The 8 Best Desk Lamps to Buy in 2018

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: Lightblade 1500S at Amazon, “The LED light bulbs mean just one watt of power is used at the lowest brightness and eight watts at maximum brightness.”
  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Taotronics Stylish Metal Table Lamp at Amazon, “The lamp has a classy yet modern look that’s both stylish and functional.”
  • Best for Versatility: BYB E430 at Amazon, “There’s a memory function for separate lighting modes and six different dimming modes to help suit any mood.”
  • Best Design: Pixo Optical LED at Design Within Reach, “The elegant LED light produces a pleasantly warm glow.”
  • Best Budget: ZHOPPY LED at Amazon, “The lamp has an excellent clip-on clamp-ready design that’s both lightweight and ultra-portable.”
  • Best for Reading: BenQ at Amazon, “BenQ incorporated zero flicker technology for a flicker-free experience that won’t harm your eyes or induce fatigue.”
  • Best for Customization: Lampat LED at Amazon, “The Lampat includes a USB charging port and an automatic 30- to 60-minute timer.”
  • Best Cordless: Luxe Lamp at Amazon, “There are six different levels of brightness and three light modes incorporated into the 360-degree customizable design.”
  • Best Splurge: Youkoyi A509 Architect at Amazon, “The functional color panel features five touch keys to store favorite settings.”

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Lightblade 1500S

Lightblade 1500S
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As LED lamps continue to grow in popularity (thanks to their energy-saving benefits), the Lightblade 1500S is a superb combination of looks and performance with an omnidirectional pivoting head that enables complete control over the direction of light. The LED light bulbs mean just one watt of power is used at the lowest brightness and eight watts at maximum brightness, producing a total of 1100 lux of brightness overall.

In addition to a USB port for charging a smartphone, the lamp also has capacitive sensors that are directly incorporated into the base of the it, so it's touch-friendly. The total brightness of the lamp results in a color rendering index of 90 CRI (color rendering index), which is just below the 100 CRI product by natural sunlight. The CRI itself helps determine the lamp’s ability to accurately display any desk-based objects full color underneath the lamplight.

Runner Up, Best Overall: LED Desk Lamp, TaoTronics Stylish Metal Table Lamps

This TaoTronics lamp is your desk’s best friend. It has six levels of brightness and five different light temperatures (2700-3000K warm white, 3000-3500K soft white, 4000-4500K natural light, 5000-5500K daylight and 6000-6500K cool white light), plus it can reach up to 1200 lux, making it TaoTronics’ brightest lamp yet. And thanks to its Advanced Memory setting, you can save your favorite temperature and brightness setting, so you can quickly flip on the perfect lighting, whether you’re reading a book or typing a report.

The lamp has a classy yet modern look that’s both stylish and functional. The base, head and neck are all rotatable, so you can adjust to all angles depending on your activity. Conveniently, the base also has a USB port to let you charge up your mobile device while burning the midnight oil.

Best for Versatility: BYB E430

BYB E430
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The swinging desk arm of the BYB E430 LED desk lamp offers a functional lighting that’s uniquely and solidly designed. Featuring a highly adjustable clamp that can be attached to the edge of any desk, there’s a memory function for separate lighting modes and six different dimming modes to help suit any mood. The incorporated touch panel helps adjust each of the lighting and dimming modes, while the 144 included LED bulbs use 80 percent less energy than conventional bulbs, which allows for a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours.

Beyond energy-efficiency, BYB took great effort to help protect the user’s eyes with an innovative light guide panel that helps prevent light flickering and harmful glares. Ultimately, this design feature means a less fatiguing experience overall.

Best Design: Pixo Optical LED Table Lamp

The design of the Pixo Optical LED Lamp strikes a fine balance between simple and functional, but with a fun, quirky silhouette. The frame is made with 97-percent recyclable materials: top-quality aluminum for the arm and polycarbonate for the lampshade and base cover. The Pixo boasts a high level of mobility, with a 180-degree arm tilt and 360-degree rotation in both the arm and the shade.

The elegant LED light produces a pleasantly warm glow, and the battery offers a remarkable 50,000-hour lifespan. It’s also energy efficient, with a max consumption of 6W per use and features a full dimmer switch. Finally, the base includes a built-in USB charger, and the platform itself functions as a holder for your phone or other small objects. Also, for the best fit for your home’s carefully crafted color scheme, the Pixo comes in six different colors (including azure, black, and white and brass) and is sure to bring a bit of flair to your desk space.

Best Budget: ZHOPPY LED

ZHOPPY LED
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With an incredibly attractive price tag, the ZHOPPY LED desk lamp has an excellent clip-on clamp-ready design that’s both lightweight and ultra-portable. The gooseneck tube leads to the lamp that holds 14 LED bulbs for a total weight of just 4.3 ounces. The touch functionality allows complete control over the bulbs with easy on/off control and three different brightness levels overall. Beyond touch control, the budget-friendly pricing also allows for a wireless and portable design by using a built-in battery that is rechargeable via the included USB port.

Best for Reading: BenQ

BenQ
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BenQ’s dedicated e-reading and reading LED desk lamp is the perfect addition to the office of any engineer, architect or even for students with late-night study habits. The inclusion of BenQ’s lighting technology offers LED panels that are good for more than 50,000 hours or eight hours a day of lighting every day for the next 17 years.

Beyond lifespan, BenQ incorporated zero flicker technology for a flicker-free experience that won’t harm your eyes or induce fatigue. The built-in ambient sensor offers multiple different touches on the control ring to automatically detect the brightness level of a room and adjust brightness accordingly. When it comes to positioning, the ball-joint base helps you to find the angle you need for the best reading experience. 

Best for Customization: Lampat LED Desk Lamp

If eye-protection and personalization are your major checkpoints, then look no further than the Lampat LED Desk Lamp. It features four lighting modes and five levels of brightness which can be adjusted via touch-screen controls. The LED bulb skillfully mimics natural light and boasts a color rendering index of more than 90, meaning it illuminates color with almost true-to-life accuracy. It’s also energy-efficient and offers a 25-year lifespan.

Physically, the Lampat also provides a good amount of flexibility and maneuverability. The arm bends forward up to 40-degrees, the lamp head has an adjustable tilt of up to 140-degrees, and it rotates up to 180-degrees. Additionally, the Lampat includes a USB charging port and an automatic 30- to 60-minute timer.

Best Cordless: Luxe Lamp

Luxe
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Skip the cords once and for all with the Luxe wireless LED desk lamp that provides up to 40 hours of continuous light before requiring a charge. With a total of 18 unique settings, there are six different levels of brightness and three light modes incorporated into the 360-degree customizable design that's capable of rotating, twisting and bending.

Additionally, the LED panels feature 28 built-in LED lamps that will last for more than 50,000 hours of use. The lithium-polymer battery supports anywhere between 3 to 40 hours of continuous runtime with just three hours of charging via the included charging cable. Add in one meter of fall protection and you’re looking at a durable lamp that’s both attractive and long-lasting.

Best Splurge: Youkoyi A509 Architect Desk Lamp

Whether you are a professional architect or you are just looking for a luxurious light to outfit your home office, this modern swivel LED lamp by Youkoyi is a great option. It sports a sleek design with a desk clamp, silver arms and a futuristic white panel. The product is of sturdy construction, with a flannelette clasp to eliminate scratching desks and corrosion-resistant metal for long use. The functional color panel features five touch keys to store favorite settings. With two color temperatures of warm and white, as well as light range from 3000 to 6000K brightness up to 700 lumens, you can adjust settings to accommodate whatever kind of work you need to do, be it illustrating, reading or just providing ambient light.