The Best LED Desk Lamp – 2017 Guide
Finding the right lighting for your office is super important. Whether you are looking for the brightest desk lamp, or the one with a lot of features and functionality like the TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, there are a lot of options to choose from. We sort through 7 of our favorites in this post to try and find the best LED Desk Lamp, so that you don’t have to!
Since you are already here, you probably already know the benefits of using LED lights, instead of other types of light. But just in case you’re not familiar, here is a quick 2 ½ minute video that will explain how powerful LED lights are. This is why we think that they are a great choice for a desk lamp.
Now that you are caught up on the benefits of LED lights, let’s get to the work of finding the best LED desk lamp for your office.
The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is one of the most popular LED desk lamps that we came across in our research. And for good reason. This LED desk lamp is very energy efficient, boasting a reduction in energy spending by 75%. The lamp is dimmable with 7 different levels of brightness. The colors of the light are adjustable from blue and yellow light. This is helpful, so you are not always dealing with a super white light, that can at times be quite blinding.
This particular TaoTronics model offers a very sleek and modern design.
The arm on this lamp is rotatable, and made from durable plastic and aluminum alloy, making it durable and functional. The head on the lamp can rotate 90 degrees left or right (this is the total range, so actually about 45 degrees in either direction) or 135 degrees up or down, giving you lots of range in shedding light, without actually moving the lamp itself.
On the downside, the base of the lamp is very light. So while you can rotate the arm and head of the lamp quite a bit, you will need to probably use both hands to rotate it, rather than being able to just grab the arm and swing it.
For the overall price, functionality and performance, the TaoTronics leads the pack for best LED desk lamp in our opinion.
We rate the Amebay LED Desk Lamp as highly as we have due to it’s unique LCD display on the arm of the lamp. The LCD function includes a digital clock, date and temperature. While this is certainly not a prerequisite for a good LED desk lamp, it is a really neat feature that we appreciate.
The lamp comes with 3 color temperatures available in warm white, natural white, and cold white. There are 5 brightness levels, ranging from 20% to 100% for various brightness needs. The wattage on this lamp is incredibly low at only 4 watts too, and has an expected lifespan of more than 30,000 hours.
One of the other features that we really liked about the Amebay is the ability to fold into itself. Because of hinges at the base, and at the arm, the lamp can be folded and put away for easy storage when it’s not in use.
There are a couple of complaints that some users have had. For one, the battery pack for the clock and other LCD functions is lacking. This obviously can cause some issues. Another problem that some users have shared is the brightness on the display. There is no way to dim it, so it can be a little bright.
This TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is typically a little bit pricier than the other options we’ve looked at so far. It features a full metal body though, and a slightly more sturdy look than many of the other lamps we’ve seen. It comes with 5 color modes, and 6 brightness levels.
As we’ve seen with some of the other options, it includes a USB port for charging other devices, as well as multiple hinges for getting just the right tilt you need.
Other features include Your Favorite Light (allowing you to press a single button to set and activate your favorite color/brightness setting), 60-minute timer and night light. The light uses 12 watts. In addition to tilting 180 degrees at both the base and lamp head, this lamp can be adjusted up and down 120 degrees at the pivot point, and 145 degrees at the base.
This lamp is definitely one of the nicer looking lamps we’ve seen, but it does have a few flaws that we’ve seen from various users. These may be deal breakers for you, but maybe not. For one thing, some users have reported a very high pitched noise that you can hear when the brightness is turned way up. Not all users have registered this issue, so it may just be some folks more sensitive to it than others.
One other complaint of note is for a desire for more lighting options. This is one we’ve seen with many desk lamps, so depending on your needs, it may not be an issue at all. Overall, this is a very attractive and highly functional LED desk lamp.
It comes built with 4 lighting modes; reading, study, relax, and sleep. It is nice to have these options built into the lamp, without needing to set them yourself. The lamp uses 14 watts and has an expected life of 50,000 hours!
Another great feature to this TaoTronics option is the USB Charging that it allows for. With this lamp, you can plug in your iPhone or Android phone while you use it, without needing another outlet. Additionally, this lamp features a 1 hour auto-off timer, making it easy for you to conserve even more energy than you already are by using an LED lamp.
The lamp arm on this light can rotate up to 140 degrees, while the base can swivel by 180 degrees, giving you quite a bit of range for shedding the light you need.
A couple of complaints that we’ve seen from users include the need for maybe one more brightness setting, as well as lacking the ability to swivel or rotate the lamp head. Most users have not found these to be big issues though, especially at the price point that this TaoTronics desk lamp comes in at.
With this next option, Etekcity checks in with a really nice desk lamp for you to consider. It comes with a very minimalist touch screen, featuring brightness adjustment, and 4 color temperature modes. The modes are reading, study, relax and selep. The light features 5 adjustable brightness levels for each of the modes.
Instead of the favorite setting function we’ve seen with other options, the Etekcity has a Memory Function, which remembers the last mode and brightness level you selected. This is nice if you plan on using it the same way each time, but not ideal if you’ll be using it at different settings for different activities.
As with others we’ve seen, it includes a USB port for charging your smartphone, tablet or other electronic device while you work. The Etekcity checks in at a super low 11 watts.
A couple of things that we really like about this lamp are: it’s got a good heavy base, and is quite sturdy, the USB works whether the light is on or off, and the setup is super easy. A couple of downsides are the height is maybe a little bit short for a desk lamp, not the greatest range of motion compared to some of the other options, and the USB port is only 1 amp, so it takes quite a while to charge anything, if it does at all.
TaoTronics checking in with another design on our list of best LED desk lamps. This one looks quite a bit different than the others we’ve seen so far. I would say the best word to describe this desk lamp is ‘minimalist’. If you are looking for something with a super low profile, and may very well match the look of your laptop, this is a good option.
The lamp has an ultra-thin aluminum alloy body and features a 145 degree swivel at the base, and 135 degree up and down angle at the arm. Like many of the other lamps we’ve seen, this one offers 5 color temperatures and 5 brightness levels for each of the temperatures. It also has the memory function for your favorite of the 25 settings, as we’ve seen with other options as well.
Most users have been very happy with this lamp, due to the high quality that it provides at a very reasonable price. A common complaint (which we see with many of these LED desk lamps) is that the blue light indicator that stays on all of the time, can be a little bothersome at night. Another issue that we’ve seen users share is that the range of the light is a little narrow, due to the design of the lamp head.
But overall, most users are very happy with the desk lamp!
The last LED desk lamp we’ll take a look at today is the V-Light. This lamp has a slightly different style than the other we’ve looked at so far. It is also another one I would categorize as minimalist.
While it doesn’t boast added features like an LCD display for a clock, weather or date, or a USB port for charging, it does have a wide range. Due to the 3 point adjustable arm and shade, this LED lamp allows for a max reach of 28 inches.
The weighted base on this option is enough to keep it from tipping, but it is relatively light, so you won’t be able to just swing the lamp around, without moving the entire thing. Another drawback is that it is not dimmable.
While this lamp does not provide as many of the bells and whistles as the others we’ve discussed above, it’s users are very happy with the overall light that it does provide.