free purchasing. If there is any quality issue for this desk lamp or you are not happy with your purchase, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The COZOO is a great lamp for those who are in a pinch for electrical sockets–such as dorm rooms. The lamp not only comes with 3 brightness levels with 3 lighting modes, but also with 2 wall outlets! So now, you can plug in your lamp, laptop, and coffee warmer all at the same time! Need to plug in your phone? Well the COZOO has you covered there too with its 3 USB charging ports. Looking to give a great college gift? This is the lamp for you.
3. Wanjiaone Desktop Lamp (Perfect for Students or Writers)
Wanjiaone Study LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port&Screen&Calendar&Color Night Light, Kids Dimmable LED Table Lamp with Pen Holder&Clock, Desk Reading Light for Students,10W
- Multi-functions : 7 in 1, desk lamp with USB charging port, 256 color changing base, pencil holder, clock, calendar and LCD screen, it meets all your requirements.
- USB Port: Output 5V/2A USB charging port,so you can spend less time to remain full electricity for your mobile device.(Iphone, samsung or power bank)
- Colorful light: Touch the spectrum ring to adjust 256 color changing base, create any variety of atmosphere at the night. If hold down the spectrum ring for 2 seconds, the color would cycle automatically, now you can color your night and life with this magic lamp.
- Best gift for children: Large capacity pencil holder can also help you to place something, dimmable reading lamp with 3-Levels of brightness, suitable for students to use as a led desk reading light.
- Gooseneck design: Free to adjust light angle, light up every corner of your world.
This lamp is the perfect selection for writers and students. It’s an all-in-one lamp sure to fit all your needs. Need a pen? Check the pen holder. Need to know the time? Check the alarm clock. Need to charge your phone? Check out the fast charging USB port. Its actual lighting feature is pretty standard with 3 different brightness levels , but its other features are what really make this great.
4. TaoTronics TT-DL16 (Best All-Metal Option)
TaoTronics TT-DL16 Stylish Metal LED Desk Lamp, Office Light with 5V/2A USB Port, 5 Color Modes, 6 Brightness Levels, Touch Control, Timer, Night Light, Philips EnabLED Licensing Program
- Durable & Solid: Made of premium aluminum alloy, the LED desk lamp is thoughtfully designed, stylish and scratch-resistant to last longer
- More Colors, Much Brighter: 5 color modes and 6 brightness levels meet your needs for any occasion; up to 1200 Lux, the lighting is bright enough for reading, studying, working, relaxing, etc.
- Easy on Your Eyes: Light guide panel transmits light sideways for glare-free illumination to brighten your space without harming your eyes
- Personalize Your Light: Easily dim or brighten the light, or drastically change the color through a scale of warm yellow to cool white by sliding your finger on the glass touch pad
- More Features: Conveniently powers up your device via the 5V/2A smart USB port; shine a spotlight in any angle you want by swiveling the lamp via the 4-axis rotation up/down/left/right
TaoTronics’ all metal TT-DL16 is an awesome choice for those looking for a sleek, yet robust lamp. It comes with 5 color modes and 6 different brightness levels. The lamp also boasts an advanced memory system. Just set your favorite settings and revert back with the press of a single button. It’s also fully adjustable from all joints so you have the superior angle for whatever your situation calls for.
5. HAITRAL Industrial Desk Lamp (Best for Funky Modern Design)
Sale HAITRAL Industrial Desk Lamp, Vintage Edison Bulb Table Lamp for Dorm, Office, Bedroom, Living Room (Without Bulb)
- 【Perfect Size and Save Space 】 The vintage lamp is 16.9 inch (H) x 5.9 inch (W), It is a small rustic desk lamp that punches a lot of light, able to brighten up a room by itself. Place on a desk or bedside table for a modest, refined look in fashion lighting.
- 【Industrial Style Ideal Decor】The HAITRAL industrial desk Lamp is designed for a modern and elegant look. This charming design showcases a tubular metal body and wooden lamp base with an exposed bulb for an added industrialized touch. The modern desk lamp can offer a smooth, comforting and relaxed feeling to a house the second it is turned on. It is the perfect decor for a beautiful modern house.
- 【High Quality Material】The edison bulb desk lamp is constructed of high quality metal frame that creates the industrialized look. The base is a log base design to creates a beautiful contrast to the body. The quality of the lamp allows it to be long last and stylish, beautiful accessory for one’s room.
