The right desk lamp for your workspace can improve your ability to work, read and even help reduce eye strain. It can also enhance the design of your space and create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere that makes it a more enjoyable place to be. But there are a lot of options out there, and not all lamps are created equal. To find the best table lamp for your space, it’s important to consider a few different factors including the materials they’re made of, their dimensions and the types of light bulbs they use.
We reviewed a variety of lamps to come up with our list of the best picks, and also consulted with experts to get their advice. Casey Clark, a freelance writer for Real Simple, weighed in with her top picks, based on her personal experience with each model and also consulting with Brendan Keim, lighting design consultant, Denise Davies, founder of D2 Interieurs and Farah Merhi, interior designer.
One of the most practical lamps we reviewed is the LEPower Metal Desk Lamp, which is a good choice for those who prefer a minimalistic aesthetic and want a lamp that’s easy to set up and operate. It has a basic, straightforward design that doesn’t include features like USB ports or touch controls and uses standard household light bulbs. Plus, it’s lightweight and compact enough to fit into small spaces. It’s worth noting, however, that the power switch is on the cord rather than the base, which could pose a minor hassle.
Another good option is the Ikea Forsa Desk Lamp, which combines functionality and style in a sleek, modern design. It has a double LED bulb head to provide maximum light coverage, and you can adjust the height of its arm to accommodate your preferred working position. It’s also easy to clean and comes with a set of LED bulbs, saving you the cost of buying them separately.
A more decorative pick is the Mercer 41 Brass Desk Lamp, which has a sophisticated, design-friendly aesthetic that will look great on any desktop or nightstand. It’s a little more expensive than some other models, but it’s worth the investment if you want a stylish, functional desk lamp that will add to your home office design. The curved arms of this lamp offer plenty of flexibility to illuminate your workspace and its powder-coated shade is available in three colors. It’s worth noting, however, the Mercer 41 doesn’t have any adjustable lighting settings or USB ports, and it has a shorter cord than other models.