Best LED Desk Lamps for Office and Home Use

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 4, 2017
Reading, writing or working at the desk leads to the necessity of a light source. Desk lamps can make these processes more comfortable and safe for our eyesight! Look through this review and choose the best lamp to bring light to your working place. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
BRIGHTNESS
COLOR TEMPERATURE
USABILITY
POWER SOURCE
TYPE
WARRANTY
 
PROS
4 preset lighting modes let you choose the most convenient way of lighting according to your needs.
CONS
One timer option.
OUR VERDICT
On buying LAMPAT desk lamp, you'll get not only safe and smart device to light your desk but also an additional power source for your smartphone.
detailed parameters
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
5-11 W
BRIGHTNESS
530 lm, 5 brightness levels
COLOR TEMPERATURE
2500K - 7000K
USABILITY
Adjustable stand for light direction, Sensor control panel, 1-hour auto shut-off, Anti-glare protective structure
POWER SOURCE
Corded-electric
TYPE
LED
WARRANTY
30-day return policy
PROS

Detachable magnetic holder and well-thought base design provide numerous ways of lamp installation. 

CONS

The maximum illuminated area leaves something to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

Durable construction coupled with a built-in battery allows you to use dodocool model not only as a stylish desk lamp but also as a portable flashlight.

detailed parameters
ENERGY CONSUMPTION

5 W

BRIGHTNESS

Adjustable brightness 

COLOR TEMPERATURE

n/a

USABILITY

Magnetic holder for adjustable lamp position, Touch control

POWER SOURCE

Built-in 1100 mAh battery

TYPE

LED

WARRANTY

18 months

PROS
Retractable legs and a clip provide you with different options of lamp installation.
CONS
If you choose batteries as a power source for your lamp, you'll need to change them frequently.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the ability to clip and stand, Ivation desk lamp can be used even outdoors.
detailed parameters
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
2 W
BRIGHTNESS
750 lm
COLOR TEMPERATURE
5500K
USABILITY
Adjustable gooseneck, Touch sensitivity, Clip and retractable legs
POWER SOURCE
Corded-electric, Battery-powered (3 batteries AAA)
TYPE
LED
WARRANTY
30-day return policy
PROS
Rechargeable battery allows you to use this lamp even if the electricity goes off.
CONS
White surface can become dirty soon.
OUR VERDICT
Boyon lamp will not only provide you with sufficient amount of light but also decorate your room.
detailed parameters
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
3 W
BRIGHTNESS
600 lm, 3 brightness levels
COLOR TEMPERATURE
5500K - 6000K
USABILITY
Touch sensor switch, Adjustable gooseneck
POWER SOURCE
Corded-electric, Battery-powered
TYPE
LED
WARRANTY
3 months
PROS
When bulb stops working, you'll be able to change it easily yourself.
CONS
Energy consumption is rather high.
OUR VERDICT
Easy-to-use and compact, it will become a perfect choice for those who like reading at night.
detailed parameters
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
20 W
BRIGHTNESS
320 lm
COLOR TEMPERATURE
2900K
USABILITY
Adjustable gooseneck, Rocker switch
POWER SOURCE
Corded-electric
TYPE
Halogen
WARRANTY
30-day return policy

What is a Desk Lamp

Light is one of the crucial factors to take into account while planning interior. Trying to light homes and offices with maximum comfort and effectiveness, manufacturers have come up with a lot of new lighting technologies. Desk lamps are created to light small areas, in general, desk surface. Using them, you’ll be able to read books, write reports or work on the computer even at night. To choose the best desk lamp which will meet all your requirements, check out this review.

If you’re a bookworm, book stands may come in handy. Make your pick and enjoy reading your favorite books with the maximum comfort!

