Previously we have discussed the clip-on book lights which provide us the proper lighting for reading in bed and it doesn’t affect other’s sleeping. However, if you’re working at a computer desk or worktable, you need specialized LED desk lamps to help you get the work done more efficiently.
We all have the experience that our eyes could get pretty tired and strained after staring at a computer screen for long periods of time or reading. This is caused by poor light and electromagnetic radiation especially the blue light emitted by the screen. To get adequate light and mitigate the harsh glow of the screen, an appropriate LED desk lamp is of the essence.
The main purpose of LED desk lamps is to provide practical task lighting for when you need to concentrate on a project or works such as writing and drawing etc. Aside from that, it should be also beneficial for eye health and minimize eye strain.
When shopping for a desk lamp, it’s overwhelmed by so many models that are both in aesthetics and functionality. Fortunately, we’ve done our homework and consolidate the list of the best LED desk lamps for you to choose from.
Read on and discover the best to match your workplace.
The Best LED Desk Lamps Round-up
|1. Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger||2. Full Adjustable Angle Design LED Desk Lamps||3. LED Desk Lamp with Large Lighted Panel||4. Auto-Dimming LED Desk Lamp with Swing Arm||5. LED Desk Lamp with 4 USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets||6. Aluminum made LED Desk Lamp with High CRI||7. Clamp on LED Desk Lamp Slim Line Design||8. App Control LED Desk Lamp with Motion Sensor||9. USB Powered LED Desk Lamp for Laptop||10. Kids Desk Lamp with Pen holder and Clock|
|√ Minimalist design, Eye-caring,|
√ 5 color temperatures,
√ 5 brightness levels,
√ Wireless & USB charger,
√ 30/60 min auto-off timer.
|√ Full adjustable angel design,|
√ 5 color modes,
√ 7 brightness levels,
√ USB charging port,
√ Touch pad controls.
|√ Small-scale LED panel light,|
√ 3 color modes cold, natural, warm,
√ Seamless dimming control of brightness,
√ USB charging port,
√ Night light feature.
|√ Smart Auto-dimming,|
√ No glare or flicker on your monitor,
√ Adjustable colors and brightness,
√ Truly desk-wide illumination,
√ Touch and knob controls.
|√ 4 USB Charging Ports,|
√ 2 three-prong Outlets,
√ 3 Adjustable brightness,
√ 2.5-meter long cord,
√ Compact design for a small place.
|√ Tall, aluminum-made,|
√ 5 Adjustable brightness,
√ Full Spectrum with high CRI>95,
√ Auto-timer, auto turn off after 60 min,
√ Memory Function,
√ USB Charging Port.
|√ Very slim and sleek fixture,|
√ 4 Adjustable brightness,
√ Made with brushed steel,
√ 2 flexible joints for 360° positioning,
√ Mounting clamp design, portable.
|√ App and Alex Control,|
√ PIR motion sensor,
√ Auto-dimming feature,
√ Alarm clock function,
√ CCT & brightness adjustable,
√ Made with full aluminum alloy.
|√ Full Metal construction,|
√ USB powered method,
√ 3 Color temperatures,
√ 5 Brightness levels,
√ Modern and sleek design.
|√ Built-in screen shows time, date, calendar,|
√ With pen holder for storage,
√ With a USB charging port,
√ 3 Brightness levels,
√ Colorful Night Light.
1. Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger
Probably the best LED desk lamps in the market. This desk lamp is multifunctional that it’s with so many functions you can benefit from to support you do your tasks well. First, it’s with 5 color modes (2700-6000K) and 5 brightness levels to adjust, simply slide the dimmer on the base then you can get your desired light color, it’s great for a variety of tasks.
Additionally, it has a USB port for charging as well as a wireless charging feature! It couldn’t be cool that you can plug in a USB charging cord and charge one of the electronic devices while laying your iPhone down on the base to charge that as well.
Plus, it can be folded down so you can point the light to where you need the light exactly. And, for those who forget to turn off the lights before falling into sleep, this desk lamp can be set to shut off automatically using a timer. You can set a 30 or 60 minutes Auto-off timer, no worries about turning off the light anymore.
