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14 Best Desk Lamps of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

14 Best Desk Lamps of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

A good desk lamp will light up your workspace and reduce eye strain. Not only that, but a stylish lamp can accent your interior and improve the look of your room. LED lamps have become increasingly popular, with companies like OttLite offering some great options. However, both vintage lamps and more modern styles are attractive in their own way, so it can be hard to choose the right one for your space.

We rigorously tested 14 bestselling desk lamps to recommend the best for you. mybest defines the best desk lamp as one that provides various lighting options suitable for different tasks while illuminating the entire desk brightly without causing eye fatigue. We ranked the top-performing models, and we'll help you choose in our buying guide.

Last updated 11/24/2023
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Lighting Consultant
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Paggy Chang is an award-winning lighting consultant and entrepreneur in New York with a passion for photography and travel. With 14 years of experience designing lighting for global projects, she has a broad range of expertise, spanning commercials, residences, places of worship, and institutional facilities. In 2021, she established PAC x Design, a venture committed to providing innovative and budget-conscious solutions. Paggy firmly believes that lighting knowledge can improve everyone's quality of life. Get ready as she prepares to share her insights on Instagram soon. Stay tuned!

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How We Tested the Products

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We gathered the 14 bestselling Desk Lamps and put them through rigorous testing.
  1. Brightness at Close Range

    1
    Brightness at Close Range

    To find a lamp that brightly illuminates a workspace, we set the standard as a product that can provide 750 lux of brightness to the workspace.

  2. Range of Illumination

    2
    Range of Illumination

    To measure the brightness across a wide area on the desk, welooked for a product that can illuminate the corners of the desk with 700 lux.

  3. Ease of Angle Adjustment

    3
    Ease of Angle Adjustment

    When choosing a compact option, it is important the joints of the desk lamp allow you to direct the light where you want it. We looked for products with highly adjustable joints to move light where you want it.

  4. Ease of Changing the Light to Suit the Environment

    4
    Ease of Changing the Light to Suit the Environment

    We tested products to find which ones allow easy adjustment of both brightness and light color to suit the space.

  5. Ease of Use

    5
    Ease of Use

    Since you will use a desk light often, look for products that are convenient and work without issue through our testing.

  6. Gentleness on the Eyes

    6
    Gentleness on the Eyes

    We tested products that were gentle on the eyes by seeing which lamps didn't fatigue the eyes even after long work sessions.

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Table of Contents

Why You Need a Lamp to Light Up Your Desk

Even if the rest of the room is well-lit, your desktop can still be left in the dark. This is where a desk lamp comes in. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Let’s take a look at how a desk lamp can improve your quality of life.

Your Workspace Will Be Easier to See, Increasing Efficiency

Your Workspace Will Be Easier to See, Increasing Efficiency

By brightening up your desk, you’ll be able to see what you’re working on more easily. Documents will be easier to make out when reading and writing, no matter the time of day.


Working without a desk lamp and sufficient light doesn't just make it difficult to decipher the letters written on a page. You might also need to squint to see them, which can really wear out your eyes over time. It’s always a good idea to keep your work area well-lit, but it’s especially important when you’re working on something for a long time. A desk lamp will ensure you never have to work in the dark and boost your work efficiency, too.

You Still Need a Desk Lamp Even if Your Computer Screen Is Bright

You Still Need a Desk Lamp Even if Your Computer Screen Is Bright

Most of us work on a laptop or computer these days. But while you might think that the glow of your monitor is enough to light up your desk, the area around it is still dark. This difference in brightness can lead to eye strain.


A desk lamp can not only light up your desk but also illuminate the whole area, maintaining a consistent level of brightness in your field of vision and reducing eye fatigue. No matter what kind of work you do, your desk needs its own source of light. We’re going to show you how to choose a desk lamp that you can use for a long time without hurting your eyes, so keep reading to find out.

How to Choose a Desk Lamp - Buying Guide

Here are the points to keep in mind when choosing the best Desk Lamps.

1

Find the Right Brightness

You might think that any lamp will get the job done as long as it’s a light source, but there’s more to it than that. Let’s take a look at what properties are important to minimize eye strain and ensure comfort over many hours of use.

Only a Few Lamps, Like Uplift Desk Lamp's Wide Range, Met These Criteria

Only a Few Lamps, Like Uplift Desk Lamp's Wide Range, Met These Criteria

There are two factors to consider when determining if a desk lamp is suitable for long work sessions: keeping your workspace at 300 lx (27.87 fc), which is a unit of brightness, and a providing wide illumination range. 


Ensuring the area around your workspace is well-lit is key to reducing eye strain. We recommend choosing a lamp that can keep the corners of your desk lit to at least 150 lx (13.94fc). Keeping your workspace bright is the number one requirement of any desk lamp, but even if it lights up your workspace well enough, it must also spread out to the surrounding area. Otherwise, the difference in brightness can take a toll on your eyes. 


Of all the products we tested, only a few of them were able to light up every nook and cranny, with the UPLIFT Desk Lamp really standing out from the crowd. This lamp provided 353.3 lx (32.82 fc)of illumination in the immediate area and 218 lx (20.25 fc) in the corners. Since it can cover a large area, your eyes won’t get tired as easily during long work sessions. This also lets you make full use of your entire desk.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

After thoroughly testing each product in completely dark rooms, we found two numbers to look for when choosing a lamp for the proper brightness. We recommend products that are capable of illuminating the immediate desk area to 300 lx (27.87 fc) and the corners to 150 lx (13.94 fc).


However, if there is another source of light in the room, a lower brightness may be fine. Assuming that there are about 50 lx (4.65 fc) of brightness in the room, as long as the desk lamp can light up what's in front of you to 250 lx (23.23 fc) and the corners of your desk to 100 lx (9.29 fc), you should have sufficient brightness for your work. For reference, 50 lx (4.65 fc) is the level of brightness at which you can clearly see a person's face from 30 feet away.

The Optimal Brightness for Your Eyes

The Optimal Brightness for Your Eyes

In order to read and write comfortably for extended periods of time, choose a lamp with an illumination level of 300 lx (27.87 fc). Anything that scored over 3.6 in brightness at close range means that it produced at least 300 lx (27.87 fc), so make sure to check the ratings for each product. 


Ideally, you want a desk lamp that can illuminate a wide range of up to 500 lx (46.45 fc), but we didn’t find any products that met this criterion. However, if you go for a lamp that scored at least a 3.6 in our tests and combine it with other types of lighting, you should be able to get close to 500 lx (46.45 fc). You can get by with a minimum of 150 lx (13.94 fc) for organizing your desk and putting together paperwork, but this is too dark for reading and writing.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

If you use your desk for more intricate tasks, such as arts and crafts, 500-750 lx (46.45-69.68 fc) will help you see more clearly and work more efficiently. We found some products that could reach this threshold directly under the light. If you want to use your desk lamp for arts and crafts, doing your nails, or other activities that require precision, take a look at the Brightness Directly Below Light category in our ranking.

