It’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and after getting your proposal rejected for the umpteenth time, you realize that you are at the end of your rope. Or after a night out with friends, it finally dawned on you that midterms are tomorrow, and you just so conveniently forgot to study.
Either way, if you are more familiar with burning the midnight oil than you would care to admit (trust us, we know the feeling), then you will probably want to read on.
So, LED desk lamps. It is no mystery that LED desk lamps are more energy-efficient and last longer than their CFL or incandescent counterparts, and the majority of desk lamps in the market typically fall under this category. Besides accentuating your décor, they are also good for a variety of things, the most noteworthy of which – helping you see in the dark. Speaking of in the dark, how do you go about choosing the right LED desk lamp?
Well, fortunately, we will be going through just that in this article, and hopefully, at the end of the day, be able to shed some light on what to look for in a LED desk lamp.
But surely there isn’t going to be much to consider in choosing a lamp?
Yes, and no.
Over the years technology has changed much of our lives, and the modern desk lamp is no longer the oil lamps our forefathers knew so dearly about. And though it remains eminent that a lamp must be able to light things up, we have so much more to look for in a modern desk lamp. To better illustrate our point, take a look at the table below.
The following table lists the best LED desk lamps of 2021, which we keep up-to-date of course.
|TaoTronics TT-DL13 LED Eye-caring Table Lamp (Editor's Pick)||Medium||Plastic, Metal|
|TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp||Medium||Plastic|
|AUKEY LT-ST7 Portable Desk Lamp||Medium||Aluminum|
|Ledgle LED Desk Lamp||High||Metal|
|BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp||High||Metal|
|Hapurs LED Desk Lamp||Affordable||ABS, Rubber|
|Globe Electric 35” Architect Desk Lamp||Medium||Metal|
|Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp||High-end||Metal|
|iEGrow Flexible LED Desk Lamp||Cheap||Plastic|
TaoTronics TT-DL13 LED Eye-caring Table Lamp – Best Value
If a good desk lamp at an affordable price lamp is what you’re after, then look no further than the TaoTronics TT-DL13 LED lamp.
Much like its namesake, the soft uniform light helps reduce glare and reduce discomfort to the eyes to a minimum, letting you work and play in the dark that much longer. It also sports a premium alloy casing with anodized aluminum, allowing for improved heat dissipation and a longer lifespan.
And for those of us who are really conscientious about how much light is in the room, then you will be pleased to know that the TaoTronics TT-DL13 boasts 5 different lighting modes, engineered to suit any activity.
Couple that along with the fact that it also has 11 levels of brightness that can be freely dimmed at your disposal, a very personal experience is all but guaranteed.And the best part? All of this comes with a very reasonable price tag, so you are sure to get the best bang for your buck.
And the best part?
All of this comes with a very moderate price tag, so you are sure to get the best bang for your buck.
- The rotatable arm makes it effortless to regulate the light to the desired angle
- Soft uniform light helps reduce discomfort to the eyes
- Brightness and temperature are easily adjustable with touch-sensitive controls
- Built-in USB port for charging devices
- Multiple lighting modes to fit the users’ activities
- Very economical
- Very simplistic design; it doesn’t stand out. The base of the lamp turns easily when attempting to adjust the angle of the head.
TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp – Best Overall
Whether you are working on an assignment or having a casual read, a decent desk lamp is almost a necessity. But a great desk lamp will make even sleep a pleasure.
With 4 different lighting modes and 5 varying levels of brightness, the Elune is good for any number of activities.
The Relax Mode and Sleep Mode, in particular, help the weary get some much-desired rest after long periods of work. And with the auto-off timer, we won’t have to worry about leaving our light on as we make the mistake of carelessly falling asleep sometimes.
The simplistic yet modern design of the Elune makes a great addition to any work desk, and with its freely adjustable head, the Elune does not only make it easy to see in the dark, but it is also no hassle to store.
In addition, the Elune has a built-in USB charging port for those of us who find it difficult to part with our handheld devices and for better or worse, need it at arm’s length. All in all, the Elune is one desk lamp that is in every sense, very easy on the eyes.
