LED Desk lamp Review & Comparison 2018
Top 8: The best desk lamps overviewed
- LED Desk lamps Comparison
Modern and efficient lighting for desks
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a home office, at home or in a nursery, a desk lamp is always required. A proper light for reading, writing, for working at a computer or for other hobbies is essential. The quality of the lamps plays an important role. A desk lamp disburdens the eyes and makes working comfortable and efficient.
Concerning the functionality, modern lamps include a lot of possibilities to adapt the lighting to one’s own individual needs. A LED desk lamp offers even more advantages which cannot be found at other kinds of lamps. One of the arguments that is most convincing is the low power consumption. A desk lamp is mostly turned on for several hours a day. The high energy efficiency and the long life span become noticeable.
The low development of heat of a desk lamp is also relevant. The lamp won’t heat up. On the one hand it is more comfortable to work on, on the other hand it is especially safe – you cannot burn yourself with a LED light. Furthermore, desk lamps that run with LEDs don’t need any lampshades. It enables modern shapes of lamps where functionality and a chic design come together. Just like the three products of our selection of the best LED desk lamps.
The LED Desk lamps comparison TaoTronics, TaoTronics, AUKEY, TaoTronics, TaoTronics, TaoTronics, LAMPAT and Etekcity
White TaoTronics TT-DL19 Daylight lamp
|max. luminance||450 lumens|
|Color temperature||300 K, 3.500 K, 4.000 K, 5.000 K & 6.000 K|
1229 Amazon.com clients
The scope of delivery does not only include the TaoTronics DL 19 lamp but also a power pack with a 61 inches long cable, a microfiber cloth. and an instruction manual. The design is kept modern and minimalist with white plastics on the hinges and dull aluminium on the links. It reminds a bit of the classic apple design. The pedestal is circular, very flat and includes a gumming to keep scratches aways from the table board on the bottom side.
The hinge between the foot and arm can be adjusted back and forth for about 135°, as well as the hinge between the arm and head. The lamp is not rotatable. Is the arm of the lamp moved too far to the back, the lamp will tip over despite the big pedestal. The flexibility of the hinge unfortunately cannot be utilized, so it is not coherent why it can tilt over so widely.
The handling happens intuitively with an control panel on the lamp stand with the help of three sensors. One is to switch on and off, another one is to regulate the modes of colors and the third one is to regulate the luminance. On the standby mode, there is quite a bright blue light on the on-off switch. According to reviews by customers on amazon, that the luminance delimits the use of the lamp as a bedside lamp. But then again, the switch is easier to find at night. It is up to everybody’s own decision what is important.
The light panel takes the bigger part of the head of the lamp but spreads a very pleasant light and all the modes of the colors illuminate in quite the same brightness. It seems as if all LEDs change colors when the mode is switched. Some customers report that the lamp is too bright for them in order to be used as a desk lamp at a workplace. 400 lumens are rather economical compared to other lamps by TaoTronics. The USB port is located on the back side of the lamp stand provides one ampere.
TaoTronics LED The white candelabra summarized
- modern design
- pretty light diffusion
- easy handling
- not rotatable
- tilting danger backwards
- lighting on on-off switch very bright
High TaoTronics TT-DL10 Stella S3
|max. luminance||600 lumens|
|Color temperature||3.000 K, 4.000 K, 5.000 K & 6.000 K|
882 Amazon.com clients
Stella S3 is a model by TaoTronics and is delivered in a handy box with a carry handle, an instruction manual, a 60 inches long power pack and a microfiber cloth. In contrast to all the other products that were tested here, the montage with this lamp starts with the stand. The scope of delivery also includes an installation wrench. The body of the lamp is made of dull and black plastic, the screws of the links are made of metal.
The pedestal is quite big and heavy with its diameter of 7.8 inches. The bottom side is gummed to prevent scratches on the desk and to have a steady hold. The lamp reaches a maximal height of 35 inches and is the highest one in our test. She is divided in four links, the pedestal, a short arm of the lamp, a longer one and a lamp head with LED lamps. The short arm on the pedestal can be twisted to the left and right in a 90° angle. There is an adjustable hinge embedded between the short and long arm which can be moved in a 90° angle. An additional hinge is located between the arm of the lamp and the lamp head. It can be adjusted back and forth in a 140° angle. The head lamp can additionally be twisted to the left and right in a 90° angle. Unfortunately, the lamp is a bit unsteady and the hinges in particular seem to be beat-up which has the effect that a quick dwindling of the versatile adjustability occurs.