Paggy Chang
Lighting ConsultantPaggy Chang

As we age, our need for adequate lighting increases compared to young individuals. This is because our retinas receive less light than those of a 20-year-old due to a reduction in pupil size and an increase in the thickness of the crystalline lens. It's crucial to recognize that changes in vision, including a decline in eyesight, typically become noticeable around the age of 40-45.

Desk Lamps That Are 15 Inches Tall and Have 300 lx (27.87 fc) of Close-Range Brightness Tend to Illuminate a Wide Range

Desk Lamps That Are 15 Inches Tall and Have 300 lx (27.87 fc) of Close-Range Brightness Tend to Illuminate a Wide Range

When judging the range of a desk lamp, we looked for 150 lx (13.94 fc)of brightness in the corners of the desk. For testing purposes, we used a standard 22-by-48-inch work desk. 


We found that desk lamps with 300 lx (27.87 fc) brightness at close range and a height of 15 inches or more were able to illuminate the entire desk. A rating of 3.47 in range of illumination indicates that the lamp lit up even the corners of the desk to 150 lx (13.94 fc).

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

The closer the corners of your desk are to a brightness value of 300 lx (27.87 fc), the more easily you will be able to see everything on your desk.


Unfortunately, none of the products we tested this time reached that level of brightness in the corners of the desk. However, if you do have a large desk, products we ranked highly for range of illumination should provide enough light.


For smaller desks, around 18 by 24 inches, if the brightness at close range is 300 lx (27.87 fc) or more, the corners will be bright enough.

2

For Compact Lamps, Look for Easy Angle Adjustment

Lamps that light up a wide area tend to be on the larger side. But you may want a more compact model if you have a small desk or workspace. If so, look for a lamp that allows you to easily adjust the angle of the light source. A joint that allows you to move it up, down, left, and right is essential to ensure adequate illumination with a smaller lamp.

Despite a Limited Range, You Can Easily Adjust It to Light up the Desired Area

Despite a Limited Range, You Can Easily Adjust It to Light up the Desired Area

An adjustable joint helps make up for the limited illumination range of a compact desk lamp. It’s important that the lamp can be moved in all four directions so that you can easily adjust it to light up the desired area. If it can’t be adjusted left or right, you’ll have to pick up and move the lamp or even switch your entire desk layout around every time you want to change the angle. Therefore, a fully adjustable joint will save you a lot of trouble.


Next, you'll need to check whether the arm can move up and down. In particular, make sure it can move down, as even if the light source is relatively dim, you can get better lighting by moving it closer. This can really come in handy when you’re doing arts and crafts, painting your nails, or doing other precise work and want to focus the light on a specific spot.


When choosing your desk lamp, check to see if it scored at least a 3.9 in ease of angle adjustment. These products can be adjusted in all four directions and make it easy to illuminate the desired area.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

There are two types of products that scored at least a 3.9 in this area: those with multiple joints and those with a wire construction that allows them to be twisted freely. For the most freedom of movement, a model with a wire arm is the way to go. Be sure to take a look at these products if you're looking for a compact desk lamp.

3

Go for Natural and Glare-Free Lighting

When choosing a desk lamp, it's important to consider not only brightness but also how it affects your eyes. If you're spending long hours at a desk working, an eye-friendly desk will improve your workspace.

The Wrong Desk Lamp Can Strain Your Eyes

The Wrong Desk Lamp Can Strain Your Eyes

When choosing a desk lamp, making the wrong choice can potentially strain your eyes. The main causes of eye fatigue are harsh lighting and discomfort caused by an unnatural perception of objects. By choosing the right desk lamp, you can create a comfortable environment that reduces eye fatigue and allows for productive work.

Covered Light Source and Custom Adjustment

Covered Light Source and Custom Adjustment

To prevent glare, it is crucial that LED light sources are covered by a white, opaque cover. Since LED light can be harsh to the eye, without a cover, there's a risk of the direct light harming the eyes. While LED lamps typically come with a cover, selecting a product that has one will save your eyes.


The ability to adjust a lamp to suit your height and desk environment is important. When the light source is positioned lower than eye level, it prevents light from entering your eyes directly, thus reducing the risk of glare.


Additionally, it is helpful to have joints that can change the angle of the lampshade to help fine-tune the glare. This is especially true for children or individuals of smaller stature who may have difficulties adjusting a desk lamp to the perfect position. Furthermore, desk lamps tend to have a broader illumination range the higher they are placed. Therefore, when you want to illuminate from a position higher than your eye level, it's best to adjust the angle of the shade to directly control the direction of the light.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara
The recommended guidelines for eye-level height are below. We recommend choosing a desk light with a wide adjustability range. Confirming whether it can be lowered below the user's eye level is essential.
  • Adult Male (5'10"): Approximately 21.26 in.
  • Adult Female (5'4"): Approximately 18.26 in.
  • 6-Year-Old Child (3'9"): Approximately 12.61 in.
  • Tall Individual (6'): Approximately 21.42 in.

Consistent Lighting Is Better Than Spot Lighting

Consistent Lighting Is Better Than Spot Lighting

Desk lamps that only brighten the center of a desk and leave dark space near the edges can cause eye fatigue. Lights that produce an even lighting are easier on the eyes. This is why we recommend a light-to-dark ratio of no more than 2:1 on the surface of the desk.


Even if you have a sufficient brightness of 300 lx (27.87 fc) for your work, if there's too much variation in brightness levels across the desk, it will cause strain on your eyes.


Based on our tests, Uplight Desk's LED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp and White Crown's LED Desk Lamp both have an average desk brightness that is less than twice as bright as the darkest area.

Look for a CRI of at Least 80

Look for a CRI of at Least 80

The color rendering index, or CRI, is the quantitative measurement of how faithfully colors are reproduced by a light source. This is expressed in CRI. The better a light source can reproduce natural colors, such as those produced under sunlight, the closer it is to 100 CRI.


The more natural and vivid colors appear, the less strain they will put on your eyes. However, 80 CRI should be sufficient for typical office work and reading black-and-white documents or books. While the colors won’t be as vivid as those reproduced under an 90 CRI lamp, you won't have to worry about tiring out your eyes from looking at unnatural colors.


If you read a lot of magazines, make arts and crafts, or do other work that involves looking at colorful objects, we recommend going with at least 85 CRI. If you need to distinguish similar colors or highlight vivid colors, look for 90 CRI or higher.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

Similarly, a lamp with at least 90 CRI is recommended if using your desk lamp for taking pictures. This will help you take realistic photos with vibrant colors.