- Has a long LED lifespan of 45,000 hours
- Multiple lighting modes to fit the users’ activities
- Built-in USB port for charging devices
- Sleek and stylish modern design fit to go on contemporary-styled work desks
- Auto-off timer helps to regulate usage time and save energy
- Luminosity at the mid-tier range; not very powerful, but not too weak either
AUKEY LT-ST7 Portable Desk Lamp – Most Customizable
It’s nothing new that our phones are getting thinner by the day, and quite recently our desk lamps have gone on this trend as well. With the ability to unfold itself into numerous positions, the AUKEY LT-ST7 Portable Desk Lamp makes even setting it up a relatively entertaining process.
You can adjust it to different heights and different angles, and when you are done with it, you can simply fold it back into its original position and tuck it away in your pocket. Weighing at only 9.2 ounces, the AUKEY LT-ST7 Portable Desk Lamp caters to the needs of those of us who find ourselves on the go more often than not.
And much like its unassuming weight, the AUKEY LT-ST7 Portable Desk Lamp is also a very light “eater”, consuming only a modest 3 watts of power, yet generating 150 lumens of light. If you go out every now and then and fancy a good read, then this desk lamp is a must-have travel companion.
And if you like staying indoors most of the time, the AUKEY LT-ST7 lamp will still be a neat device to keep by your side.
- Stylish and futuristic design
- Foldable into the size of a mobile phone, making it very convenient to carry around
- 2 lighting modes of low light and bright light
- Comes with a plastic hook so can be hung anywhere at all
- Light is quite cold and can be glaring to the eyes
- Single charge only lasts for approximately 2-3 hours
- Luminosity is rather weak when unplugged
Ledgle LED Desk Lamp – Most Handy
One usually might not expect for a desk lamp to also be a thermometer, but the Ledgle Desk Lamp is just that. In fact, it also has a built-in clock and calendar.
And for those of us who need the added incentive of an impending deadline staring at us in the face, the Ledgle Desk Lamp may just be exactly what the doctor ordered.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking it as just another gimmicky desk lamp. Even without the extra functionality, the Ledgle Desk Lamp still serves its primary function as a desk lamp beautifully.
With 3 different modes of color temperature and 5 varying levels of brightness, as well as a freely customizable neck, the Ledgle Desk Lamp is as good as modern desk lamps get. It also comes equipped with 54 LEDs within the panel, rocking a luminous intensity of 1500 lumens.
Though good as it may sound, and perhaps you were already expecting this, the Ledgle LED Desk Lamp does not come cheap.
Whether it is worth every penny, depends on the user. The irony is that a desk lamp engineered to be one-size-fits-all can only shine in the hands of so little, as one would imagine the ordinary smartphone is already capable of this much, so why go the extra mile for a desk lamp? Nonetheless, for those of us who prefer a more minimalist outlook to our work desks, and don’t mind spending a pretty penny for it, then this could be your go-to solution.
- Built-in digital clock, thermometer, and calendar
- High luminous intensity at 1500 lumens, and has anti-glare shade
- 5 levels of brightness and 3 different light temperature modes for clear reading
- Foldable arm for easy adjustment of light
- Built-in USB port for charging devices
- LCD display can be overwhelmingly bright
- The lamp is not very user-friendly
- Several reported reviews of the digital display malfunctioning after a while
BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp – Most Innovative
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that tech colossus BenQ takes the spotlight in this category (excuse the pun). BenQ has put ophthalmologists and ergonomists to work in creating the ultimate desk lamp
But it has happened. And they have done it.
Developed specifically to work with monitors, tablets, smartphones, and even large workspaces, the BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp goes above and beyond in making sure that your eyes are stress-free as you work. According to BenQ, the LEDs are capable of lasting a jaw-dropping record of 50,000 hours!
In addition, with its curved panel, the BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp boasts a 35-inch illumination range, which is 150% wider than the average reading lamp. The BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp also comes equipped with a built-in light sensor, which helps determine the most optimal light setting based on the surrounding ambiance, and the user can freely adjust the temperature of the light as desired with the turn of a knob.
Considering the amount of effort and research that has gone into creating this, it should be quite evident that the BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp should come at a hefty price (It does).
But regardless, our hats are off to this work of science of a desk lamp.
