Best Desk Lamps in 2020



TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port, 4 Lighting Modes with 5 Brightness Levels, 1h Timer, Touch Control, Memory Function,14W, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program Review:


How I chose this lamp:
- I purchased this lamp after swimming through reviews on just over 15 other similar LED lamps. Most of the lamps I considered were TaoTronics as they tend to have a very strong following with many positive reviews, not to mention they have been praised as some of the brightest LED desk lamps you can find for under $50.00. Those two points were most important to me: Less than $50.00 and must be a bright LED array.

Why I chose this lamp:
- As a painter of miniature models, I need a lot of bright white lighting in order to see paint colors and how they truly appear in tone and color as I apply them to a model. I previously had a small LED desk lamp and a tall fluorescent halo lamp that I could use overhead and move around as needed. I started to realize there were a lot of shadows on my models and I was constantly trying to move the overhead lamp around to get better lighting, but that just made shadows elsewhere. The fluorescent lamp just wasn't bright enough. Seeing these LED desk lamps with the long arrays online, I immediately decided that this might be the solution to my problem. A long array with a nice, even light output would provide for a better area of coverage than my previous lamps, which this TaoTronics lamp promised to provide. If you look at the pictures I included, you can see the difference in lighting. Now, for full disclosure, the room was fairly dark when the pictures where taken and the sun had not come up yet, so there was little ambient light in this area. Also, it is important to note that I did/do not solely use this lamp. I use all three lamps to provide as much light as possible, however, it is still very obvious how much brighter the desk area is with the TaoTronics lamp on. The light from this lamp outshines my previous lamps as opposed to simply being washed out like dim headlights under street lamps.

What I like:
- This lamp has five brightness settings, which I am a big fan of. The lamp also has four different color variations ranging from a soft amber, to a light yellow, a bright blue-ish cool white, and finally a bright daylight white. That being stated, I just use the bright white setting at level five. The base is more than heavy enough to prevent this lamp from ever becoming unstable or falling over. The touch sensitive controls are very responsive and intuitive. The cord from the adapter plugs into the back of the lamp and is out of the way. The USB charging port is not something I cared one way or the other about, however, my phone is typically sitting on the desk as I work and this allows me to charge it without running another cord to the outlet. The armature height works very well for my needs and seems to be a very good desk lamp height. The slim LED array allows me to place light over my work area without having a light fixture either hitting me in the head, or blocking my view of the models I am painting. This is a big one for me. The fluorescent halo lamp I have been so dependent upon for years is always in my way when I place it in a spot that offers the best lighting. The TaoTronics lamp offers a great area of coverage while the slim design keeps it out of my way, and it still provides much better lighting than I had previously. Lastly, it is quite bright. The LED array on this lamp is too bright to look at, but when looking at the lamp from any angle other than right up into the array, it does not bother my eyes at all. Of course I am not going to be staring into the LED array because it's lighting my desk, not me.

What I don't like:
- My biggest point here is that while this lamp is very bright, I could personally use one more brightness setting. While this is not really a gripe at all, I just find there may be times where I might want a little more light, however, this lamp is very bright as it is and I do like that. Another point is the lamp's armature. You can move the lamp through variations of up and down or forward and backward, but you can't swivel or rotate the lamp head itself. I don't find that to be a big issue, personally, however, I realize there are some who would. My final point here would be about heat. The very top of the lamp (the back of the LED array) gets hot when running at full brightness. For anyone has has any experience with high intensity LEDs, that shouldn't come as a big surprise as they can generate quite a bit of heat. The plastic cover on the top of the lamp is vented along the center line, similar to the design of the middle section of the armature. Even so, it gets hot enough to the touch (though not so hot you can't touch it) that I am a little concerned about shortening the lifespan of the lamp if I run it max white/bright all the time.

Overall I am quite happy with this purchase. It does what I need it to do very effectively and has made me realize just how poorly lit my work area was before I purchased this lamp. If you need a lamp that can light an area, such as a desk or worktable, efficiently then look no further. With a price point of under $30.00, you get more than you paid for here, in my opinion. It provides a nice soft light you can use as a nightlight or an absolutely bright daylight lamp for a desk, work area, reading, ect.



Lampat LED Desk Lamp, Dimmable LED Table Lamp Black, 4 Lighting Modes, 5-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/2A USB Charging Port) Review:


 I liked this lamp so much I ended up buying two of them!

I've included a video with a manual ISO and aperture settings taken from when the camera was in automatic mode and pointed at the lamp on my desk at the brightest setting. The camera isn't adjusting these on the fly to compensate for light or lack of it, so you see a better representation of the gradations from dimmest to brightest.