What Features to Compare

Quality of Lighting

This characteristic is the first thing you should pay attention to when choosing a desk lamp. Lighting quality is determined by two factors – brightness and color temperature. Brightness is an index of light amount. The more lumens the lamp can emit, the brighter light you’ll get. Color temperature is also of the utmost importance. Being measured in kelvins, it greatly influences light quality. The temperature around 2200K-2700K is considered to be warm light, while 3500K is a measure of neutral light. Any temperature above 4100K is considered to be cool light, and 5500K provides daylight. Thanks to a breakthrough in the world of lighting devices, you’ll be able to choose the necessary brightness and color temperature depending on your preferences.

Usability

One more significant feature you should take into account is desk lamp’s usability. This characteristic is determined by several factors.

  • Adjustable stand or gooseneck (it depends on the model) lets you turn or rotate the lamp to direct a light beam to the necessary area.
  • Sensor control panel will come in handy if you want to change brightness or turn the lamp on/off.
  • Some models of desk lamps have a special clip to set such lamp not only on the table but on any other suitable surface.

Energy Consumption

This parameter varies from one model to another. Energy consumption of the lamps represented in this review ranges from 2 W to 20 W. Consider this measurement attentively and make sure that the quality of light justifies energy consumption. There are also some lamps which can work without electrical power. Built-in or AAA batteries may be their power source. Thus, you can use such lamps not only at home but take them on picnics or holidays as well.

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LAMPAT 900865

Light Your Room Anytime

You will probably agree that while choosing a lamp we think not only of the light quality but also about its impact on our eyesight. With every user's comfort in mind, LAMPAT manufacturer released a dimmable LED desk lamp that doesn't hurt eyes and provides quality and adjustable lighting intensity. The maximum brightness measured at 530 lm coupled with color temperature set between the range from 2500K-7000K ensures ideal light source. However, it’s not the only advantage of this lamp. Besides such high standards, there are also 4 lighting modes with 5 brightness levels in each! Reading, Study, Relax, and Sleep modes are designed to provide the best color temperature for your specific aims. Thanks to the choice options between 5 brightness levels in each mode, you’ll be able to find the right one for your place and for the particular time of a day - mid afternoon, evening or night.

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More Comfort at Your Desk

On buying LAMPAT Dimmable desk lamp, you'll get not only a simple lighting device but a useful assistant on your desk. The sensor control panel is familiar to everyone and intuitively simple in use. Use the control panel to select lighting mode, brightness or set an auto shut-off timer. To our mind, the last function deserves additional attention. It is definitely a beneficial option if you like reading books or working on a laptop in bed. Just set the 60-minute timer and stay in bed, the lamp will turn off by itself in an hour time. The USB port is another advantage of LAMPAT desk lamp. It will come in handy if you need to charge your phone right on the desk.

Taking into account all these features, we can easily presume this lamp will satisfy your needs not only at home but also in the office. And that's quite fair! Its modern design will suit almost any interior. Want to get both functional and stylish device? Buy LAMPAT Dimmable desk lamp!

LAMPAT 900865 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp in the use

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LAMPAT 900865
LAMPAT 900865
 

Dodocool DA955

Be Special

If the design of your lamp is as important to you as its specifications, the dodocool LED desk lamp will definitely come to your liking. Its body is cylinder-shaped, it looks simple yet stylish and doesn’t take up much space on your desk. Moreover, being quite compact, it can be used as a flashlight. Take notice of a built-in 1100 mAh lithium battery that ensures from 4 to 174 hours of continuous operation on a single charge. Keep in mind that the run-time depends on the brightness level you choose. By the way, charging the lamp is as easy as anything – all you need to do is connect a DC input located at the bottom of the body to the source of energy. No matter how you’re going to use your dodocool lamp, its 5-Watt power is enough to illuminate small area wherever you need.