Overall, if you need a professional, yet minimalist LED desk lamp for your work, this multifunctional desk lamp could be the good choice.
|Dimension:||15.7 x 4.72 x 1.57 inches|
|Color Temperature:||2700K-6000K (Adjustable)|
|Operation method:||USB Plug in|
|Functions:||Wireless Charger, Auto Timer, USB Charger, Dimmable|
2. Full Adjustable Angle Design LED Desk Lamps
For a school student or hard worker who spends almost a whole day in front of the study desk either reading or working on the computer, LED desk lamps with quality light is vitally important. This desk lamp is with an array of LEDs in a line behind an opaque screen, no dark spots or faded areas to be seen and it gives off a brilliant and consistent oval of light.
Speaking of the quality light, you’ve got a 1-10 scale for brightness and light color, both are touch-activated and scales very nicely from soft to full illumination. You can leave it one for mood lighting or gradually bring it to 10 for reading, or turn it off entirely. It’s really a smart design, simple and sensitive.
The greatest part is that this desk lamp is so adjustable and can be fully swiveled from side to side from either the light head or the base. You can tilt the light bar up and down, turn the light assembly left and right, rotate the light bar clockwise and counterclockwise. That’s important when using it for crafts and such when you need the perfect light angle.
And, the USB port on the back of the lamp is also very convenient too for when you don’t have any extra ports to charge your device at. In addition to the black color shown, this lamp is also available in white, black wood grain green, and white wood grain.
|Material:||Metal + Plastic|
|Dimension:||12.99 x 7.09 x 15.75 inches|
|Color Temperature:||2700K-6000K (Adjustable)|
|Operation method:||Adapter plug in|
|Functions:||CCT Changeable, USB Charger, Dimmable|
3. LED Desk Lamp with Large Lighted Panel
While most LED desk lamps are with conventional linear lampshade design, this LED desk lamp is with a large rectangular lighted panel instead. The LED panel is 125mm wide and 190mm long, where it gives out the light that is broad enough and evenly distributed over the entire area needing the illumination.
It’s basically like you’re bringing the LED panel light to your desk, and actually you really do! This rectangular panel is made up of the same material and construction as the LED panel light. It consists of aluminum housing with PMMA, etc and the LEDs are printed on the side, so that it provides edge lights, without the “spotlight” areas produced, which is glare-free and easy-on-the-eyes.
Similarly, this desk lamp features the adjustments of brightness and color tone of light, you can adjust the color temperature based on what you’re using it for. Plus, it has a quick night light setting on the touch control. The lamp is with foldable neck-design and there are 5 adjustable angle points that enable you to adjust the light based on your exact need. It has a heavy base so no matter how you position the lamp screen it will not tip over.
What’s more, this small-scale LED panel light produces diffused light that avoids harsh highlights on the face, it’s good for video conference as well!
|Dimension:||14.57 x 5.91 x 17.13 inches|
|Color Temperature:||2700K- 6500K (Adjustable)|
|Operation method:||Adapter plug in|
|Functions:||CCT Changeable, USB Charger, Dimmable|
4. Auto-Dimming LED Desk Lamp with Swing Arm
Our eyes could get strained, tired, and dry from looking at the screen day in and day out. Especially with the overhead lights or poor desk lamps shine on the monitor, it adds more glare and gets you severe eyestrain issue.
If you are suffering from eyestrain (particularly in the presence of glare) using other poorly-designed desk lamps, we recommend this auto-dimming lamp which also said to be the world’s first lamp for e-Reading. The light delivers on the promise of not affecting the visibility of your monitors, while simultaneously lighting up the full width of your desk like no lamp we’ve seen. Illumination is superb and evenly covers the surface of your desk without washing out your screen.
More than that, you can set it into Auto-dimming mode! In this way, the lamp can detect ambient brightness and dynamically adjust to the brightness level for a comfortable work environment all day and night.
Furthermore, this lamp is made up of aluminum alloy with a ball-joint design, which is very flexible to be adjusted to all kinds of angles, and the base is heavy enough to allow adjusting the arms without flipping over.
|Dimension:||8 x 23 x 23 inches|
|Color Temperature:||2700K- 5700K (Adjustable)|
|Operation method:||Adapter plug in|
|Functions:||Auto-dimming, CCT adjustable, Touch and knob Control|
5. LED Desk Lamp with 4 USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets
If you live in a house where electric outlets are rare and far between or you have a smaller desk, this compact LED desk lamp will be the solution for both. It has 2 additional three-prong outlets and 4 USB charging ports on the base, perfect for tablets, phones, watches, and all the gadgets that need charging. You can finally get rid of all the additional plugs or USB that mess around on your table or your nightstand.