Beware of Shadows if You Do a Lot of Writing

Beware of Shadows if You Do a Lot of Writing

In addition to natural coloration, you also have to consider shadows if you do a lot of writing. Desk lamps that create a lot of shadows can exacerbate eye strain over time. Limiting the amount of shadow is vital to ensure you can work comfortably for extended periods. Though some were more noticeable than others, every product we tested for this article produced a lot of shadows. We included photos of this for each product, so be sure to check them out if you plan to write a lot.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

If you mostly work on a computer, you don’t need to worry about shadows too much. You’ll mostly be looking at the screen, so you probably won’t really notice them.

Easiest on the Eyes: ACNCTOP LED Desk Lamp

Easiest on the Eyes: ACNCTOP LED Desk Lamp

Among the products we tested this time, none were able to completely eliminate eye strain to our standards. However, the one that came closest was the ACNCTOP LED Desk Lamp. This desk lamp meets all the criteria for preventing glare and allowing you to see colors naturally.


Additionally, Uplight Desk's LED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp, which ranked first overall, as well as White Crown's LED Desk Lamp, have a wide range of adjustable joints for height, making it easy to customize to the user's eye level and reduce the likelihood of glare.


However, in situations where adjusting the height is challenging, we recommend the ACNCTOP LED Desk Lamp. The angle can be adjusted with ease, allowing you to control glare without the need to forcibly change the height.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

Adjusting the desk lamp to be at a low height to match a child's eye level can sometimes lead to an unnatural appearance since the lamp's joints will be in a closed position and stick out.


Additionally, if the desk lamp has a long arm, the folded arm could get in the way when adjusted to a lower position.

4

Choose a Color That Helps You Focus, Such as Daylight

The color of the light source can affect how easily you can read letters, as well as your mood, so it’s important to choose the right color for your work.

Color’s Effect on Reading and Mood

Color’s Effect on Reading and Mood

Black letters are easier to see under pale light, making them appear brighter. Plus, it's easier to read under a Daylight lamp than Natural White light, even at the same brightness level.


Lighting also has an effect on your mood. Daylight makes you feel awake and refreshed, helping you to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. On the other hand, some people use desk lamps when they want to relax after work. If this applies to you, go for lights with warmer tones. While daylight makes it easier to read, a warm white light is better for reading before bed. Learning to use the right kind of light for each setting will help you feel more comfortable.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

The color of light is measured in kelvins, with higher numbers indicating cool colors and lower numbers indicating warm colors. The daylight mentioned in this article is between 6,000 and 6,500 kelvin, while warm white is between 2,000 and 2,700 kelvin. Many products list the color temperature in kelvins, so be sure to look for a number with a “K” after it.

LEDs With Color Options Are Best

LEDs With Color Options Are Best

Some LED lamps allow you to switch between different colors without buying another lamp. Otherwise, you’re limited to whatever color the bulb is. If you only have one option to choose from, you could find yourself slipping into relaxation mode and losing focus while you're trying to work. It could also go the other way, with a bright light disrupting your relaxation time. We recommend an LED lamp that can be adjusted to suit most settings and activities.

Mika Minohara
Head of Home Appliances at mybestMika Minohara

While LED lamps are easier to find with your desired lighting, many people prefer the design of classic bulb lamps. If this is you, look for a bulb that allows you to adjust the brightness and color. It’s a little tedious to operate a lamp with a remote or your smartphone, but you can get the best of both worlds this way.

There Are Two Factors to Consider to Easily Change the Light

There Are Two Factors to Consider to Easily Change the Light

Many LED lamps allow you to adjust both the brightness and the color of the light. For a hassle-free way to get these settings just right, button operation is a must. First of all, we recommend choosing a lamp that has a button near the base. You want it to be within reach while working, so you can change modes with ease. If it’s on the wire or shade, you may find yourself grappling around to find it, which can be frustrating. 


You also want to make sure that there are separate buttons for power, brightness, and color. If there's only one button to control everything, you'll have to remember different combinations, like holding it down or pressing it twice.


Finally, we found that having a slider to control the brightness made things much easier. These products scored 4.3 or higher in ease of use, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

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14 Best Desk Lamps Ranking

Here are the best Desk Lamps we found after testing them. We ranked them after weighting each of our testing specs.
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UPLIFT Desk

LED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp

UPLIFT Desk LED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp 1枚目
4.05

mybest’s Top Choice! Perfect for Large Desks and Produces Gentle Light Over a Wide Area

4.06
3.86
4.91
4.56
3.71
3.63

Clamp

9W

Wall plug

(Freely adjustable)

(3 levels)

81.8

11.19 in.

35.75 in.

5.50 in.

2.06 in.

1.89 in.

5.125 lb.

353.25lx(32.82 fc)

770.0lx(71.54 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

1

‎White Crown

LED Desk Lamp

‎White Crown LED Desk Lamp 1枚目
4.05

Versatile Without Sacrificing Performance, Great for Smaller Desks

3.88
3.63
5.00
4.65
4.76
3.78

Stand

6W

USB

(10 levels)

(5 levels)

81.5

10.75 in.

15.20 in.

0.75 in.

4.25 in.

7.06 in.

1.5 lb.

277.75lx(25.80 fc)

1250.0lx(116.13 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

3

Taotronics

LED Desk Lamp

Taotronics LED Desk Lamp 1枚目
4.04

Multifaceted and Hassle-Free, Very Bright Directly Under the Light

3.90
3.65
4.82
4.38
4.76
3.93

Stand

12W

Wall plug

(7 levels)

(5 levels)

82.5

9.50 in.

15.50 in.

9.63 in.

7.0 in.

7.0 in.

2.73 lb.

285.75lx(26.55 fc)

1430.0lx(132.85 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

4

ACNCTOP

LED Desk Lamp

ACNCTOP LED Desk Lamp 1枚目
3.99

Exceptional Illumination Range but Lacks Usability

3.93
3.72
4.78
4.38
3.62
4.15

Clamp

10W

USB

(5 levels)

(5 levels)

87.7

16.56 in.

26.25 in.

12.75 in.

1.19 in.

1.50 in.

1.57 lb.

302.0lx(28.06 fc)

573.0lx(53.23 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

5

LEPRO Innovation

LED Desk Lamp for Home Office

LEPRO Innovation LED Desk Lamp for Home Office 1枚目
3.92

Good Illumination Makes Things Easy to See but It Lacks a Joint to Move Left or Right

4.18
3.75
3.22
4.29
4.29
3.78

Stand

9.5W

Wall plug

(5 levels)

(3 levels)

84.0

9.69 in.

15.0 in.

8.0 in.

4.06 in.

6.31 in.

1.87 lb.

406.0lx(37.72 fc)

1930.0lx(179.30 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

6

OttLite

LED Soft Touch Desk Lamp

OttLite LED Soft Touch Desk Lamp 1枚目
3.91

Can Light up a Specific Area Well, Perfect for Crafts and Reading

4.22
3.68
4.82
3.43
3.93
3.87

Stand

8W

Wall plug

(3 levels)

88.1

4.0 in.

