The best desk lamp is the dedicated home office assistant you’ve always wanted, sustainably burning midnight oil, illuminating (and celebrating) your handiwork, and being the much-needed mood lifter in the darkest hours. may also work. Ideally, they’re flexible, hard-working, restructuring themselves to work smarter, ironclad in temperament and composition, and in case they burn out before their term ends. Comes with a warranty.
We’ve called out some of our favorites for this assembly of desk lamps that are perfect for fixing your workspace GQ Home Awards are a thing of the past, and some have had the pleasure of owning and testing their own. Others are those that have made a name for themselves as top-of-the-line desk décor or designs that we simply covet once the next direct deposit hits.
Best Desk Lamp Overall: Anglepoise Type 75
The Pixar lamp is essentially the archetype of a great desk lamp. It’s angled, adjustable, and shaded so you can shine a light on your barely legible notes or manuscripts you’ve spent hours working on. Designed by Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer (the dream team behind USM Haller’s coveted shelving unit), Anglepoise’s Type 75 lamp takes the Pixar model and goes from flashy Mondrian primaries to wise and distraction-free Spice it up with a variety of shades, all the way up to neutral. It’s a firm favorite among design heads in their own desk areas, and the sub-$300 price tag makes it a no-brainer for those who want to be part of the drone in their creative and senior offices. Not a painful investment. Add a lifetime warranty to that and you’ve got a desk assistant guaranteed for the long haul (with room for free tune-ups).
Best tech desk lamp: Dyson Lightcycle
Dyson recently expanded its consumer magic circle with desk lights like the Solar Cycle, which won Home Awards this year. Like other Dyson devices, it’s a certified overachiever if you can afford it. You can adjust the color temperature if lighting conditions are comparable to the morgue, or level up the brightness after sunset. This little guy hardly ever takes a break (sound familiar?). It self-adjusts every minute for too much or too little light during the hours of the day. The lights are also designed to reduce eye strain (aw) and adapt to specific ages and tasks via the Dyson Link app. Best of all, it charges with a USB-C cable so you can connect directly to your Macbook and work late into the night.
Best Mini Desk Lamp: Anglepoise USB 90 Mini
For smaller desk setups that require a smaller lamp to match, the Anglepoise lamp also comes in a mini. mini version. It boasts a slightly tapered shade compared to the 75, but it also has the advantage of not having to clutter a crowded outlet. Connect directly to your computer via USB whenever you need to power it up.
Best clamp-on desk lamp: Luxo Task Light
For college students and office geeks who run out of real desk space, there’s also Luxo’s corded task light. This can be fixed to a desk divider or monitor, or placed on the edge of your desk to illuminate where you need it. This makes it very agile and not confined to solid surfaces. And when combined with the spring-loaded, powder-coated attachment, the light can be tilted in any direction. Beyond the accessories, the shade itself is made from aluminum that’s tough as hell, so even if gravity knocks the whole thing over, it’s ready to straddle your workspace again without permanent damage to the exterior. increase.
Best Statement Desk Lamp: Yowie Tiny Table Light
Gantri’s 3D-printed lamps are as futuristic as their lighting, with a multitude of designers taking turns under their cloak, each creating their own model. Combining groovy flower stems with a trendy mushroom topper, this little table light was designed in collaboration with his Yowie homeware store in Philadelphia and stole our hearts at this year’s Home His Awards. rice field. As with many gantry lamps, the lighting is dimmable, but the soft he focus is not very bright. So I recommend buying it to illuminate a very dim room. Still, it’s fun to stare at, contemplating the impending urgency of an e-mail I’ve been putting off, or the block of a looming meeting in iCal. And the $248 price tag isn’t bad for a lasting morale boost.
Best Budget Desk Lamp: Lite Source Halotech
The halogen version of this lamp has a long track record of excellent performance, but you should buy this energy-saving LED version which looks far more expensive than it actually is. Tilt your neck like a crane to swoop down your best creations and use the stylish counterbalance to keep it aloft. Tap the dimmer switch on the base to set the light back to zero.
Best ultra-thin desk lamp: full beam
While other lights thrive on length and thick bases, the Fully’s Beam light focuses on a desk lamp that doesn’t get in the way. This light uses a very slim bendable arm to achieve just the right arc of light, plus eco-friendly LED bulbs until you have the perfect balance to knock out any challenge. , to switch between 4 levels of brightness and warmth. Luckily, you also have the option to choose from clamps with sturdy bases or rubber pads to avoid scratching your desk surface.
Best Desk Lamp – Slash – Bedside Light: Quattro
The Quattro task lamp enjoys a pivot like the rest of the industry and can be rotated 90 degrees. This is thanks to an adjustable arm that is held in position by an internal compression mechanism. The revered Lightning He’s a Geek He’s designed by Robert Sonneman, comes in a variety of finishes and incorporates a light dimmer to dial back when you’ve tapped it out in the evening. We love it so much that we won the Home Award in 2021. The caveat, though, is that you’ll probably have more fun hanging out at your bedside table than balancing it on your desk.
Best splurge-worthy desk lamp: what we have in common with Arundel
When budget is no object, the In Common With designer table lamp is the pinnacle of handsome lighting. This Arundel model is like the Darth Vader of your desk lamp. It’s a striking expression of taste that looks just as intimidating when placed on a stack of books, just like a nightstand. Not a lot of adjustment, but the long neck creates a wide arc to spotlight what you’re looking at. for stunning contrast.