And, with the AC power outlets, you don’t have to crawl under the desk to find a receptacle anymore. Plus, it’s compact enough to not be a nuisance and crowd the minimal space of the desk.
What’s more, one of the other favorite features of this lamp is that it has a long cord up to 8.2FT(2.5M) that lets you place the light in a place where may not be close to an outlet. No need to use an extension cord.
Besides the 3 adjustable brightness that enables you to adjust low, medium, and high light for your different needs, the light can adjust up and down at 180° as well as leaning backward and forward at 90° on the multi-functional arm.
|Material:||PC+ABS Fireproof Plastics|
|Dimension:||Base 5.91 x 4.33 x 1.0 inches, Height 11.9 inches|
|Operation method:||AC plug in|
|Functions:||4 USB Charging Ports, 2 Power Outlets,3 adjustable settings|
6. Aluminum made LED Desk Lamp with High CRI
Most of the LED desk lamps are made up of plastic, which may seem cheaply made and is also easy to get scratch and smudges. Well, if you’re looking for a desk lamp made with metal, check out this one. This lamp is made of aluminum alloy with a brushed metal finish, it’s elegant, and materials are sturdy and the overall design is attractive, fits in with modern or contemporary Décor.
Moreover, this table lamp is higher than the other table lamps in the market. It’s 19.68in that is high enough to tower over your computer screen and drawing screen without taking up a large footprint on the desk. And, the illumination from this lamp is not harsh because it’s a flat panel rather than a point source. Plus, it’s with a high CRI rating of more than 95, enables you to see the real color and beauty of objects.
What’s more, it has a timer that can turn off the light automatically after 60-minute and it also remembers the last setting when turns on again thanks to its memory function.
The other features include a built-in USB charging port with a max output of 5V/2.1A, as well as 5 adjustable brightness and 3 changeable color temperatures 3000K, 4000K, 5000K. Overall, it’s a great LED desk lamp.
|Dimension:||8.46 x 5.31 x 19.68 inches|
|Operation method:||Adapter plug in|
|Functions:||1 USB Port, Adjustable Brightness and colors, Auto-timer, Memory Function|
7. Clamp on LED Desk Lamp Slim Line Design
Maybe the most minimalistic clamp-on LED desk lamp you can find in the market. This slim line lamp is so sleek that it doesn’t get in the way of your view or for you to feel like you are battling for space in the same area. And when you are not using it, the lamp is almost out of sight, a great addition to your working desk or tabletop.
Although it’s very slim and looks like it will only brighten a limited area, it provides strong light yet not harsh to most of the computer desks. Plus, it’s with 4 brightness levels that can be switched with a light touch. Therefore, if you have aged and have tired eyes requiring more light, look no further than this light.
In addition, the lamp is solidly built with brushed steel, and the mounting clamp fits ultra-tight and easy to use. The lamp has 2 flexible joints for positioning. It can be turned 360 degrees and it does not sag or droop, it stays in place. Flexibility is great!
In a nutshell, this sleek clamp-on desk lamp is perfect, and it’s the best tool for sewing, needlework, artwork, etc. Though the price is expensive, however, in this case, you get what you paid for.
|Dimension:||25.6 x 30 x 0.8 inches|
|Operation method:||Plug in|
|Functions:||4 Brightness Levels|
8. App Control LED Desk Lamp with Motion Sensor
This is another high-end LED desk lamp that we like a lot. Not only does it with App and Alex control function that it can be connected with Tuya App and Alexa, so you can control the lamp by your phone or voice, it’s also with a PIR motion sensor! When the sensor is on, the light can light up itself automatically once you’re in front of it. And after you leave, it will turn off after 15 minutes.