13.38 in.

7.0 in.

6.25 in.

6.25 in.

1.54 lb.

419.25lx(38.95 fc)

2790.0lx(259.20 fc)

unknown

Natural white

7

Voncerus

LED Desk lamp with Clamp

Voncerus LED Desk lamp with Clamp 1枚目
3.87

Only Illuminates Directly Below the Light and Requires Angle Adjustment

3.68
3.59
4.65
4.56
3.62
4.15

Clamp

10W

USB

(10 levels)

(3 levels)

86.2

8.94 in.

24.25 in.

10.75 in.

1.25 in.

1.63 in.

1.0 lb.

194.0lx(18.02 fc)

415.0lx(38.55 fc)

unknown

Warm white, Natural white, Daylight

8

Zipcode Design

Caskey Metal Desk Lamp

Zipcode Design Caskey Metal Desk Lamp 1枚目
3.79

A Modern Lamp With a Bulb That Lights up Large Desks Completely

4.08
3.71
4.87
3.00
4.17
3.87

Stand

unknown

Wall plug

unknown

5.25 in.

17.38 in.

8.75 in.

7.0 in.

7.0 in.

4.18 lb.

365.0lx(33.91 fc)

1160.0lx

Stylish

unknown

9

Mainstays

15" Organizer Black Task Lamp

Mainstays 15" Organizer Black Task Lamp 1枚目
3.75

Limited Range, but Its Versatile Base Is Good for Small Desks

4.09
3.58
4.87
3.00
4.17
3.87

Stand

unknown

Wall plug

unknown

unknown

unknown

5.0 in.

10.0 in.

4.25 in.

7.44 in.

5.0 in.

1.54 lb.

366.5lx(34.05 fc)

876.0lx(81.38 fc)

Stylish

unknown

10

Ikea

Forså

Ikea Forså 1枚目
3.69

A Classic Lamp That Struggles to Illuminate Large Areas

3.88
3.64
4.78
3.00
3.80
4.01

Stand

unknown

Wall plug

unknown

4.94 in.

16.25 in.

2.0 in.

5.75 in.

5.75 in.

5.82 lb.

278.0lx(25.83 fc)

820.0lx(76.18 fc)

Stylish

unknown

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No.1
Top Choice Desk Lamps
No.1 in Range of illumination

UPLIFT DeskLED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp

mybest Score
4.05
Brightness at close range
4.06
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Range of illumination
3.86
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.91
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.56
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Ease of use
3.71
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.63
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Lowest price
$79.00
Dimming function(Freely adjustable)
Tone changing function(3 levels)
Brightness at close range353.25lx(32.82 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Clamp
CRI
81.8
Maximum height of light source after installation
35.75 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
5.50 in.
Brightness directly below light
770.0lx(71.54 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

mybest’s Top Choice! Perfect for Large Desks and Produces Gentle Light Over a Wide Area

The LED Desk Lamp E7 by UPLIFT Desk is a clamp-type desk lamp that can be attached to worktops up to two and a quarter inches thick. There’s also an option to use it with a base as a standing lamp. It has a slim, extendable arm that can be raised up to 35 and 3/4 inches above the desk, which really makes its presence felt.


With 353.25 lx(32.82 fc) at close range and 218 lx(20.25 fc) in the corners, this lamp adequately lights up your whole desk. It provides gentle lighting from a great height, evenly illuminating even large desks. The light reaches 770 lx(71.54 fc) directly below the light source, making it ideal for arts and crafts and other intricate projects. Since it's a clamp-type lamp, it’s a bit of a hassle to move after you’ve set it up. However, it has a joint that allows you to adjust it in four directions, meaning you can bring it closer to your workspace or raise it high above the desk, so it’s not too inconvenient in practice.


One downside of this product is the shade. As it can’t be rotated, you can’t adjust it if the light shines directly in your eyes. Also, while the shadows are relatively light, it does produce large double shadows. However, colors don’t appear unnatural thanks to 81.8 CRI. The brightness can be adjusted freely and it has three color modes: daylight, natural white, and warm white. 


The main power switch is on the cord, but the brightness and color button is on the shade. There is only one button, so you have to hold it down or press it multiple times to use the brightness or color adjustment functions. This isn't ideal, but the ability to light up a wide area is a major benefit. This is the best option for anyone with a large desk.

Power consumption9W
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width11.19 in.
Base width2.06 in.
Base depth1.89 in.
Total weight5.125 lb.
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No.1
Top Choice Desk Lamps
No.1 in Ease of adjusting angle
No.1 in Ease of changing light to suit current environment
No.1 in Ease of use

‎White CrownLED Desk Lamp

mybest Score
4.05
Brightness at close range
3.88
|
Range of illumination
3.63
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Ease of adjusting angle
5.00
|
Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.65
|
Ease of use
4.76
|
Gentleness on the eyes
3.78
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Lowest price
$19.98
Dimming function(10 levels)
Tone changing function(5 levels)
Brightness at close range277.75lx(25.80 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Stand
CRI
81.5
Maximum height of light source after installation
15.20 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
0.75 in.
Brightness directly below light
1250.0lx(116.13 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Versatile Without Sacrificing Performance, Great for Smaller Desks

This LED Desk Lamp by White Crown has a light source that can be raised up to 15 and 3/16 inches but still looks compact on the desk. It has a USB port so you can charge your phone while using it and features a timer too. The brightness at close range was recorded at 277.75 lx(25.80 fc), so as long as the room is not completely dark, you should be able to get above 300 lx(27.87 fc). Meanwhile, it hit a very bright 1,250 lx(116.13 fc) directly under the light source. You may want to adjust the position of the light while reading or crafting over long periods, and with the fully adjustable joint, you can reposition the light without moving the lamp.


Unfortunately, its range is a bit limited. It only reaches 118.25 lx(10.99 fc) in the corners, making it not ideal for reading or writing. It might leave a bit to be desired if you have a large desk or want to lay out several papers for work or study. It has 81.5 CRI, so the colors appear pretty natural. It doesn’t cause eye strain due to flickering, but you should be aware of the difference in brightness directly under the light source and the brightness on the desk. The shade can’t be rotated to stop the light from getting into your eyes, so it might be too bright for small children if their line of sight is beneath the light source.


On the plus side, it offers 10 brightness levels, allowing you to tailor it to the task or activity you're doing. It also has a slider for quick adjustment and five color modes, making it perfect for studying, working, and relaxing alike. This lamp should deliver if you’re looking for a compact option.