The control panel is located on the lower part of the lamp arm and includes seven sensors. One to switch-on and off, plus and minus to regulate the luminance and four sensors to adjust the color temperature which are marked through different activity symbols. The highest color temperature is switched-on by tipping on the pen symbol, the lowest by tipping on the moon-stars symbol. The handling is good and the meaning of the key symbols is quickly figured out. The symbol of the function that is switched on, shines in a white color. When the lamp is switched off, the on-off-switch shines quite bright which enables an easier on-off switch in the dark but could also disturb the sleep. A button that switches off the lamp completely would be really good, which all described TaoTronics, except the TT DL-05, don’t have. This would have the effect that the lamp would not use electricity all the time.
The middle color temperature is produced through the simultaneous LED light of cool and warm white so that they appear to be brighter than other color temperature adjustments using the same adjustments of brightness. The diffusion of the light is good but could be improved with the help of a light conductor. The brightness is infinitely dimmable so that it can be adjusted individually. All tested lamps including this one have a memory function that „memorizes“ the current light adjustment and returns to this adjustment after switching it off and on again.
The USB port is located sideways on the lower arm and provides one ampere.
Some customer’s reviews on amazon say that there is a sound of high-frequency which comes from the power pack. I cannot confirm that. The power pack functions correctly and soundless. The lamp is also perfect for work at a computer due to its versatile adjustments.
TaoTronics LED The high desk lamp summarized
- multifunctionally adjustable
- infinitely dimmable
- high lamp
- a bit unsteady
- bright button lighting in standby mode
Variable AUKEY Desk Lamp
|Height||~ 16.73 in.|
|max. luminance||Not specified|
|Color temperature||Not specified|
148 Amazon.com clients
The package contents of this LT-T10 LED desk lamp by AUKEY comes with an AC adapter, a user manual and a 24-month warranty card. The lamp is divided in three parts, the stand lamp, the base element and the arm. The features of the lamp are very versatile. The base element or body and the arm are both adjustable to a certain degree to create a perfect positioning and lighting angle. The base can be rotated at a 80° angle which enables a moving of the lamp without touching the stand lamp.
The lamp stand and the body are at a 90° angle but can be tilt over a little bit. The head can be twisted at 180° in order to as less as possible of the lamp when adjusting one’s own light preference. In addition, the head itself can be adjusted at 135° to the base element so that it is folded up and saves some space when the lamp is not in use. The lamp stand includes a discreet built-in USB port for phones or other devices on the back side. The lamp stand also includes features like 5 lighting presets ranging from cool to warm, 7 smoothly scaling light levels on a touch panel in order to create different color temperatures and dim the light. Furthermore, a timer is included that turns off the lamp after 60 minutes.
The diffused light of the lamp reduces glare and eyestrain but it still provides a very bright light.
The design of the lamp is very modern and the material is made of plastic. It weighs 2.2 pounds. More important facts are the amounts of Kelvin and the CRI. This lamp in particular shines in a spectrum of 6500 Kelvin and the color rendering index reaches a value of 80.
According to reviews made by customers, the changing of the light is very intuitive and easy. But there is a more important thing that doesn’t make the lamp suitable for a night lamp. The buttons on the lamp stand don’t have a backlit and are flat which makes it harder to find them in the dark. Additionally, some claimed that the base of the lamp was a bit flimsy which makes the lamp a bit unstable. Some wished the arm to be a little bit longer in order to have a wider light.
But all in all, most of the customers were very satisfied with this product and would recommend to buy it due to its features an quite low price.
AUKEY LED The versatile summarized
- Reduces glare and eyestrain
- Individually adjustable
- 6500 Kelvin
- Buttons have no backlit
- A bit flimsy base element
Bright TaoTronics TT-DL16 Metal lamp
|Height||~ 16.9 in.|
|max. luminance||500 lumens|
|Color temperature||2700 K - 6500 K|
1838 Amazon.com clients
The lamp, a power supply pack, a microfiber cloth and a construction manual are included in the delivery. The design is simple but still in a high-quality. The lamp’s manufacture is flawless. It is striking that the lamp is quite heavy although it is fully build up of metal which is partly brushed and hence dull. Unfortunately, the edges are to some extent a little bit sharp which in fact is a safety risk. The control panel on the foot is kept in black plastic. The symbols on it appear in a discreet shiny light when switched on. In the off mode, only the light of the on-off switch remains.