- 【E26 Bulb Base】 With an E26 bulb base, Max 60 watts .Bulb is Not included. The modern bedside lamp is compatible with a variety of incandescent, halogen bulbs, LED or CFL light bulb. You can customize the lighting of the lamp based on the color light bulb you choose. To get the complete industrial look, we recommend using a decorative Edison or Vintage bulb.
- 【For your dedicated service】 HAITRAL provide 100% satisfactory service：30-day return.Confidence comes from high quality and our constant pursuit of perfection. We believe that you will like our HAITRAL table lamps, but if for some reason you are not satisfied, please let us know, we will help you solve it within 24 hours and make you satisfied. Please add to cart now.
Without its ability to shine, this lamp would be a one-trick pony. But… it does that trick well. Its awesome industrial design lends creativity and style to any room it is placed in. It comes with a standard bulb socket to accommodate any light bulb of your choosing. And since it is shadeless, the HAITRAL can definitely light up a room. Lamps don’t have to be just for illumination, and this one proves just that.
6. SBOTLIGHT Lamp w/ Bluetooth Speaker (Best Ambiance)
Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and Wireless Charger Desk lamp for All Phones with Wireless Charging. by SBOTLIGHT
- Home Tree Lamp Speaker and Wireless Charging, /Led Lamp with fading options/ Auto Sleep Mode.1: Promise dimming with slide point to adjust light from bright to dim.
- touch switch lights: Click any dot of the touch area: turn on/off the lights
- long press 3 seconds into sleep mode: go to sleep and enjoy this lovely worm tree light by holding any dot for 3 seconds, the light will slightly dim and automatically turn of after 30 minutes.
- mobile phone wireless charging: wireless charging, Compatible with iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, X, 8 , 8 Plus, Galaxy Note 10, 10 Plus, S10e, S9, S9 Plus, 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, Galaxy S7 Edge & All Wireless charging enabled devices, and other devices with receiver.
- Bluetooth speaker: Enjoy the high quality sound to keep the living/ bedroom or your office look professional.
If you’re looking for a centerpiece for a room, look no further. This lamp is it. Its super cool, elegant design is sure to capture anyone’s eye. But it can also grab their ear as well. With its built-in Bluetooth speaker, you can do just that. Put on some light jazz, dim the light with its easy touch slider, and relax away with a nice glass of Pinot (Noir or Grigio, your choice).
Factors to Consider when Buying Your Ideal Desk Lamp
When it comes to choosing anything, there are considerations to be made. This is especially true with desk lamps. After all, it is a light or dark situation!!! (I swear I’m not a comedienne, folks.)
But all joking aside… There are some key elements you should look for including:
Believe it or not, not all light is created equal. Some light can actually be harmful to your body–i.e. blue light. (If you’re looking to avoid that… I got a whole article on it!)
But when it comes to quality, there are two major things to look at.
Color Rendering Index (CRI)
Simply put, this is how true colors look underneath the given light source. This rating is super important for desk lamps. Imagine working at your desk as a cartoonist. When you go to color fill, you want to make sure that your light source is able to properly convey the color you want. Or else, your greens may be more blue than you think. To avoid this, look for LED bulbs with a high CRI rating. A rating of 85-100 would be best for color contrast situations.
This measures how a light source’s emissions look based on a scale of “warm” and “cool”. Warm light tends to have a yellowish, or even orangey hue to it. Whereas cool light produces a brighter, clearer white light.
The Right Size for Your Desk
Imagine buying a tiny little clip on desk for a huge Cocobolo desk. How goofy would that look? Plus, it wouldn’t even begin to cover the surface area. But put that lamp on a roll away desk in the corner of your dorm room, and you’re doing it right. Likewise, don’t buy a giant swing arm for a tiny desk. It could over saturate your workstation with light. And you don’t want it hanging off your desk either.
When placing your lamp, make sure that the light source is above your eye line, and you can navigate your desk comfortably.
Another key factor to consider is how adjustable the lamp is. Can you swivel it? Does it bend at more than one angle? If you are a strict typist, this may not be too much of a factor. But doing other tasks such as crafting or drawing, a non-adjustable lamp can cause a problem. Make sure to find a lamp that best suits your needs.
My Final Take on the Best Desk Lamps
All of these lamps listed above are awesome! Just remember to shop what you need. Every lamp is different and special. Sometimes, what works in the office doesn’t work in the living area. So, be mindful into what you are buying. Welp, I hope I was able to shed some light on the situation and brighten up your day!