Power consumption6W
Power source typeUSB
Light source width10.75 in.
Base width4.25 in.
Base depth7.06 in.
Total weight1.5 lb.
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No.3
No.1 in Ease of use

TaotronicsLED Desk Lamp

mybest Score
4.04
Brightness at close range
3.90
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Range of illumination
3.65
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.82
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.38
|
Ease of use
4.76
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.93
Lowest price
$39.99
Dimming function(7 levels)
Tone changing function(5 levels)
Brightness at close range285.75lx(26.55 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Stand
CRI
82.5
Maximum height of light source after installation
15.50 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
9.63 in.
Brightness directly below light
1430.0lx(132.85 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Multifaceted and Hassle-Free, Very Bright Directly Under the Light

This option by Taotronics uses LED lights that won’t flicker. The design is a modern take on classic lighting fixtures, and it features a USB port that allows you to charge your phone. It produces 285.75 lx(26.55 fc) of light at close range, which should get up to 300 if you have other lighting or natural light from outside. On its own, it can pump out 1,430 lx(132.85 fc) directly under the light source, making it great for arts and crafts and other detail-oriented activities. You can use the fully-flexible joint and rotating shade to get the perfect angle and brightness.


The corners reached 126.1 lx(11.72 fc), falling short of the mark necessary for working. It’s insufficient for studying with several books open or computer work, which requires the surrounding area to be illuminated equally. Its 82.5 CRI isn’t quite adequate if you're working with a lot of colorful materials, but the colors appear natural and don’t cause additional eye strain. 


However, it does produce large double shadows and several smaller shadows, which could get annoying after a long work session. There's a brightness slider with seven levels, allowing you to quickly turn it down if it’s too bright directly below the light source. In addition, it has five color options, ranging from cool daylight to warm white. This versatile lamp can be used in a variety of settings.

Power consumption12W
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width9.50 in.
Base width7.0 in.
Base depth7.0 in.
Total weight2.73 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.4
No.1 in Gentleness on the eyes

ACNCTOPLED Desk Lamp

mybest Score
3.99
Brightness at close range
3.93
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Range of illumination
3.72
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.78
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.38
|
Ease of use
3.62
|
Gentleness on the eyes
4.15
Lowest price
$26.80
Dimming function(5 levels)
Tone changing function(5 levels)
Brightness at close range302.0lx(28.06 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Clamp
CRI
87.7
Maximum height of light source after installation
26.25 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
12.75 in.
Brightness directly below light
573.0lx(53.23 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Exceptional Illumination Range but Lacks Usability

This is a clamp-type model that can be attached to desks up to two and 3/8 inches thick. If you keep the light source horizontal, it can be raised up to 26 and a quarter inches. It has a great range and claims to be good for architectural drafting. You can work for a long time with this lamp without straining your eyes, as it produces 302 lx(28.06 fc) of light at close range. It can illuminate a wide range from high up, hitting 158 lx(14.68 fc) on the perimeter. 


It’s hard to move after you set it up due to the clamp, but you shouldn't really need to because it can completely light up even a large desk. This product is also notable for its flexible arm, allowing you to match it to the height of your monitor and what kind of work you’re doing. However, moving it to the left or right loosens the screw used for setup, so be careful. If you like reading magazines or doing arts and crafts, note that this lamp’s 87.7 CRI is perfect for anyone who looks at colorful materials for extended periods. 


It reaches 573 lx(53.23 fc) directly under the light, so it’s not so bright that it causes discomfort and also doesn’t produce many shadows. However, it does create some double shadows, which is one downside. It has five levels of brightness and five color options, making it highly adaptable to different scenarios. Unfortunately, it’s not so user-friendly. The buttons are on the cord, so you have to pull it in to press them, and you have to press them multiple times to change the brightness or color. While its versatility is great, we wish it was easier to use.

Power consumption10W
Power source typeUSB
Light source width16.56 in.
Base width1.19 in.
Base depth1.50 in.
Total weight1.57 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.5

LEPRO InnovationLED Desk Lamp for Home Office

mybest Score
3.92
Brightness at close range
4.18
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Range of illumination
3.75
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Ease of adjusting angle
3.22
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.29
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Ease of use
4.29
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.78
Lowest price
$22.99
Dimming function(5 levels)
Tone changing function(3 levels)
Brightness at close range406.0lx(37.72 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Stand
CRI
84.0
Maximum height of light source after installation
15.0 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
8.0 in.
Brightness directly below light
1930.0lx(179.30 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Good Illumination Makes Things Easy to See but It Lacks a Joint to Move Left or Right

The Lepro Innovation LED Desk Lamp is a metallic lamp with a matte finish. It’s compact and adjustable to a maximum height of 15 inches. The brightness at close range averaged at 406 lx(37.72 fc), so you should be able to get up to 500 lx(46.45 fc) with other light sources, helping you to work efficiently. It also lit up the corners to 171.25 lx(15.91 fc), meaning this lamp can get the job done all by itself.


This lamp has a great range for a compact model, but the joint doesn’t have a very good range of motion. This brought it down in the ease of angle adjustment category. In particular, it lacks the ability to turn to the left or right, so you have to move the entire lamp to change the positioning of the light. It doesn't weigh a lot, so it's easy to move, but you can’t adjust it the way you'd like.


84 CRI means that this lamp shouldn’t cause eye strain when carrying out normal office work. However, it does cast a lot of shadows, which can seem a bit gloomy after a while. On top of that, the shade can’t be adjusted to help block the light from entering your eyes. With five brightness levels and three color settings, this lamp can be adjusted for a number of different situations. It also has separate buttons for power, brightness, and color, which is very convenient.

Power consumption9.5W
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width9.69 in.
Base width4.06 in.
Base depth6.31 in.
Total weight1.87 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.6
No.1 in Brightness at close range

OttLiteLED Soft Touch Desk Lamp

mybest Score
3.91
Brightness at close range
4.22
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Range of illumination
3.68
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.82
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.43
|
Ease of use
3.93
|
Gentleness on the eyes
3.87
Lowest price
$44.90
Dimming function(3 levels)
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range419.25lx(38.95 fc)
Light source colorNatural white
Installation
Stand
CRI
88.1
Maximum height of light source after installation
13.38 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
7.0 in.
Brightness directly below light
2790.0lx(259.20 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Can Light up a Specific Area Well, Perfect for Crafts and Reading

OttLite’s LED Soft Touch Desk Lamp is covered in a soft silicone material. It's compact, with a maximum height of 13 and 3/8 inches with the light source flat. This lamp's close-range brightness measured in at 419.25 lx(38.95 fc), providing great lighting over the most used part of the desk. You'll be more than satisfied if you want a lamp for reading or other activities that require good illumination in a single area.


Considering it’s a compact lamp, it’s no surprise that it struggles to illuminate large desks, only reaching 142.45 lx(13.23 fc) on the outer edges. However, its flexible arm allows it to be adjusted in any direction, allowing you to point the light at your desired area and helping to cover up this weak point. This is a good choice if you want a smaller lamp. It produces natural colors, earning itself an 88.1 CRI. As long as you don’t need to discern the difference between similar colors, this should be good enough. 


