Looking for a modern desk lamp that is highly functional while giving your space a stylish, contemporary look?
Search no further than this OTUS baby.
- Bright, dimmable, adjustable color temp
- Touchless control
- Flexible arm and head
- Compatible with clamp
- Stylish, modern look
- Not compatible with vintage decors
The OTUS is an architecture desk lamp with a traditional structure: a round base, a flexible arm, and a round shade. And yet the smart construction makes it look like a lamp from the future.
The lamp comes in a very sleek, shiny metal finish. Along the body and the base are some plastic parts smartly allocated at places you’re most likely touch. I really appreciate this feature, as it’s no fun if you accidentally touch the cold metal while using it! The metal and plastic parts are in silver and black, beautifully combined together to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the lamp.
Now to the coolest feature of the baby: it can be controlled using hand gestures! The sensitive movement sensor allows you to get the light on and off with a wave in the air. It even remembers your last light mode and sets itself into the mode as it’s turned on. You don’t have to lift a finger.
If you wish to adjust the brightness and color temperature, the changes can be make via touch sensors placed along the arm. There are 12 levels of light intensity and 3 different color modes for your choice. I love how modern lamps are so versatile.
For the desired light area and intensity, adjust the height of the lamp by bending or stretching its flexi arm. It could reach up to 24 inches, and at a maximum intensity of 1200 lux, can easily cover your whole table. Light angle is in your full control too, with a twistable head.
Just as it looks, the OTUS feels solid and robust. It’s not too heavy (5.7 pounds), but the smart design allows it to maintain balance even when wildly bent. The joints are firm, keeping the lamp stable where you put it. The base is not too large, but if you want to save even more space on the desk, you can get a separate clamp for $9.
The beautiful design of this lamp makes it a perfect gift for your family, friends or co-workers. It works more than efficiently, and looks much fancier than its cost. Just remember to check the decor around their desk – the lamp may look out-of-place in a vintage setting.
5. WILIT U2 – Best Small Desk Lamp
If you’re up for a lamp that fits on your small desk or bedside table, a multifunctional lamp that helps create a neat, clean working space, look no further than this WILIT baby.
- Solid, sturdy
- Compact, space efficient
- Energy efficient
- Luxurious look and feel
- Displays time and temperature
- Alarm clock
- Only one color temperature
This lamp is made to work in the most confined spaces – it’s extremely compact with dimensions of 3.5 x 2.5 x 19.5 inches. Note that while very slim, it is taller than your laptop and won’t obstruct your view. If you want to change the light angle, however, its neck is foldable within an angle of 150 degree.
Despite the humble size, the lamp is quite impressive in functions. It illuminates at 200 lumens, and a CRI of 80 – which translate into crisp, sharp light. With 25 LED bulbs, it’s not the type to brighten up an entire room, but nevertheless offers more than sufficient light for you to do basic office work at your desk. You can actually use it without additional light sources for an hour or two. If you’re planning to use it for long hours, however, some background light might be necessary to prevent eye fatigue.
Cool thing is that the light is dimmable with 3 intensity levels. That can be quite useful if you’re working late into the night and want a soft light to read with without disturbing other people. The lamp also comes with an alarm clock, another reason it would make a useful item on your bedside table. It’d be a perfect if it had yellow bulbs (I’m a bit obsessed with color temperature), but then again you can’t ask for that much with a lamp its size.
On the front of its body is a VA screen, whose brightness is adjustable. It is where the temperature is displayed (both in Celsius and Fahrenheit), together with the time and date. It’s crisp and clear, and the numbers are big enough for you to see from afar. Since it comes with built-in battery, the display works even when power is off, which is pretty nice.
This lamp is loved not only for its portability and functionality. Its appearance is pretty amazing too. It looks much fancier than the price of $29.99, with a leather-like shell and some sleek metal finish at the base and the head. The dark coffee color and nice sewing lines also add to the luxurious look. Even without all the extra features, it’s still a very nice item to put on your table.
The verdict? Go for it if you want a smart small lamp that not only gives off quality light but also saves space on your desk by working as a clock, a thermometer, and a decorative object.
A desk lamp for highly detailed work should be at least two things: very bright, and have magnifying feature. This Brightech is one of, if not the best lamps you could find with those two qualities.