The lamp consists of three elements, a rectangular lamp stand (5.1 in. x 7.4 in.), a lamp arm and a lamp head. Entirely upright, the hight of the lamp measures 71 cm. The cable is 70 inches long. The lamp has a hinge between the foot and arm of the lamp which enables an angle of ~ 135° to move the arm back and forth. However, the lamp gets an overweight backwards and tilts over when the angle between the lamp stand and arm is adjusted too high. The angle cannot be completely maxed out when the arm is twisted on the foot which is possible in a 90° angle to both side though. Between the arm and the head of the lamp, there is another hinge between the arm and head which also enables a twisting of 135°. Therefore, the lamp head suits to the arm of the lamp or can to stand almost upright. There is the possibility to twist the lamp head to both sides on the upper part in a 90° angle. This lamp is consequently the most adjustable LED desk lamp in our test. The adjustment requires both hands because the pedestal is slightly too light for the weighted lamp.
The control panel is placed on the foot of the lamp. The symbolics of the keys do not appear to be as easy as one would guess if one has not used a product by TaoTronics before. I didn’t get it at first but luckily, there is a construction manual included. So: the coffee cup stands for an increase of color temperature, the book for the decrease. The person with the heart symbolizes the favorite adjustment that can individually be installed. The symbol for the timer is a watch which turns off the lamp automatically within an hour. The moon stands for the night light function. The switch-on button shines very discreet in the standby mode. However, some customers claimed in their reviews that the light hindered them from sleeping or distracted them otherwise. On the other hand, the switch-on button can better be found in the dark. It would be recommendable to chose between a standby mode and turning it off completely.
The night light is attached sideways on the lamp head and can not illuminate simultaneously with the main lamp. The lamp has a memory function which only works with a constant power supply.
The light of the lamp is pleasantly soft und widely spread due to a acrylic light conductor. The night light is not dimmable but shines in a very nice soft light. Another nice feature is that the USB charging station of the lamp possesses two ampere which enables a quick charging of technical devices at the same time as using the lamp.
This is a high-quality lamp for a low price compared to other ones. She can be used as a desk lamp, a bedside lamp or for other purposes when the discreet light of the on-off switch doesn’t distract and the sharp edges are filed if necessary.
TaoTronics LED The metal desk lamp summarized
- 2 Ampere USB-Output
- Night light
- wide light diffusion
- Standby light quite bright
- Tilting danger backwards
Thin TaoTronics TT-DL22 Aeronautical-Lamp
|Height||~ 17.8 in.|
|max. luminance||450 lumens|
|Color temperature||warm white, neutral white, cold white|
884 Amazon.com clients
The TaoTronics lamp comes with a 59 inches long power supply pack, a microfiber cloth and a brief instruction. The lamp is very folded very flatly and can be put in a very flat box.
The design is minimalistic and modern. The body of the lamp is cased in brushed aluminum. You can find black and shiny plastic parts on the hinges and the control panel. The aluminum alloy is also used by aviation and is supposed to manage an intelligent heat discharge in order to increase the life span of LEDs. That’s what the producer claims.
The lamp is divided in three elements, the foot, the arm and the lamp head. The very thin lamp stand offers a stable hold due to its 7 inches diameter and a gumming on the bottom side. The arm between the arm of the lamp and the pedestal can be moved to the foot and back due to its 90° angle. The head can be moved back and forth in a 225° angle. The lamp is not rotatable. The maximal size of it is 32 inches. Both hands are needed while adjusting because the hinges are a little bit stiff which speaks for the stability of the adjusted position. The lamp cannot be adjusted too flatly to the front, otherwise it will tilt over.
The handling happens to be quite intuitively. The control panel is placed on the foot of the lamp and is illuminated through very small LEDs. These are only visible as small dots and not as a full illumination of the key symbols. Unfortunately, the small illuminated dot of the on-off switch cannot be turned off. There are six oval touch keys that are successively getting bigger for the brightness adjustment. One more for the adjustment of color temperature (M) and the on-off switch. The lamp has a memory function which memorizes the adjustments of light so that the same adjustment can be used turning the lamp on again.
The lamp produces in general quite a pleasant light and provides a good diffusion. The embedded LEDs are visible. A milky glas or a plastic panel would have been nicer to diffuse the light more foggy. The middle color temperature is produced through the simultaneous usage of warm an cold white LEDs. Therefore, the middle color temperature always seems to be brighter than the other ones.