What’s more, it’s also with auto-dimming function. The lamp is with a built-in ambient light sensor that can dim and brightens the light automatically according to the surroundings, to give you comfortable illumination thus reduces eye strain. Plus, the color temperature can be changed between 3 modes: warm white, cold white, and natural white, just slide your finger along the touch control surface to adjust it.
And, the whole body is made of high-quality aluminum alloy, coated with matte grey finish. This table lamp feels much premium compared to other plasticky lights. Moreover, it’s with a high CRI≧95 which gives you the precise color and details of the objects.
More than that, there is also a digital clock on the top that looks pretty slick and awesome, it’s with a small battery to keep the time even if you disconnect the lamp. Great!
|Dimension:||15.7 x 6.29 x 9.05 inches|
|Operation method:||Plug in|
|Functions:||App control, Motion Sensor, Auto-Dimming, CCT&brightness adjustable, Timer, Alarm clock|
9. USB Powered LED Desk Lamp for Laptop
Design for your computer screen or laptop, this USB-powered LED desk lamp is suitable for use when studying and using a laptop. When using a laptop, you won’t have to worry about the shortage of outlets, just plug the lamp into the laptop and enjoy the illumination.
This lamp body is solidly built with a full metal structure, and the base of this lamp is heavy which makes the lamp very sturdy. What’s more, its adjustable mechanical arm is with 6 rotatable joints that allow you more flexible use. It can be rotated up to 350° and it can turn from side to side, giving you a more flexible use.
Additionally, the inline switch gives you the control to adjust color temperatures and brightness. The lamp has 3 different color options including cool, natural, warm and each color has 5 brightness levels to adjust for daily use.
Moreover, this modern desk reading light emits soft, non-flickering, gentle light on the eyes, and with zero reflective glare off the screen, it’s ideal for reading, working, or studying.
|Dimension:||7.52 x 7.52 x 17.1 inches|
|Operation method:||USB powered|
|Functions:||USB Powered, 3 colors, 5 brightness levels.|
10. Kids Desk Lamp with Pen holder and Clock
This lamp is amazing with multiple features. It’s with an LCD screen that shows the temperature, date, day, and most importantly the time, so you don’t need your phone anymore to check the time when reading.
Aside from that, it’s with a pen holder that has plenty of room for storage, you can put your pens, highlighters, business cards, and other things in it, and make the table very clean.
It serves as task lighting with three brightness levels, it also serves as ambient light with a night light feature. The night light has very nice colors that you can pick yourself by touching the colorful spectrum ring or you can have it cycle through all of them by pressing and holding the color on/off button for two seconds.
As well as the other desk lamps, it’s with a convenient USB charging port to charge your phone and the gooseneck design is flexible enough to adjust light angle. If you’re a student searching for a lamp for study or if you’re a father/mother who looking for a gift for your children, this table lamp is perfect.
|Dimension:||4.5 x 21.2 x 4.4 inches|
|Operation method:||Corded Electric|
|Functions:||USB Port, Time Screen, Pen holder, Night Light.|
No matter you’re an office worker or a student, LED desk lamp is necessary to create a good working circumstance so you can concentrate on your work or study. Especially during this global pandemic COVID-19, while working at home becomes a daily routine, have a table lamp added to your desk can indeed improve your efficiency.
There are millions of desk lamps on the market that you might be wondering which one of them is better choices for you than others. Without further ado, read on and learn how to pick the best LED desk lamps.
Why is LED Desk Lamp Important for Us?
Our eyes could get tired after working for a long time or staring at the computer for several hours. And it could be worse if we’re working under the dim and poor overhead light, which can weaken the eyesight and increases stress, result in severe eye strain.
To reduce eye strain and allow you to focus on what you do, a solid desk lamp is essential and becomes a must-have in every workspace nowadays. The good LED desk lamps produce perfect task lighting to your workplace, so you don’t need to depend on the ambient light which is either too dim or cast shadows on your desk. More importantly, LED desk lamps are mainly designed with Flicker-Free technology.
Plus, LED desk lamps are more energy-saving than ceiling lamps, considering they’re low power and light up the work areas exactly you need. So, it’s also not disturbing your partner’s sleep when you’re staying up.
4 Types of LED Desk Lamps
Before you dive into the search for the best led desk lamps, spend a little time learning about the main styles of these desk lamps, which you’ll likely come across while shopping. It gives you a better understanding of which types of LED desk lamps are more suitable for your need or pair with your desk.