The lamp has 4 different lighting modes and 5 levels of brightness. In my opinion, the lamp on the brightest mode at the highest setting can almost be too bright if you're really close, but for lighting up a room it's great. Thankfully, you can adjust the intensity to match your activity. I don't personally use any of the other settings buttons besides the reading button, but it's nice to have the option to change modes.

It is very adjustable. You can rotate at the base 180 degrees and pivot at two joints. I've had no problem finding the right angle for reading, working on a project at my desk, or just lighting up my room in general.

I love the USB charging port on the side. I use this to charge my wireless headphones, portable headphone amp, Kindle, etc. I love having the ability to charge something at my desk or near my bed whenever I need it.

The only minor quibble I have is the length of the power cord. It's not a huge issue, but I'd really like to have another foot or so to work with.

Overall, this is a great product!



TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Eye-caring Table Lamps, Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, 5 Lighting Modes with 7 Brightness Levels, Touch Control, White, 12W, Philips EnabLED Licensing Program Review:


I'm very sensitive to off-white lights and to flourescents/incadescents. LEDs are awesome but it's hard to find really good, clean LED lamps for a good price. This is one.

The Good: Bright. Bright bright BRIGHT. At full bright, it's a bit painful to look right at the bulbs directly, and the color is a brilliant 6000K+ white. Can I rate it officially? No. But it compares favorably with my very expensive 6500K CFLs, and the emitter is rated for 410L, though I think it gets perhaps a bit less than that; probably 400 lumens if the LEDs were all focused in one spot, though. There's an array of LEDs in a line behind an opaque screen- there are no weird dark spots or faded areas and you can only really see them if you're making an effort to look up into the hood. It's a brilliant and consistent oval of light. The arm rotates up and down, forward and back, and pivots left and right, so it's effortless to get it to illuminate a large desk. It gives you at least 24" of reach over center from the base of the arm, and it won't fall over no matter how you position it, though it might lean if you get really creative about angles and elevation. You've got a 1-10 scale for brightness that is touch-sensitive and scales very nicely from soft to full illumination- you can leave it one 1 for mood lighting or gradually bring it to 10 for reading, or turn it off entirely. The one-touch option for turning the light temperature from white to yellow is a very nice touch for reading in the evening without being kept up overlate by the white LEDs. The DC adapter is colored to go with it, and as a nice bonus touch, there's a USB port behind the stem for charging phones or other devices. The manual suggests it's a 5V/1.2A, which is a 'standard' USB 2.0 power level for charging almost any device safely, if slowly. It feels well made and the hinges are quite and tight-fitted so there's no slop or creaking. The use of aluminum here and there gives it a very polished and sturdy feel. You can shut the LED stem when not in use so it's just a vertical white stick, giving it a streamlined look; you can fold the base flat against the arm for easier storage. The best zone for reading with the LED's parallel to the base is about 18" away from center.

The Bad: The base could be a little heavier/stickier so that it doesn't move when you adjust the light angle, and it'd be nice if the DC adapter was 'nested' somewhat so it wasn't so protrusive looking. It is off-center from the base, too, so it feels like an afterthought. The packaging, while nice, was way, way excessive; it's packed in dense, non-recyclable foam and there's no reason to have a sturdy plastic handle built into the box. I'd really prefer to get this shipped in more eco-friendly materials.

Improvements: Adding in a removeable filter might appeal to some people; making the base stickier so it won't flex or wiggle would be nice, too. The base could be a V-shape instead of a circle, so it folds even flatter and lower profile. Finally, the DC adapter really should be hidden slightly under the base, the exposed cord outlet is a bit against the otherwise aesthetically pleasing lines.

TL;DR: It's an awesome light. Plain and simple. It's not a brassy ornamental thing; it's functional and well priced, and it happens to be nice to look at with nice metal touches. Perfect for a home office, for a guest room, anywhere that doesn't need to be 'on display'. Two of them easily illuminates a 4' work desk well enough to read easily at night.



TaoTronics TT-DL13B LED Desk Lamp Eye-caring Table Lamps, Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, Touch Control, 12W, 5 Color Modes, Philips EnabLED Licensing Program (Black) Review:


I'm very sensitive to off-white lights and to flourescents/incadescents. LEDs are awesome but it's hard to find really good, clean LED lamps for a good price. This is one.