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Benefits of Well-thought Design

Although the dodocool desk lamp seems simple at first glance, we bet you’ll be impressed with the variety of its application options guaranteed by a multifunctional base. Made of metal, it is designed to give you a chance to use the lamp in one of the following ways:

  • Put the base on your desk, attach the magnetic holder to it, and insert the lamp body. Don’t overlook a chance to adjust a lamp position by moving the holder along the body length.
  • The base has several holes, so you can use assembly tools to mount it on any vertical surface, be it a shelf or a wall.
  • You can use the base separately as a smartphone stand, for example. It is possible due to two small protrusions and the curved shape of the base.
  • Finally, the lamp body with the magnetic holder can be detached from the base and be used on any ferromagnetic surface.

As you see, there are different ways to use this dodocool lamp, so don’t hesitate to choose the one you like best.


Dodocool DA955 LED Desk Lamp in the use

At the Touch of a Button

With a user in mind, the manufacturers of the dodocool LED desk lamp have done their best to simplify its control. All you have to do to turn the device on/off or adjust its brightness is use a touch button on the top of the body. To make the lamp work (or turn the light off), a single touch is enough. If you want to make the light brighter or dimmer, hold your finger on the button until you get the desired result.

Detailed review of Dodocool DA955 LED Desk Lamp

Dodocool DA955
Dodocool DA955
 

Ivation IVACLED

Set It the Way You Like

It’s not a traditional lamp in a common sense, for it can be set on a desk in two different ways. The lamp is based on two retractable legs for table use and a clip for a wall installation. So, basically, you’ve got two options how to use your lamp. A wall-mounting is convenient for space saving purposes, besides, having a lamp hung over a desk allows hitting the required area with higher precision. Just like most other lamps reviewed in here, Ivation Multipurpose desk lamp can be powered from several sources - a USB port of any of your gadgets and 3 AAA batteries. No long cables are required. This also means, this desk lamp is rather mobile and can be used away from power outlets - on picnics, for example, or anywhere else where a light source is needed.  

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Who was the First?

A lot of experiments had been carried out before the humanity got a modern light bulb we are used to now. The first attempts to invent something similar were made by Russian scientist Petrov. At the beginning of the 19th century, he invented an electric arc - a prototype of an arc lamp. It became popular, although, it did have a lot of disadvantages connected with fire safety issues and inconvenience of use. In 1879, American scientist Thomas Edison started to work on light bulb improvement. Reportedly, he had conducted about 2,000 experiments before the lamp that met his requirements was eventually produced. Once, at a press conference, he made a joke about a long chain of his experiments, saying that he’d managed to discover 1999 wrong ways of bulb invention. Anyway, the one successful was the first used in mass across the globe. The lamp could work for 800-1,000 hours. Can you imagine today our life without a lamp?

Ivation IVACLED Multipurpose Gooseneck Dimmable Clip Light in the use

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Ivation IVACLED
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Boyon 13051312

Unusual Design

Having examined all 5 desk lamps represented in our review, we can say without any doubt that Boyon Desk Lamp is the most flexible. The stand can be rotated 360° to give you a chance to light any area you need. The head of the lamp is also adjustable, and you can direct the light beam even to the ceiling. And 600-lumen brightness will be enough to make reading and working on the computer much more comfortable. Moreover, you can adjust it with a touch sensor if necessary. We would also like to point out some features concerning the lamp’s installation. 4 rubber feet on the stand base improve lamp’s stability and prevent it from possible slipping. If you want your lamp to be more functional, for example, be attached to different surfaces, you can consider a different 4-Watt model under the same brand name (it comes with an additional clip).

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Interesting to Know

The first light-emitting diode is supposed to have been discovered in 1907 when British scientist Henry Round had noticed the signs of light while conducting electric current through metal. Carrying out his experiment, he could see yellow, green and orange lighting. Some time later, Russian scientist performed a similar experiment and decided to share his findings with the others in his research work. But he was refused, for his scientific research seriously lacked theoretical explanation, that's what a scientific community settled. Only in 1962 the world witnessed the first successful attempt of light-emitting diode invention. Working for the General Electric company, Nick Holonyak made his first red diode lamp. Unfortunately, at the time mass production of those lamps wasn't possible for their high price. It was only in the 1990s when they were re-introduced into the market once again by three Japanese physicists who combined red, blue and green diodes. 