On the flip side, the difference in brightness at close and long range is something to consider, and you should use the shade and adjust the brightness to avoid dazzling light. Also, while it does a good job lighting up your workspace, it creates some shadows, which can cause more strain on your eyes when writing.


The lamp offers three brightness levels, but no option to change the color. While this lack of features makes it easier to use, it also only has one button that controls the brightness, turns it on, and turns it off depending on how many times you press it. It gives off a natural white light, so it’s good for midday reading and crafts.

Power consumption8W
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width4.0 in.
Base width6.25 in.
Base depth6.25 in.
Total weight1.54 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.7
No.1 in Gentleness on the eyes

VoncerusLED Desk lamp with Clamp

mybest Score
3.87
Brightness at close range
3.68
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Range of illumination
3.59
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.65
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
4.56
|
Ease of use
3.62
|
Gentleness on the eyes
4.15
Lowest price
$19.99
Dimming function(10 levels)
Tone changing function(3 levels)
Brightness at close range194.0lx(18.02 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Clamp
CRI
86.2
Maximum height of light source after installation
24.25 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
10.75 in.
Brightness directly below light
415.0lx(38.55 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Only Illuminates Directly Below the Light and Requires Angle Adjustment

This is a clamp-style LED lamp that can be attached to desks up to two and a quarter inches thick. It can reach a height of 24 and a quarter inches while keeping the light horizontal. The pole is slim from the shade to the base, so it doesn’t overwhelm your desk. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of brightness, as it only reaches 194 lx(18.02 fc) at close range and 104 lx(9.66 fc) in the corners. You'll have to squint to read printed or written text, which causes strain over time.


It makes use of a flexible arm to move in four directions and illuminate a wide area. It hits 415 lx(38.55 fc) directly under the light, so it can illuminate specific areas fairly well. Because the light is on the dimmer side, you don’t have to worry about blinding brightness, and it provides a consistent glow over the work area. In addition, it has 86.2 CRI, so it’s gentle on the eyes even when viewing colorful materials. However, it does cast large shadows.


It offers 10 brightness levels and three color modes: daylight, natural white, and warm white. However, the settings don’t differ that much, and it’s hard to switch between them, as the button is on the cord and has to be pressed multiple times.

Power consumption10W
Power source typeUSB
Light source width8.94 in.
Base width1.25 in.
Base depth1.63 in.
Total weight1.0 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.8

Zipcode DesignCaskey Metal Desk Lamp

mybest Score
3.79
Brightness at close range
4.08
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Range of illumination
3.71
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.87
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
|
Ease of use
4.17
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.87
Lowest price
$54.99
Dimming function
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range365.0lx(33.91 fc)
Light source colorunknown
Installation
Stand
CRI
unknown
Maximum height of light source after installation
17.38 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
8.75 in.
Brightness directly below light
1160.0lx
Adjustable lamp shade

A Modern Lamp With a Bulb That Lights up Large Desks Completely

The Caskey Metal Desk Lamp by Zipcode Design has a matte finish and looks very modern. A notable feature is the power outlet on the base. The brightness depends on the bulb used, and for this test, we used the equivalent of a 60-watt, 810-lumen E26 LED bulb. The brightness at close range was 365 lx(33.91 fc) and 151.75 lx(14.10 fc) in the corners. The shade completely covers the bulb, but it can reach a height of 17 and 3/8 inches. The shade doesn’t block the light from spreading out too much, so it can illuminate a wide range.


It’s made of metal and pretty heavy, but luckily you don’t have to move it much because it has a fully adjustable joint, so you can point it wherever you need some light. You can also adjust the angle of the shade, which allows you to position it with precision and helps keep the light out of your eyes. But part of the light reflects off the shade, creating double shadows. 


The coloration depends on the bulb used, so check the CRI of the bulb you use with it. While you can alter the brightness and coloration by using a different bulb, you can’t change these settings on the unit itself. In addition, even though it looks very stylish, it lacks some functionality you may want from a desk lamp. The power button is also on the back of the shade, so you have to reach around to press it when the lamp is raised up.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width5.25 in.
Base width7.0 in.
Base depth7.0 in.
Total weight4.18 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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No.9

Mainstays15" Organizer Black Task Lamp

mybest Score
3.75
Brightness at close range
4.09
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Range of illumination
3.58
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Ease of adjusting angle
4.87
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
|
Ease of use
4.17
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.87
Lowest price
$15.88
Dimming functionunknown
Tone changing functionunknown
Brightness at close range366.5lx(34.05 fc)
Light source colorunknown
Installation
Stand
CRI
unknown
Maximum height of light source after installation
10.0 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
4.25 in.
Brightness directly below light
876.0lx(81.38 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Limited Range, but Its Versatile Base Is Good for Small Desks

This bulb lamp by Mainstays has a multifaceted base that helps you organize your desk, charge your devices, and can even be used as a phone stand. We used an 810-lumen bulb for this lamp in our tests, which is standard for a 60-watt E26 size. We found that the brightness at close range was 366.5 lx(34.05 fc) and 103.45 lx(9.61 fc) in the corners. It can only reach a height of 10 inches, so it’s on the smaller side. Also, the shade completely blocks the bulb, reducing its range significantly.


However, it has a flexible arm that allows you to adjust the angle precisely, which helps make up for its limited range. If you only need to light up a specific spot, such as while reading, this lamp might get the job done. The shadow produced by the bulb and the shade together creates a double shadow beneath the light source. The coloration depends on the bulb, so choose a bulb with a CRI close to 100 if you want to protect your eyes or need to see colors precisely. Because it uses light bulbs, you can’t adjust the brightness directly. If you think it’s too dark, you can try adjusting the angle of the shade. It also doesn’t have any other color modes, so make sure to get the right bulb for your intended use.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width5.0 in.
Base width7.44 in.
Base depth5.0 in.
Total weight1.54 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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No.10

IkeaForså

mybest Score
3.69
Brightness at close range
3.88
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Range of illumination
3.64
|
Ease of adjusting angle
4.78
|
Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
|
Ease of use
3.80
|
Gentleness on the eyes
4.01
Lowest price
$34.99
Dimming function
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range278.0lx(25.83 fc)
Light source colorunknown
Installation
Stand
CRI
unknown
Maximum height of light source after installation
16.25 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
2.0 in.
Brightness directly below light
820.0lx(76.18 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

A Classic Lamp That Struggles to Illuminate Large Areas

The Forså from IKEA is a classic-style stainless steel work lamp. It has a compact shade and uses E12 bulbs, which are smaller than average. We used a 440-lumen bulb for this test to match those used by the manufacturer. The light bulb is completely hidden by the shade, so we were worried that it wouldn’t distribute the light well. But while it did manage to record a brightness of 278 lx(25.83 fc) at close range, it only reached 122.45 lx(11.38 fc) in the corners. The light source can be raised to 16 and a quarter inches, but the shade prevents it from being a good option for lighting up desks thoroughly.