- Bright, crisp light
- Durable, energy efficient LEDs
- Clear 2.25X magnifying lens
- Flexible body
- Solid, sturdy
- Baseless, space efficient
- Clamps open to 2.5 inches
The Brightech Lightview Pro is super bright. It has 56 miniature LED bulbs distributed in a circle, which boast to last 100,000 hours. (That’s more than 30 years if you use the lamp 8 hours a day every day. We can’t confirm yet if they can really stay around for that long, though).
This group of bulbs emit light with an intensity of 650 lumens, more than enough to bring every tiny detail of what you’re working on into view. In the center of the circle of LEDs is a lens, with a diameter of 5 inches. The lens is made of clear high quality glass, and has a magnification power of 2.25.
With this lens, you won’t even have to wear your reading glasses when sewing, knitting, or carving on the jewelries. It magnifies well, and things appear through the lens crystal clear. I personally don’t do any work that requires the lens, but I imagine this is extremely useful for people who work on things with mini details. Or people like my mom who has difficulty reading the small printed newspapers. There is a plastic cap that you can use to cover the lens to protect it from scratches and dust when you’re not using it.
Now to the body of the lamp. It’s flexible, with joints and swivels you can bend and twist at the head, the arm, and where the body and the clamp meet. This ensures you can pivot the light to the exact angle and position you need it. With a long arm (32 inches or 81cm in total), the lamp promises to bring the magnifying lens to the height you need, even if you’re 6.6 feet tall.
Despite the flexibility, the Lightview Pro is very stable and sturdy. It’s pretty heavy (7.5 pounds or 3.5kg) for a baseless lamp, and feels completely solid. It’s tight where needed, and stays exactly where you put it. The clamp opens to 2.5 inches (6.35cm), easily holding on to your thick table or desk.
The only thing I would like to add to this lamp is the dimmability, so I have more choices of the brightness. The feature can be found on its larger version, the Brightech LightView Pro floor lamp, which also has various light color choices, but is unavailable on the desk lamp.
Nevertheless, without the dimmable feature, this is still an amazing task desk lamp with its crisp, bright light, clear magnifying lens, and flexible but stable arm. And if anything, it also comes with a 3 years warranty.
If you want a high quality LED desk lamp for studying without spending a large chunk of your stipend, TaoTronics is offering this amazing product for $30.
- Bright, crisp light
- Multiple brightness and color temperatures
- Adjustable body
- Responsive touch control
- Affordable price
- Durable, energy-efficient LEDs
- Plain look
- Doesn’t remember last setting
- USB port takes long to charge
I have to say that this is not the kind of fancy gadgets that will decorate your working space. It looks simple and not exactly sleek or shiny. It’s more well-built for the functionality than it is for aesthetic purposes.
The lamp offers crisp, stable, and flicker-free light. And as typical of TaoTronics lamps, it comes with 7 levels of brightness and 5 different color temperatures. This makes it very easy on the eyes, as you can conveniently adjust the light among the 35 different settings until they feel comfy and satisfied. All of the settings can be done via the very responsive touch controls on the base.
Thanks to the various light modes, the lamp is extremely versatile. You can have the full intensity mode on with the whitest light color for enhanced concentration when studying during the day, when there is background lighting. At night, when your roommates have gone to bed, you can still keep reading with a lower brightness mode and a warmer temperature.
One thing, however, the lamp doesn’t remembers its last setting. If you always use it at a particular mode that is not its default mode, this could be a little inconvenient. Of course you can remember your favorite, but it would still be better if you don’t have to set it again every time you turn it on.
To ensure the right light angle and prevent glare, the TaoTronics comes with a flexible body. There are three places you can twist and turn to adjust the angle and distance: the head, the neck, and where the arm joins the base.
The lamp is made out of plastic and aluminum alloy, resulting in its lightweightness (2.5 pounds). Since it’s not the most solid and heavy, you may need to use one hand to keep it in place while you stretch it. This is not something I’m going to complain about, however. The compactness and lightweightness of the base makes it easier to move around whenever I reorganize the desk, which I do very often.
You may notice that there is an integrated USB charging port on the base. It takes quite long to charge and is not the best option if you need your device full fast. Nevertheless, it’s still a very nice bonus when you’re studying for long hours and want to charge your phone without moving to find the socket.