Boyon 13051312 LED Desk Lamp in the use

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Boyon 13051312
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Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31

Enjoy Simplicity

Sometimes, we don’t want to choose among a wide range of similar products to find what we really need. Sometimes, we just want to get the necessary thing as quickly as possible. If you don’t feel like spending much time on looking for a suitable desk lamp, Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31 is a perfect choice. Modern and simple at the same time, this lamp will provide you with appropriate lighting for reading, writing reports, drawing or working on the computer. Emitting warm and pleasant light, it won’t harm your eyes, thus, you can use it safely every day. However, this lamp lacks the option of brightness level choice, it has just an ergonomic on/off rocker switch. A pleasant thing is that you’ll be able to direct the light with an adjustable gooseneck. One more beneficial feature is its 20W light bulb which comes together with the lamp. No need to buy bulbs separately, the included one will last for 2,000 hours! So, if you seek simplicity and usability all in one device, you’ll be definitely satisfied with Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31 desk lamp.

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Interesting Facts About Light

  • Did you know that only 10% of light bulb’s energy is spent on lighting, and 90% - on heating? Well, taking into account this peculiarity, it’s strange that we use bulbs for lighting, isn’t it?
  • The world’s longest operating light bulb is known as a 100-year light bulb and is located in the fire department in Livermore, California. It has been working since 1901. According to the workers of a fire department, it was turned off just several times during this long period. Due to such durability, the bulb has appeared in the Guinness Word Records book.
  • Since LED bulbs produce only visible light (which is a part of an electromagnetic spectrum), they are less energy consuming than incandescent lamps.
  • It takes the sunlight 8 minutes and 17 seconds to reach our planet. Even if the Sun had "died" (it is hardly possible but what if), humanity would have known about it only after 8 minutes and 17 seconds time, no quicker.
  • Light consists of green, blue and red colors. By mixing them in different proportions, one can get various colors and shades.
  • Do you know why the grass is green? The answer is that during a photosynthesis, chlorophyll absorbs sunlight shades and reflects green color. By the way, the sun light consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet colors.
Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31 Halogen Desk Lamp in the use

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Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31
Park Madison Lighting PMD-3501-31
 

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FAQ:

Q.: How long do LED lamps last? Is it worth replacing regular bulbs?

A: Considering that the average rate of service life for most LEDs makes incredible 50,000 hours, you’ll be able to use a single LED lamp round-the-clock for more than 10 years.

Q: I’m used to quite a lot of light. If I replace my current incandescent bulb to the LED product, will I see the difference?
A: Not really. The LED lights used today can beat a lot of high-wattage products performance-wise.

Q: How are the LED desk lamps set up on a desk?
A: The thing about LED desk lamps is that they aren’t a lot different from conventional lamps and can be set just in the usual way. What they offer, though, is a bit more flexibility, allowing you to clip them on your PC’s monitor in order to keep light on a keyboard or elsewhere. You can keep a LED desk lamp plugged in all the time, just like you’d do if you used a regular lamp, or unplug and use it away from a power source.

Q: What are the advantages of LED lamps?
A: The obvious one is energy savings which you might only realize after a couple years of use. They haven’t invented a technology yet that would allow a lamp to last as long as a LED does. The LEDs also don’t heat up as much as incandescent bulbs or halogen lamps. Comparing with regular bulbs, the LEDs withstand shock and vibration much better and can be used in extreme low-temperature environments.

Q: What color should I choose for a LED lamp?
A: There are three colors to choose from: bright white, soft white and warm white. You can also find lamps that change colors. Deciding on the hue of LED lamp, you should opt for the one that your eyes are used to. Soft white produces the hue that is very much similar to the one produced by an incandescent bulb. Warm white might seem just a bit more yellowish. Bright white isn’t for everyone and probably not for every room, but it is definitely the best one you could get for a bathroom, owing to its hue which is close to the daylight.



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