#Swing Arm Type
Swing arm desk lamps are the most popular ones that we can see in the market. As the name implies, it features an adjustable arm that pivots and swings into different positions so you can control its height and light directions.
When you need a little extra light, the swing arm allows you to pull the lamp as close as you need, and without having to pick up and move the entire lamp. The best swing arm lamps have durable joints and are made of robust metal materials such as aluminum alloy, brushed nickel, and so on.
Besides the swing arm lamps, foldable desk lamps are another type that is widely used in the workplace, office, study, etc. It features a lathy light source that can be fully swiveled from side to side and you can also alter the light bar up or down to get the desired illumination.
The foldable desk lamp provides a wide light distribution that can cover your whole desk, thanks to its linear light head. And, when you’re not using the lamp, you can just fold down the light head so it doesn’t get in the way of the limited desk space.
Clip-on (or clamp-on) desk lamps are another common type. Unlike the self-standing LED desk lamps that are with a lamp base, the clip-on desk lamp is with a firm clip or clamp to clip on the side of your desk, kitchen table, or attach it to your headboard for some light reading before bed.
The clip-on type is quite compact and it’s also adjustable, for those who don’t have a dedicated workspace and prefer to move from place to place for a change of surroundings, it would be the perfect companion.
Replaceable desk lamps are designed with Edison E26/E27 light bulbs, when the lamp has been used for a very long time and the bulb comes to its end, you can just replace it with a new bulb and without having to throw away the whole lamp fixture. So basically you can keep the lamp permanently.
Normally this type is with a round lampshade design to hold the bulb inside, it’s a classic design that suitable for most of the workplace. As the light source is an LED bulb, the versatility and functionality will depend on what kinds of light bulbs you’re using.
What types of LED Desk Lamps are Preferable?
Among these 4 types of LED desk lamps, they are with their own characteristic. At first glance, you might think choosing a desk lamp is straightforward, as long as it can light up my writing desk, but it’s not the case for everyone.
If you’re an architect, you will need something articulating and far-reaching to light up large blueprints, the foldable type desk lamps with an extended light bar give off wide light distribution is much better.
If you don’t have a permanent workstation, or you want a clutter-free desk, the clip-on LED desk lamps are ideal. It clamps or clips onto the side of your desk, headboard, or any area near your desk sturdy enough to hold it, and it won’t take up any surface space on your desktop.
For designers, you might have your personal preferences regarding style and design, as well as what type of lighting and shade will suit your space. You may want a traditional desk lamp with an exposed bulb inside the shade, then the replaceable type is the best.
When you have the preferable LED desk lamps in mind now, it can be still a bit complicated with varying settings and features. Fortunately, we’ve done our homework, read further and get your answer.
5 Things to Consider when choosing a LED desk lamp
After you have screened out the type of LED desk lamps, then you have the target now to look for the best desk lamp that can satisfy your demands, to help you further screening, we have consolidated 5 factors for your consideration, see below:
Most of the desk lamps are made up of plastic material since plastic is cost-effective and easy to be produced in any shape. However, plastic lamp body is easy to get scratches and smudges, and after long-time used its color will also get aged over time. It also looks cheap if it’s not well-made or with good design.
Hence, if you’re looking for more elegant and quality LED desk lamps, choose the metal material, such as aluminum alloy or stainless steel made style. Metal type desk lamp not only has a robust quality but also with a superior look. What’s more, metal also helps to transmit the heat out quickly so the LEDs can last longer, and it will not discolor when operating in a cooler condition.
Speaking of the size, there is no solid rule when you choose the desk lamp. Since LED desk lamps are quite normal in the market, their sizes could vary but it doesn’t make a big difference. Generally, most of the desk lamps are designed in suitable sizes that can fit our desk.
But if you have a large desk or with several monitors on the desk, you might want to go with the bigger and taller one, so you get a larger light distribution. Similarly, if the lamp takes up valuable workspace and it becomes a hindrance when working, you know it’s too big and you should choose a smaller one or the slim type.
Normally the height of the lampshade should not exceed your head while you’re sitting next to the desk. This is better so the light will not shine in your eyes to cause dazzle and headache.