The Good: Bright. Bright bright BRIGHT. At full bright, it's a bit painful to look right at the bulbs directly, and the color is a brilliant 6000K+ white. Can I rate it officially? No. But it compares favorably with my very expensive 6500K CFLs, and the emitter is rated for 410L, though I think it gets perhaps a bit less than that; probably 400 lumens if the LEDs were all focused in one spot, though. There's an array of LEDs in a line behind an opaque screen- there are no weird dark spots or faded areas and you can only really see them if you're making an effort to look up into the hood. It's a brilliant and consistent oval of light. The arm rotates up and down, forward and back, and pivots left and right, so it's effortless to get it to illuminate a large desk. It gives you at least 24" of reach over center from the base of the arm, and it won't fall over no matter how you position it, though it might lean if you get really creative about angles and elevation. You've got a 1-10 scale for brightness that is touch-sensitive and scales very nicely from soft to full illumination- you can leave it one 1 for mood lighting or gradually bring it to 10 for reading, or turn it off entirely. The one-touch option for turning the light temperature from white to yellow is a very nice touch for reading in the evening without being kept up overlate by the white LEDs. The DC adapter is colored to go with it, and as a nice bonus touch, there's a USB port behind the stem for charging phones or other devices. The manual suggests it's a 5V/1.2A, which is a 'standard' USB 2.0 power level for charging almost any device safely, if slowly. It feels well made and the hinges are quite and tight-fitted so there's no slop or creaking. The use of aluminum here and there gives it a very polished and sturdy feel. You can shut the LED stem when not in use so it's just a vertical white stick, giving it a streamlined look; you can fold the base flat against the arm for easier storage. The best zone for reading with the LED's parallel to the base is about 18" away from center.

The Bad: The base could be a little heavier/stickier so that it doesn't move when you adjust the light angle, and it'd be nice if the DC adapter was 'nested' somewhat so it wasn't so protrusive looking. It is off-center from the base, too, so it feels like an afterthought. The packaging, while nice, was way, way excessive; it's packed in dense, non-recyclable foam and there's no reason to have a sturdy plastic handle built into the box. I'd really prefer to get this shipped in more eco-friendly materials.

Improvements: Adding in a removeable filter might appeal to some people; making the base stickier so it won't flex or wiggle would be nice, too. The base could be a V-shape instead of a circle, so it folds even flatter and lower profile. Finally, the DC adapter really should be hidden slightly under the base, the exposed cord outlet is a bit against the otherwise aesthetically pleasing lines.

TL;DR: It's an awesome light. Plain and simple. It's not a brassy ornamental thing; it's functional and well priced, and it happens to be nice to look at with nice metal touches. Perfect for a home office, for a guest room, anywhere that doesn't need to be 'on display'. Two of them easily illuminates a 4' work desk well enough to read easily at night.



TaoTronics Portable LED Desk Lamp, Dimmable Small Desk Lamp with Touch Control 5 Lighting Modes, Memory Function for Living Room Office Bedroom, Black Review:


 This was perfect for what I wanted m. I want something to put on my desk to give me light when I was working. I didn't want something super bright. But I do sometimes sit at my desk and put on my make up which is when I do want bright light. Yet gives white light yellow white get dims which is awesome. The features on this lamp are exactly why I gave it 5 stars. Also it bins so I can move it anyway I want.



TW Lighting IVY-40BK The IVY LED Desk Lamp with USB Port, 3-Way Touch Switch, Black Review:


I need a couple lamps because it's so dark in my house that it makes it difficult to see whatever artwork or project I'm working on.
I wanted something inexpensive, easy to use with one finger (when painting for example, using my pinky finger to turn on or increase brightness) and very bright. Bonus would be easy to clean up.
This met all requirements so well that I will be ordering a second one. Three brightness levels, easy to clean surface, the neck is easy to reposition yet sturdy enough to maintain that position. Inexpensive!!! For such a small lamp it puts off a lot of light. It illuminates my kitchen, dining area and family room by itself.
I've nothing negative to say about it. It's been used daily since it arrived. So for roughly a month of use its been great. Should something change I will update this review 😁



TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Flexible Gooseneck Table Lamp, 5 Color Temperatures with 7 Brightness Levels, Touch Control, Memory Function, 7W, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program Review:


I’m going to review the questions I had about this lamp when I bought it.

This lamp is so reasonably priced I was afraid it might look cheap, but it doesn’t at all. The lamp head and the base are a shiny black hard plastic and the goose neck is covered in a nice smooth rubber coating.

I was so frustrated with my current bedside lamp, I couldn’t turn it on without stretching real far. My new desk lamps on and off switch is at the base of the lamp which makes it so convenient I only have to move my hand over to reach it (I'm adding a photo of my night stand with the old lamp next to the new one).

