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With a large range of desk lamps on the market, you want to be sure that you’re choosing the very best. Learn more about the benefits and features of desk lamps and then check out our top picks of the best desk lamps available.

Desk lamps — they’re more important than you think. Everyone has one, but do you have the best desk lamp for your work environment? Desk lamps have made a few leaps and bounds along with many other electronics in the last five years. You have now lamps that enable you to customize your lighting and brightness to the time of day or even your mood. Plus those lamp models with Qi charging pads built right in are sure nice!

Benefits of Owning a ‘Smart’ Desk Lamp

Alright, so this may seem fairly obvious. You own a desk lamp so you can see when you’re working at your desk. You’ll want to consider just what kind of effect you’re going for with your lamp, however.

If you have a large computer at your desk that provides enough light on its own (which it may not! consider the eye strain) then perhaps your desk lamp is more for decorative purposes. You also may be using it to benefit from a little mood lighting. You may not rely on it entirely as your light source, but it does help brighten up the room when you flip that switch.

Or, you could be using your lamp as a task light, doing some old-fashioned writing or reading. And when you get a desk lamp, you can also put a smart light bulb in it.

What To Look for When Shopping for Desk Lamps

Example of Modern Desk Lamp
Example of a Modern Desk Lamp

What to look for all comes down to what task you’re looking to do. We’ll show you the light when it comes to selecting one. You want a lamp that’s easy on the eyes. And also one that’s literally easy on the eyes — some lighting is better for your eyesight than others, so you’re also going to want to make sure you’ve got the best desk lamp for your eyes as well.

Creating an Atmosphere

You may not be an interior designer, but you know that good lighting makes a room look good. Coordinate your lamp’s light with other floor lamps or overhead lights in the room. Create the mood you’re going for by layering different kinds of light, be it natural or colored, from other lamps you have in the room. You can have a white light, or a more muted tone if you want a softer look in your room. Also, consider the strain you’re putting on your eyes when looking at your phone and computer screen all day. LED lamps are usually the best desk lamps for eyes, and help to reduce the strain when needing light.

Example of Vintage Desk Lamp
Example of Vintage Desk Lamp

Matching the Decor

Of course, you’re going to want a lamp that fits in just right with the theme you’ve already got going on in your home. If your room is more modern, you might want to go for more of a sleek and compact look to fit with the existing decorations. You can opt for a classic, Victorian-style theme that ties into the room. It’s important to get just the right fit for your desk as well. Perhaps you need a taller lamp to fit over your computer if you’re strained for space. Or a shorter, stockier choice if you have the room.

8 Best Desk Lamps of 2020

Once you’ve got a better idea of what you’re looking for in a desk lamp, you’re going to want to go shopping. Here are some of the best desk lamps that you can find, without even having to leave your house.

1. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Fast Wireless Charger

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Fast Wireless Charger

This lamp is perfect for anyone who needs to move around a lot because it’s fully rotatable and swivels. It has five color modes. Whether your sleeping, reading, studying or relaxing, you can quickly adjust the setting to your mood. You’ll love all the lighting options (seven brightness levels total), and it fits in most places, especially because the color of the light can be adjusted.

The brilliant part of this desk lamp is the Hyperair technology built into the Qi charging pad. Hyperair is essentially an intelligent chip that monitors and adjusts the charging temperature getting your device the fastest charge possible. The advanced internal structure of this chip disperses heat 15% faster and more effectively.

2. BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp

BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp World's First Desk Lamp for Monitors

Although it has a high price tag, this desk lamp is worth it when it comes to the ergonomic design. It automatically adjusts to the light levels in the room and puts off just the right light needed to not harm your eyes. The LED lighting is flicker-free and comes in a unique curved shape that gives you the best lighting range possible.

The LED bulbs BenQ stocks this lamp model with actually lasts over 50,000 hours (about 17 years with an average of 8 hours of usage per day). That helps the BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp land in the “buy it for life” echelon of products and makes it our pick for the best office desk lamp.

3. V-LIGHT Banker’s Desk Task Lamp

V-LIGHT Banker's Desk Task Lamp

This lamp gives any room a traditional vibe with its stunning finish and ornate decorations hence falling into the banker’s desk lamp category. Can’t you picture it in Gringotts Bank? Jokes aside, it is a beautiful desk lamp. It comes in many different shades so you can mix and match it until you find the one that best fits your room, and also has a very reasonable price tag. People love how easy it is to put together and how well it fits into their reading and workspaces.