The USB output is located on the back side of the lamp stand and provides one ampere, according to the producer. Charging a smartphone or a tablet takes almost as much time as using the USB port of a laptop or a pc.
TaoTronics LED The aircraft technology lamp summarized
- Intuitive handling
- Intelligent heat discharge
- Light cone
- Tilting danger using flat adjusting
Variable TaoTronics TT-DL27 Rotary lamp
|Height||~ 16.1 in.|
|max. luminance||450 lumens|
|Color temperature||3000 K - 6500 K|
468 Amazon.com clients
That model by TaoTronics called DL-27 has a simple design. The round lamp stand is cased by dull and black plastic and has a diameter of 7 inches. The control panel is embedded in the foot. Not as an own button but as a flat symbol directly on the foot. The arm of the lamp is made of metal which enables a long stability. The upper part of the lamp is made of dull and black metal again as well as the back side of the lamp head whose front side is almost completely filled with the LED panel.
The lamp has a hinge between the foot and the metal arm which enables an adjustment of 90° from an upright position down to the foot. However, it has to be mentioned that the lamp has a tendency to tilt over when the tilt angle is too high. The upper hinge between the arm and the neck part gives space of 125° from an upright position to a position where the hinge is adjacent to the arm. In the neck part, there is a rotatable hinge. The upper part of the neck can be twisted in an 50° angle to both sides. The head with the panel can be twisted in a 180° angle due to a hinge that is located in the middle of the head. Altogether, all the hinges appear very stable.
The handling of the lamp is easy and functional. The four color temperature modes on the sensors are usually displayed through a symbol of activity. The writing hand stands for the coldest mode, the moon for the warmest. The dimming works through a plus-minus button. The adjusted mode is displayed through a small blue-shining dot. The on-off switch also shines in a discreet blue in standby mode. The lamp also has a timer which turns off the light automatically after 60 minutes.
It also has a memory function which memorizes the light adjustments while the lamp is turned off so that the same adjustment can be used again when the lamp is switched on.
The light of the lamp is very pleasant and very diffuse due to the milky light conductor. The middle color temperature is a bit brighter than the other ones. That is caused by the equilateral lighting of cold white and warm white LEDs. But they are not solely visible.
The USB port is attached on the foot and works with one ampere. This can be compared to a USB port of a laptop.
The lamp has consistently positive reviews on amazon. During our testing, there were no bigger deficits. The only thing that could be improved is the fact that the lamp should have the possibility to be switched off entirely instead of running the standby mode.
TaoTronics LED The rotatable desk lamp summarized
- Good light diffusion
- Multifunctional adjusting
- Tilting danger through flat adjusting
The Cheap LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
|max. luminance||not specified|
|Color temperature||not specified|
3904 Amazon.com clients
This desk lamp by LAMPAT is a rather cheap alternative to other LED desk lamps. It has 4 lighting modes (reading, study, relax and sleep) and 5 brightness modes for each mode. It also features a USB charging port. Other than other lamps, the design of this lamp has its control panel on the body element and not on the lamp stand. The USB port is on the side of the lower part of the body element.
In general, the lamp is divided in three parts, the lamp stand, the body element an the arm. On the panel, there are four buttons for the lighting mode, a minus and plus symbol for the brightness of the light, a timer function which switches the light off after 60 minutes and an on-off switch. The lamp is especially ideal for work at a desk, weather its homework or other work and is also ideal for children due to its individual adjustments. The body element can be tilt over up to 40° in order to have more light on the desk. The head can be adjusted up to 140° between the body element and upturned. The body element can be twisted in a 180° for turning around. This allows an individual placement of the light.
The lamp’s design is modern based on its rather sharp edges and its glossy black color. Furthermore, the shape is held slim. The shape and the practical angles offer a space-saving adjustment. The producer even claims that the light is held naturally to protect eyes. The CRI is 90 which enables almost an unchanged depiction of colors that are illuminated. Some buyers complained about the lamp stand being slightly too big but it could also be beneficial in order to have a stable stand of the lamp.
The lamp, however, offers a lot of features for a low price which satisfies almost all buyers. It is a very recommendable lamp with a good price-performance ratio.