The lamp is pretty light, yet it stands up well without tipping over unless you rotate the goose neck to the side, then it gets off balance, but there’s no need to do that since you can easily turn the whole lamp. The goose neck rotates the head backwards and the lamp maintains perfect balance that way as well. There are rubber discs on the bottom to keep the lamp from sliding too easily.

This lamp is about 14” high. The light is bright enough to make reading in bed easy but the light is concentrated enough not to bother my husband next to me (see photo).

I love the easy to dim feature, it makes getting up in the middle of the night much nicer since I can turn on the dim light and not disturb my husband. Making it brighter is easy too, you just slide your finger across the base to gradually dim or brighten the light. Or you can tap it to one of 6 settings along the dashes - - - - - printed on the base.

The lamp needed no assembly other than plugging in the power adapter. It is not battery powered, which is something I wondered. There is a booklet included in the box with info on the lamp and a contact phone number, website and email address for the manufacturer in case there are questions (yay).

I saw questions about using this lamp in an art studio. I’m an artist so I can address some of those questions. It doesn’t sit very high or put light out in a large range, but for close up work it would be great. For a small painting I wouldn’t hesitate to use it, to me it’s close to the spectrum light I use in my studio now, it doesn’t put out too much blue or too much yellow.

There is no way to change the bulb but the book says the light will last “up to 50,000 hours”.

Over all I’m very happy with this as a bedside lamp and I know it would make a great desk lamp. I may get another to use in my studio when I am doing small works of art because I can move it around to get shadows out of my way.



LEPOWER Metal Desk Lamp, Eye-Caring Table Lamp, Study Lamps with Flexible Goose Neck for Bedroom and Office (Sandy Black) Review:


*Update
I ordered another one for the living room, it looks used, it’s scuffed up and has a gouge in the metal. I’m disappointed, but it’s functional and not worth the hassle of returning and reordering. I’ll just minus a star from my original review.

This is a really nice quality lamp for the price, I was happily surprised. I stuck this behind our bedroom TV with a philips hue color bulb and have it connected to a motion sensor for when we get up at night to give us a little bit of light.
This would make a great desk light for a kids room, it’s very sturdy and feels like it could handle some abuse. The gooseneck is very bendable and stays in place. It feels very solidly built.
I have since purchased another one for the living room since it’s still on sale. I’m going to buy another (at least one, maybe a couple) after we move into a bigger place.



CeSunlight Clamp Desk Lamp, Clip on Reading Light, 3000-6500K Adjustable Color Temperature, 6 Illumination Modes, 10 Led Beads, AC Adapter and USB Cord Included (Black) Review:


At first, to me it's not bright enough. I have a $5 Walmart desk lamp that is much brighter. But it grows on me. And I learn to appreciate what it has to offer. It has flexible neck which is easy to adjust and hug enough for my use, a 2-leveled brightness and 3 light modes setting.

WHAT I LOVE: -Comes with options and user-friendly. The desk lamp comes with a clamp. But also a flat base just in case you want to put it on your desk, which is my case because I like to move my laptop around, so the lamp follows me as well. And not always you have a suitable place to clamp your lamp :)

-Also you can power the lamp by plugging it to the wall or connect it to your laptop (which I actually do most of the time for portability)

-Light enough to carry with you every where. Sometimes I bring it with me to the library because some spot at the corner isn't bright enough. It fits inside my bookbag just fine.

WHAT I DISLIKE: The build is on the cheap side. Its control feels like cheap plastic.

WHAT I DISLIKE MOST: Mine for some reason makes the humming static noise when plugging in using the usb spot on my laptop. When you work quietly, it becomes very noticeable and it annoys me since it's right next to my face. Wonder if it will affect the longevity of the lamp.

OVERALL: Good price, good light. Don't mind purchase again.



Rechargeable Clip On Reading Light, Wellnest Cordless Portable Clip On Lights, Day Light Reading with Adjustable Lightness, Flexible 360° USB Lamp for Home Book Bed and Computer Review:


This lamp is great. It charges using a USB cable, same one as my phone. You can clip it or stand it anywhere. Its the perfect amount of light when you just want a little light and it has 3 settings. It helps me wind down at night by having just a small amount of light on but the 3rd setting is pretty bright. I'm going to order a couple more to have around the house. I can even carry it around with me where ever I'm sitting. The price is right and its made well. Its not a cheap piece of garbage. I hope it lasts a long time!