The joint offers plenty of vertical movement to light up specific areas by moving it closer. It can only turn 90 degrees to the left and right, but you can increase this range by loosening the screw on the base. Look out for the shade angle joint, though, as it loosens easily when adjusting it. 


It casts double shadows from the bulb and shade, but the shadow from the shade is light and mostly unnoticeable. While it’s not too dazzling, the light is concentrated in one area due to the compact shade, so looking directly at it can be uncomfortable. You can’t change the brightness or coloration since it uses a regular bulb. And though having a single switch makes things simpler, it's located on the cord and thus hard to reach.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width4.94 in.
Base width5.75 in.
Base depth5.75 in.
Total weight5.82 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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No.10
No.1 in Ease of adjusting angle

AnglepoiseType 75 Desk Lamp

mybest Score
3.69
Brightness at close range
3.72
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Range of illumination
3.63
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Ease of adjusting angle
5.00
|
Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
|
Ease of use
4.17
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Gentleness on the eyes
4.07
Lowest price
$320.00
Dimming function
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range211.65lx(19.66 fc)
Light source colorWarm white
Installation
Stand
CRI
91.3
Maximum height of light source after installation
19.75 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
0.75 in.
Brightness directly below light
552.0lx(51.28 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

A Traditional Warm-Toned Desk Lamp With a Bulb That Has Pros and Cons

The Type 75 Desk Lamp was designed by the industrial designer Kenneth Grange in 2003 and is sold by Anglepoise. The same company is said to be the first to manufacture arms and joints with springs attached to allow free movement, so this lamp is definitely a traditional choice. We used the bulb included with the lamp for testing, recording 211.65 lx(19.66 fc) at close range and 121 lx(11.24 fc) along the perimeter. The bulb generates a gentle light that spreads out but lacks brightness. This, combined with its height of 19 and 3/4 inches, renders it incapable of illuminating the whole desk.


The joint allows free movement in all four directions, so you can light up any area you like, regardless of where you place the lamp. However, the length of the arm means you have to fold it down when bringing it close, and the arm juts out backward. If your desk is up against the wall, you might have to consider where you place the lamp. 


The included LED bulb has 91.3 CRI, delivering vibrant and natural colors. Because it produces a soft light, the outlines of the shadows it produces are light. You can’t change the brightness because it uses a bulb, but it’s not too bright to be a concern. In addition, you can’t change the coloration on the light itself. The included bulb has a reddish-orange tint that's ideal for relaxation. So if you’re looking for a lamp to use for work, we suggest replacing the bulb with a white one.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width5.44 in.
Base width7.63 in.
Base depth7.63 in.
Total weight6.8 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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No.10

Trent Austin DesignBlackened Bronze Richarson Metal Desk Lamp

mybest Score
3.69
Brightness at close range
4.00
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Range of illumination
3.83
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Ease of adjusting angle
3.65
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
|
Ease of use
4.17
|
Gentleness on the eyes
3.72
Lowest price
$119.99
Dimming function
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range328.75lx(30.54 fc)
Light source colorunknown
Installation
Stand
CRI
unknown
Maximum height of light source after installation
25.75 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
0.50 in.
Brightness directly below light
620.0lx(57.60 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

A Large Lamp With Great Range, but Not Ideal for Long Work Sessions

The Blackened Bronze Richarson by Trent Austin Design is a striking metal lamp with a pulley-based design. The light can be raised up to 25 and 3/4 inches and has a wide shade better suited to larger desks. We used a typical E26 60-watt bulb with a brightness of 810 lumens. It can shine down from a great height and the shade doesn’t block the light, allowing it to illuminate a wide area. We recorded a brightness level of 328.75 lx(30.54 fc) at close range and 208.5 lx(19.37 fc) on the outer edges. The brightness depends on the bulb, so it's possible to light up your entire desk if you buy the right one. 


The shade and bulb hang from a rope, which allows it to be raised and lowered, but you can’t alter the angle. In addition, you have to adjust several other parts to raise and lower the light, including loosening the screw you tighten during setup and pulling the pin from the rope. The bulb sticks out from the bottom and the angle of the shade can’t be adjusted, so you can’t move it to block the light from entering your eyes. 


It casts two shadows from the bulb and the shade, resulting in a double shadow over your workspace. If you’re worried about eye strain or distinguishable colors, look for a bulb with a high CRI rating. You only have one option for brightness and color, unless you buy a different bulb. Plus, the power switch is located on the shade, so it’s a bit of a hassle to reach up to press it. The design makes it stick out, and its usability is lacking for a work lamp.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width12.25 in.
Base width8.5 in.
Base depth8.50 in.
Total weight12.1 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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No.13

SUPTREELed Desk Lamp with Pen and Phone Hold

mybest Score
3.65
Brightness at close range
3.62
|
Range of illumination
3.17
|
Ease of adjusting angle
4.96
|
Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.93
|
Ease of use
3.71
|
Gentleness on the eyes
4.01
Lowest price
$16.99
Dimming function(3 levels)
Tone changing function(3 levels)
Brightness at close range168.825lx(15.68 fc)
Light source colorWarm white, Natural white, Daylight
Installation
Stand
CRI
86.4
Maximum height of light source after installation
13.0 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
4.13 in.
Brightness directly below light
1200.0lx(111.48 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Versatile for an LED Lamp, but Only Illuminates the Area Directly Below the Light

This lamp by SUPTREE can be plugged into the wall or charged and used wirelessly. Its maximum height is 13 inches and the light source is only five and a half inches, so it’s quite compact. It features a unique base with pencil holders and a phone stand. It doesn’t light up workspaces very well, as it only reaches 168.83 lx(15.68 fc). The light comes in at an impressive 1,200 lx(111.48 fc) directly below the source, but doesn’t spread across the desk. The outer edges only reached 52.28 lx(4.86 fc), which is far from sufficient.


You can easily adjust the position of the light source using the flexible arm, but it’s not enough to make up for its very limited range. The unit is very light, and the padding on the bottom of the base causes it to wobble. The colors appear natural, and that is reflected in its 86.4 CRI. That being said, it casts a lot of shadows, especially on the daylight setting intended for reading and writing. However, the biggest issue is the lack of brightness, which can wear out your eyes if you use it for too long. 


It has three brightness and color settings, which should meet most people's needs. Unfortunately, it only has one button, so you need to press it in different ways to change the settings.