LAMPAT LED The cheap alternative summarized
- Cheap alternative
- Individually adjustable
- CRI is 90
- Lamp stand might be too big
Slim Etekcity Dimmable Office Desk Lamp
|max. luminance||530 lumens|
|Color temperature||not specified|
986 Amazon.com clients
This desk lamp by Etekcity is similar to the LAMPAT one. It is also divided in three parts, namely the lamps stand, the body element and the arm. It offers four different modes that can be adjusted through 5 levels of brightness. Those four modes stand for reading, study, relax and sleep. Additionally, the panel has a timer function which will urn off the lamp automatically after one hour and an on-off switch. All buttons are flat and can easily be used through the easy touch mode. The USB port is located on the right side of the body element.
As all other lamp, this lamp has also the ability to be adjusted individually by using different angels. The body element is to 180° rotatable which enables a moving of the lamp without moving the lamp stand. Furthermore, can be tilt over up to 55° to stretch the light further on the desk. The arm can be moved 135° so that it can be folded up to the main element. While the lamp is not in use, some space can be saved.
This lamp is set up for a comfortable workspace with a light that seems natural in order to prevent a glare on computer screens and eyestrain. The charging port gives the opportunity to charge not only a phone but a variety of electronic devices.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of lamps, that have a tilting danger because the lamp stand does not appear to be steady enough. The producer of this lamp promises a sturdy base which prevents a tilting over. This also allows an easy assembling, storing and moving from one place to another. The base also won’t heat up so it can be carried around without any concern. As a further feature, the lamp has a memory function which remembers the last adjusted function when the lamp is turned the lamp back on.
Customers claim that it is easy to miss some of the buttons on the panel because they are flat. This seems to be generally a problem with flat buttons on the panel.
Etekcity LED The dimmable desk lamp summarized
- Won't heat up
- Prevents glare on screens
- Difficult to hit the right buttons
- Recharges very slowly
Frequently Asked Questions about Desk lamps
Which luminous color is particularly ideal for office work?
The luminous color that is measured in kelvin is one of the most important components when it comes to a decision of a desk lamp in your office.
With the help of modern LEDs, light can be reproduced that is similar to daylight. The luminous color is ideal when there are 5000 and 6000 kelvin because it is the most similar to daylight.
The light is too blue/cold when there are more than 6000 kelvin, having less than 5000 kelvin, the light is indeed warm and homelike but not suitable for office work.
How many lumina should a desk lamp have?
A desk lamp should have between 400 and 1000 lumina. The higher the value of the lumina is, the brighter the lamp illuminates.
The kind of work which is performed at the light of a lamp is crucial for the choice of amount of lumina. It is also important to know whether the lamp supports daylight or can be used as a desktop lighting or whether it functions as a single light source. Nowadays, all lamps are dimmable so that the brightness can individually be adjusted.
In which color temperature should a lamp shine?
A lot of lamps are equipped with different color temperature modes nowadays so that one has the opportunity to choose between different values.
Due to the fact that our body reacts to light colors, it make sense to choose a desk lamp which also shines in a spectrum of 3000 up to 6500 kelvin because that increases our concentration and facilitates a more focused work.
The low amount of kelvin are useful depending on the occasion. They appear relaxing and cozy. Hence, the desk lamp can also be used as a mood lamp.
What does the CRI/RA value stand for?
The color rendering index specifies how much the colors of illuminated objects are affected by the light. A CRI of 100 is the best and doesn’t affect the colors so that they have the same color as in daylight. The sun functions as a reference where all other light sources can be measured.
White LEDs manage to reach a value up to 95 CRI. LEDs with warm white mostly reach a higher value because their light is polychromatic, which means half width. A high CRI value makes a light pleasant. It is particularly important while working on creative things to have as possible true to original colors.
Illuminate a desk in an optimal light
Some of the presented lamps have something in common, like the modern design and the handling with a touchpad. Different level of brightness can be adjusted with the TaoTronics lamps. The second model has even a countless gradation. The infinite adjustment enables diverse light temperatures varying from warm white to cold white in order to produce a cozy as well as a stimulating light and a proper light for working. Furthermore, this LED light has a USB access and a particularly high light power of 550 lumina.
There are also differences concerning the flexibility. TaoTronics products offer a wider flexibility than other products. The most flexible lamp is the low priced by TaoTronics with its swan neck.
Shapely lamps that run with LEDs depict a modern form of desk lamps. They provide a bright light with an extreme low power consumption. In addition to that, they don’t cast clouds, don’t dazzle and run solidly throughout a long period of time. That makes a very effective, economical and sustainable shape of desk lighting.