CCT and CRI
We have discussed CCT (Color Temperature) a lot, it’s one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a light. We know that color temperature has warm white, natural white, and cold white. To avoid eye strain over long periods of time, warm white (2700k to 3000k) is the first choice. As for the cold white (6000k), it’s intended to use in short bursts to avoid asthenopia. Fortunately, we found that most of the LED desk lamps or table lamps are designed with warm white color or with multiple color options to choose from.
CRI means color rendering index, normally it ranges from Ra60 to Ra100, the higher the CRI, the more natural light it is like to be. Usually, we can see that LED desk lamps are labeled with CRI>80, which is ok but not good enough. If you’re doing work like painting or drawing, go with a higher CRI one, at least CRI>90.
LED desk lamps with higher CRI are more close to the natural light, even though it’s artificial light, it creates the same light environment as natural light does. Plus the light is more comfortable to our eyes with less blue light and we can actually see the real color of the subject.
Adjustability is another important feature to consider when choosing a desk lamp. Full adjustable desk lights allow you to move the light without physically picking up the lamp. It has a flexible arm and swivel lamp head so you can adjust the light position to get the most appropriate and target illumination.
Stretch it taller, rotate the head to the right or left, bend it a little, or swing it in various directions, the full adjustability enables the lamp to fit your daily basis. Whether your desk space is limited or you work on a specific job that needs to turn the light into several positions, adjustable desk lamps can always adapt to this situation.
Eye Caring and Flicker-free
Serve as task lighting, LED desk lamps should provide comfort and evenly distributed light that is eye-caring, as well as flicker-free. It’s crucial and greatly affects the efficiency that whether you can complete your work well and on time. Eye caring and flicker-free desk lamps help to minimize eye strain and reduce headaches. Plus, it’s also with less glare.
While the general lighting’s main purpose is to light up a whole space so the objects are visible to us, it sacrifices the light quality and many are also with flicker. And the overhead lighting gives off a wide light beam that is not good for concentration. For desk lamps, the beam is directed on the surface and therefore would highlight the area you are working on.
Tip: How do we know the light is with flicker or not? There is a simple method to find out, turn on your mobile phone camera and face it to the light. If it’s with flicker, your camera will full of wavy lines flickering. Otherwise, it’s flicker-free. (The following video shows a high flicker of one led light.)
Advanced Features to Look For
Above are the basic elements of LED desk lamps and it’s easy to find in the market. However, if you’re looking for more advanced features or chasing unique functions, you will want to dig more awesome features.
Like we know that the screens on cell phones can automatically dim or brighten based on the ambient brightness, LED desk lamps designed with this feature can also adjust their brightness automatically. LED desk lamp with a built-in daylight sensor is able to gradually dim itself when there’s daylight available, leading to a pleasant illumination that not only reduces eye strain but also is more energy saving.
#2. Timer function
We can benefit a lot from LED desk lamps with the timer function. For example, when you turn on the timer, the lamp can be turned off automatically after 30 or 60 minutes, so you know exactly how long you have been working there. And, the timer also acts as a reminder that you should take a break after a long time of work. What’s more, you can sleep peacefully knowing that the table lamp can turn off automatically and not cost unnecessary electric charge.
#3. Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is also referred to as Qi charging or Qi technology. Although this technology is relatively new, it’s not bad to have this function embedded in your lamp. When using wireless charging, there are fewer cords to worry about and no more fumbling with cords and adaptors when you need some power. Wireless charging desk lamps make your desk cleaner and with less clutter.
#4. USB ports
If there’s one thing you need on your desk, it’s more USB ports. Seriously! Just about everything charges via USB these days, so why not use a lamp with a charging port? And given the fact that the lamp already takes up an outlet, it’s quite useful to have the lamp designed with a USB port, so you can charge your electronic devices from it and without having to plug into your laptop.
By now, you’ve probably settled with the favorite desk lamp. A good desk lamp is not only able to help you work at your best, but depending on the lamp’s characteristics, you can also stay organized, charge your electronic devices, or add a pop of personality and design to your workspace.
With the rapid changes in lighting technology, there will be more neoteric LED desk lamps appear on the market, follow us and we will update you on the newest desk lamps from time to time.
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