Power consumption5W
Power source typeUSB
Light source width5.50 in.
Base width4.69 in.
Base depth4.44 in.
Total weight0.57 lb.
Featuresunknown
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No.14

ALL THE RAGESSimple DesignsBronson Antique Style Industrial Iron Lantern Desk Lamp with Glass Shade

mybest Score
3.51
Brightness at close range
3.83
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Range of illumination
3.71
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Ease of adjusting angle
3.00
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Ease of changing light to suit current environment
3.00
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Ease of use
3.80
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Gentleness on the eyes
3.72
Lowest price
$22.34
Dimming function
Tone changing function
Brightness at close range259.25lx(24.09 fc)
Light source colorunknown
Installation
Stand
CRI
unknown
Maximum height of light source after installation
10.25 in.
Minimum height of light source after installation
unknown
Brightness directly below light
467.0lx(43.39 fc)
Adjustable lamp shade

Lights up the Whole Room but Shines Too Brightly Into Your Eyes

This lamp by Simple Designs is a unique choice with its transparent glass shade. The main body is made of iron and uses a warm white Edison light bulb, giving it an antique look. We used a 1100-lumen bulb that can be purchased together with the lamp. Thanks to its glass shade, the light shines in all directions, lighting up not only the desk but the entire room


On the desk, we recorded brightness levels of 259.25 lx(24.09 fc) at close range and 153.5 lx(14.26 fc) on the edges. This lamp intentionally lacks a joint, so you have to move the entire unit to change the position of the lighting. You don’t really need to move it due to its wide range, but we wish there was a way to change the height.


The glass shade means that the light shines directly into your eyes, costing it points in that department. In addition, it casts a lot of shadows and the glass shade reflects light and glimmers, so this isn’t great for long work sessions. As with other lamps that use bulbs, you can’t adjust the brightness or color settings easily. Also, the power switch is on the cord, so you either have to leave it on your desk or pull it towards you whenever you press it.

Power consumptionunknown
Power source typeWall plug
Light source width5.0 in.
Base width5.88 in.
Base depth5.88 in.
Total weight3.2 lb.
FeaturesStylish
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How We Tested the Desk Lamps

Desk Lamps Evaluation

mybest defines the best desk light as one that provides various lighting options suitable for different tasks, illuminating both the working area and the corners of the desk brightly. It should also minimize eye fatigue during extended work periods and be user-friendly.


In order to find the best product, we gathered 14 top-selling desk lights from Amazon, Walmart, Wayfair, and other sites, and thoroughly tested them based on the following six criteria.


  • Brightness at Close Range
  • Range of Illumination
  • Ease of Angle Adjustment
  • Ease of Changing the Light to Suit the Environment
  • Ease of Use
  • Gentleness on the Eyes

Products we tested

  1. ACNCTOPLED Desk Lamp
  2. ALL THE RAGESSimple DesignsBronson Antique Style Industrial Iron Lantern Desk Lamp with Glass Shade
  3. AnglepoiseType 75 Desk Lamp
  4. IkeaForså
  5. LEPRO InnovationLED Desk Lamp for Home Office
  6. Mainstays15" Organizer Black Task Lamp
  7. OttLiteLED Soft Touch Desk Lamp
  8. SUPTREELed Desk Lamp with Pen and Phone Hold
  9. TaotronicsLED Desk Lamp
  10. Trent Austin DesignBlackened Bronze Richarson Metal Desk Lamp
  11. UPLIFT DeskLED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp
  12. VoncerusLED Desk lamp with Clamp
  13. Zipcode DesignCaskey Metal Desk Lamp
  14. ‎White CrownLED Desk Lamp
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Brightness at Close Range

Brightness at Close Range

To find a lamp that brightly illuminates a workspace, we set the standard as a product that can provide 750 lux of brightness to the workspace.

Scoring Method

We set up a desk with dimensions commonly found in office environments, measuring 22 inches in height and 48 inches in width, in a room where external light was blocked out. Within this designated workspace on the desk, we checked the brightness at close range.


To measure the brightness within this range, we took readings at four points extended at 60 degrees from the center of the light, reaching distances of 11.81 in. and 19.69 in. in both directions. We set evaluation criteria based on the recommended workspace illumination from the International Education Standards (IES). With 750 lux (69.68 fc) as the upper limit, the higher the average brightness at the four points, the more recommended the product. We scored the recommendations accordingly.

Testing Conditions

Testing Equipment:Konica Minolta CRI Illuminance Meter CL-70F (Conforms to JIS A Class and DIN Class C)

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Range of Illumination

Range of Illumination

To measure the brightness across a wide area on the desk, welooked for a product that can illuminate the corners of the desk with 700 lux.

Scoring Method

During the test, we measured the brightness in four outer areas of a typical work desk (22 in. x 48 in.) in a room with blocked external light. Using the recommended desk brightness according to the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), we set a limit of 700 lux (65.03 fc) as the upper limit. The higher the average brightness of the four points, the higher the score the product received.

Testing Conditions

Testing Equipment:Konica Minolta CRI Illuminance Meter CL-70F (Conforms to JIS A Class and DIN Class C)

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Ease of Angle Adjustment

Ease of Angle Adjustment

When choosing a compact option, it is important the joints of the desk lamp allow you to direct the light where you want it. We looked for products with highly adjustable joints to move light where you want it.

Scoring Method

Testers tested and scored each product based on the following points.

What We Checked

  • Wide range of mobility when moving the light source left and right
  • Wide range of mobility when moving the light source downward
  • Wide range of mobility when moving the light source upward
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Ease of Changing the Light to Suit the Environment

Ease of Changing the Light to Suit the Environment

We tested products to find which ones allow easy adjustment of both brightness and light color to suit the space.

Scoring Method

Testers checked each product and assigned scores based on the following criteria.

What We Checked

  • The number of brightness adjustment levels
  • The number of color temperature adjustment levels
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Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Since you will use a desk light often, look for products that are convenient and work without issue through our testing.

Scoring Method

Testers checked and scored each product with the following criteria in mind.

What We Checked

  • Whether the switch was conveniently located for easy reach
  • How quickly and easily the switch could be operated
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Gentleness on the Eyes

Gentleness on the Eyes

We tested products that were gentle on the eyes by seeing which lamps didn't fatigue the eyes even after long work sessions.

Scoring Method

Testers checked and scored each product with the following criteria in mind.

What We Checked

  • If there was any flickering in the light
  • If the angle of the shade could be adjusted to prevent direct light into the eyes
  • If it had a high CRI, making colors appear natural (Measured with a Color Rendering Index meter CL-70F)
  • If there were multiple shadows on the desk surface
  • If the brightness was consistent and not too overly bright
  • If the light source was covered by a shade

Top 5 Desk Lamps

No. 1: UPLIFT DeskLED Desk Lamp E7 with Clamp

No. 1: ‎White CrownLED Desk Lamp

No. 3: TaotronicsLED Desk Lamp

No. 4: ACNCTOPLED Desk Lamp

No. 5: LEPRO InnovationLED Desk Lamp for Home Office

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