There’s a rare but impressive group of people who can work from anywhere. If they’re sitting at a bus stop and only have their phone with them, they can still manage to get stuff done. The rest of us though, need to create the right conditions to avoid distractions and focus on the tasks at hand. Of course, sitting at an office desk is one way to get in the work mindset, but not everyone works in an office. In fact, a study released last year found that 70% of professionals work from home at least once a week.
There are some great benefits to the increasing commonality of telecommuting. They include some globally beneficial things like a reduction in traffic from commuters, as well as some minor but still pretty great perks like being able to work in sweatpants without any stern looks from the higher-ups. The drawback, though, is that you have to invest in ways to make part of your home feel like a workspace. Even if you don’t have a designated home office, clearing up your kitchen table or putting a desk in the corner of your bedroom can give you a nice spot where you can focus on whatever you’re doing. The best way to make your workspace feel like a real office desk is to get a good lamp.
Chances are that unless you have a home office, your desk is pretty small. That’s why it’s good to have a lamp that isn’t going to take up too much space. It should be bright but not blinding; bonus points if it’s got a few different brightness settings. Also, if it’s going to be a regular fixture in your apartment, it ought to be stylish. Fortunately, we’ve found several different options that fit the bill.
1. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp
This ultra-thin desk lamp comes in black and white, or you can get one with a wood-grain finish. The frame has three rotating joints for customized lighting, and there’s a USB charging port near the base. The way lighting looks is largely dependent on the space it’s in and the colors of the walls. That’s why this lamp has 7 brightness settings and 5 color modes.
Pros: 7 brightness and 5 color settings, comes with a USB port.
Cons: Some reviewers found that the power button was finicky, and required effort to get to the preferred setting.
2. Lampat LED Desk Lamp
This lamp features a similar design to the first option, except it has a square base instead of a round one. Like the TaoTronics option, it has a USB charging port, rotating joints, and several color and brightness settings. Plus, this unit has a 1-hour auto-off feature; if you doze off while working at least you won’t be wasting energy.
Pros: Sleek design, includes a USB port and an auto-shutoff feature.
Cons: The lamp head doesn’t rotate, so it may be difficult to angle away from your eyes.
3. AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps
If you like a little mood lighting while working, this table lamp from Aukey gives off a pleasant, warm white light. It has a touch-sensitive base, so it solves the problem of trying to fidget with a switch in the dark. Tapping the base will turn it on or off and adjust brightness. It also has different colors to choose from on the RGB spectrum.
Pros: Lamp cycles through RGB colors, or you can pause on the color you want. Plus, it has a touch-sensitive base.
Cons: If you like a specific color besides white, there’s no way to save that color when you turn it on and off.