4. Brightech Grace LED USB Lamp

Brightech Grace LED USB Bedside Table & Desk Lamp

Not only does this lamp give you a soft, warm glow with a fabric lampshade, but it also provides a USB plug-in wherever you decide to place it. That’s an extra, convenient place to plug in your devices or charge your phone. It’s energy-saving and made out of solid wood. It’s also small enough to fit in tight spaces, but still gives out a healthy portion of light. This is one of our top picks for the best desk lamp for home offices.

5. BenQ ScreenBar with Dial

benq screenbar desk lamps

We’ve been fortunate enough to give this next desk lamp a hands-on review, and see how it does in a true working environment. Being someone who spends a lot of time in front of the computer (sometimes well into the night) I looked forward to testing out a solution to lighting that would take up virtually no room on my desk. Smart Home was supplied the product in exchange for a review. This is only a service we provide for reputable brands. You can read more about our policies on our About Page.

What’s In The Box

The product consists if 3 pieces. The control dial and wire, the mounting piece, and the ScreenBar itself. Getting the lamp out was simple and assembling was a breeze. 

cool light
Personal Set up with BenQ’s Screen Bar

What We Love

-The Mounting Piece

The mounting unit is comprised of a counterweight, meaning it simply has to be set on the top of your monitor and the weight does all of the work for you. No tightening or adjusting is necessary besides simply moving it around to the desired position. This also means that removing it is just as easy. It has a low profile and doesn’t even block the webcam on my Mac Monitor- yet it’s strong enough I don’t worry about it falling.

benq dial

-The Dial

There is an edition of this lamp without an adjustable dial. I strongly suggest splurging and making sure it is included. The dial controls dimming, and light hue- taking the setting from warm to cool.


The Auto-Adjust feature is especially handy. Simply click it and the sensor on the dial adjusts the warmth and brightness accordingly.

What We Like

-Warm Light or Cool Light

As you can see from the photos above, there is quite a large difference between the warm and cool light setting. I work much better in warm light, as cool light tends to strain my eyes better. It’s an amazing difference!

-Virtually No Footprint. The dial is smaller than my mouse.

I use a lot of notebooks when I work. Combined with my coffee and water bottle that doesn’t leave a lot of room for other items. Having a desk lamp with virtually no footprint is a great feature.

-USB powered.

-The angle of light doesn’t get on my screen

What We Wish Was Different

-There’s not a whole lot to complain about. It works as advertised.

-We would love to see a battery-powered option for on the go (wireless) and perhaps a smaller version for laptops.

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6. WILIT T3 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
WILIT T3 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

This desk lamp looks like the desk lamp from the future, and that’s because it essentially is. It has a touch control dimmer, a colorful mood lighting setting, and a base that can change colors according to preference. It’s a great price for what you get, doesn’t have to be plugged in, and fits just about anywhere. It is our pick for the best-LED desk lamp.

7. Phive LED Desk Lamp with Clamp
Phive LED Desk Lamp with Metal Swing Arm

This is a great lamp if you want to get some serious work done — it clamps onto your desk and swivels and swings to get you just the lighting you’re looking for. A great space-saving option as it consumes minimal desk real estate. It’s adjustable by the percentage of light you want to use, and you can keep your personal settings stored when you find the brightness you like best.

8. AUKEY Table Touch Sensor Lamp
AUKEY Table and Desk Lamp

With this lamp, you can cycle through a huge selection of colors until you decide on the one you like, or have it cycle through on its own like a slideshow. It’s perfect for small spaces and is touch-activated, so it’s fun to use as well. It’s also dimmable, so you can have a more muted color show.

9. V-LIGHT 1 Energy Saving Desk Task Lamp
V-LIGHT 1 Energy Saving Desk Task Lamp

You’ll get an updated take on an old classic when you choose to opt for this desk lamp. It has an adjustable metal gooseneck and is just tall enough to be the perfect fit for a medium-sized space. You can go wrong when you choose it, and it’s perfectly functional and stylish at the same time.

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