- Light covers a large surface area
- Suitable for users who have to look at monitors all day as there won’t be any glare
- An intelligent lamp that can detect ambient light and set the right brightness for the user
- Very high price point
- Curved panel design is very bulky and unappealing
Hapurs LED Desk Lamp – Most Sleek
With its super compact C-shaped design and its sleek silver body, the Hapurs LED Desk Lamp is bound to look good on a contemporary-themed desk. Weighing at 8 ounces, it is the lightest product in this list. The Hapurs LED Desk Lamp has 3 levels of brightness and is capable of generating up to 200 lumens of light
Although it isn’t a powerful desk lamp compared to the others on this list, it is definitely one of the most stylish.
It also comes with a very affordable price tag. So if you’re looking for a modern desk lamp that looks great on your desk, doesn’t take up too much space, and doesn’t break your bank, then look no further than the Hapurs LED Desk Lamp.
- Beautiful modern design
- Lightweight and portable
- Very affordable lamp
- Plastic material gives it a cheap and flimsy feeling
- The lamp is rather small
- Each charge only lasts about 2 hours
Globe Electric 35” Architect Desk Lamp – Most Versatile
With its 32 inches long neck, the Globe Electric 35” Architect Desk Lamp is easily the tallest product on this list. Coupled with its spring-loaded arm, the Globe Electric 35” Architect Desk Lamp makes working in large, wide areas a breeze.
Coupled with its spring-loaded arm, the Globe Electric 35” Architect Desk Lamp makes working in large, wide areas a breeze.
Normally, this tall, imposing desk lamp has a pretty long reach already. But as an add-on, you can also purchase the metal clamp, further expanding the versatility of the desk lamp. A first glance of the design gave us the impression of a very traditional desk lamp. Kind of like Luxo Jr, Pixar’s mascot. But to be frank, the Globe Electric lamp has no need for embellishments
Offering great mobility with its tall, flexible stature and a 6 feet long power cord, there is no workspace too wide or too narrow for this desk lamp to handle, making it a great choice for architects (hence the nomenclature), engineers, and even carpenters.
- Tall and has a good reach.A classy and traditional design
- Weighty metal base and clamp helps keep the lamp in place
- The relatively fragile clamp has been known to snap on a few occasions. Lamp arm is not very durable
- Spring arm is rather frigid, making it challenging to adjust the lamp
Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp – Special Mention
Quite often we forget that not everyone shares the same visual acuity, which is why we would like to give a special shoutout to the Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp for highlighting it to us.
With an 8-diopter glass, the Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp offers 3X magnification, perfect for reading small letters and intricate work. Weighing at 8.8 ounces and attached with a metal desk clamp, the Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp is easy to carry around. Its gooseneck design also makes it convenient for users to freely adjust it to any desired height or position.
Though a bit steep in the price factor, the Fancii Daylight LED Magnifying Lamp still makes for a great gift for our aging family or friends, if not ourselves.
- Good for aging eyes or intricate work like sewing or knitting. Strong metal clamp helps stabilize the lamp
- Highly portable
- Each charge lasts up to 6 hours
- Gooseneck is quite short so it doesn’t have a very wide reach
iEGrow Flexible LED Desk Lamp – Special Mention
Another item we would like to make a tribute for is the iEGrow Flexible LED Desk Lamp. With its cute potted plant design, the iEGrow Flexible LED Desk Lamp is definitely an eye-catcher. It even comes with a pencil holder. And when not in use, you can just tuck the lamp head away, courtesy of its gooseneck design.
The iEGrow Flexible LED Desk Lamp will look great as a bedside or desk lamp for kids and as it runs on battery, the iEGrow led desk lamp is highly portable and you won’t have to worry about broken cables or children getting near power sockets.
- Cute and very appealing design.Convenient to store pens
- Small and easy to carry around
- Very weak light. The lamp is not very durable
Given the ease of which it is to find any old desk lamp, it might come off as a surprise how many factors come into play when considering which one to buy. Of course, we aren’t looking for an average lamp, but the best the market has to offer. And a little research evidently goes a long way in helping you make your purchasing decisions.
That is why this list was created, and naturally, there is not going to be a single desk lamp to rule them all, just the right lamp for the right situation.
We hope that after reading this, you will have a clearer grasp of your own needs and be able to find a desk lamp that fits the bill.
If you do have certain models you would recommend to us, do let us know.