From office workers to students, most of us spend a lot of time at our desks. In a survey done by the CDC, they found that 25% of people interviewed admitted to spending more than eight hours of the day sitting, with much of the time spent at a desk. Since it’s the place where many people spend their working day, having a lamp that provides proper lighting not only makes for a more comfortable working experience, it’s also better for your health.
As noted by the Canadian Association of Optometrist, having the proper amount of lighting when reading, whether it’s a computer screen or paper documents, can help to avoid negative short-term effects including eye strain and headaches. The CAO notes that most homes are under lit, which means that the room where you study or work may not have an adequate lighting source for a comfortable working environment.
The world of desk lamps is wide and while we love an attractive ornate lamp as much as the next person, having a lamp specifically designed for a desk means it won’t take up much room, has various brightness options to allow you to customize the experience to match your work needs, and comes with bonus tech features like a USB charging port. For a lamp that is designed to make your desk the ideal working environment, check out our three top picks below and find the best one for you.
1. Lampat LED Desk Lamp
With four lighting modes and five levels of brightness, you can find the perfect lighting level for any occasion with the Lampat LED Desk Lamp. The Lampat offers a natural lighting option that is perfect for cutting down on eye strain. The Lampat has a flexible arm and includes a one-hour shut off feature for safety.
Pros: The Lampat is the only lamp on our list with both 30 and 60-minute lighting options available. It’s also energy efficient and incredibly durable with a 25-year life span.
Cons: The Lampat can’t be rotated sideways and unlike the all-metal TaoTronics, it’s made of plastic.
2. TaoTronics Metal LED Desk Lamp
Featuring a nightlight that offers a soft hue, the TaoTronics Metal LED Desk Lamp is great for the office and the bedroom. The TaoTronics features a USB charging port, as well as six levels of brightness and five light options, the most lighting combinations of all the lamps on our list. It can also be rotated at the base and neck with two adjustment points on the arm.
Pros: The all-metal TaoTronics desk lamp is scratch-free and includes a Favorites function that allows you to program your favorite light settings, making them easily accessible with the touch of a button.
Cons: The TaoTronics is considerably more expensive than the other two options on our list.
3. TW Lighting IVY LED Desk Lamp
For a lighting option that is powerful and affordable, we recommend the TW Lighting IVY LED Desk Lamp. Perfect for workshops, desks and dorm rooms, the lamp features a USB charging port and a three-level dimmer, as well as an adjustable neck.
Pros: At 1 pound, the TW Lighting IVY LED lamp is the lightest lamp on our list. It’s also available in six color options and is shatter resistant.
Cons: The TW Lighting IVY LED lamp has the fewest options available and doesn’t include a timer option like the first two lamps.