LED lamps are incredibly energy efficient and produce the closest approximation of natural light of any light source available. LEDs also sport higher safety ratings, improved durability and offer more control and customization than incandescent and fluorescent lighting. A constant stream of innovations in LED technology has resulted in a variety of exciting futuristic designs, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best LED desk lamps of 2016.
Best Overall: Lumiy Lightblade 1500S
If you find your desk lamp’s brightness underwhelming, buy a Lightblade and let there be light. This is the LED desk lamp for those who want only the brightest crispest replica of perfect natural light. With 1100 lux of brightness and a high CRI, the Lightblade can transform even the dreariest space into a warm and bright zone of productivty.
The Lightblade’s radiant lighting comes from its cool and warm white LED’s for a color rendering index of over 90 CRI. A light’s CRI determines its ability to accurately display an object’s full color. The higher the CRI, the more faithfully the color is displayed as if it would be in natural light. The Lightblade’s high CRI makes it a perfect choice for artists and other professionals who require brilliant vibrant colors.
The lamp has other desirable features, including an omni-directional pivoting head for better control of lighting. It also has touch sensors that control brightness and monitor energy expenditure.
The Lumiy Lightblade 1500S is available on Amazon for about $100.
Best Value: TaoTronics Elune Desk Lamp
The TaoTronics Elune is perfect for those who want bright light at an affordable price. 30 dollars gets you 30 LEDs and 450 lumens of power. The soft uniform light is ideal for reading and doesn’t flicker like other value options. It also has an incredible lifespan. According to the manufacturer, this lamp is rated to last for 25 years and uses 75% less energy than incandescent lights with similar brightness.
The Elune also offers a good degree of flexibility. It has 7 brightness settings that range from 5500 to 6000 K. An adjustable gooseneck gives further control over light positioning and brightness, and the lamp itself is adjustable.
The TaoTronics Elune Desk Lamp is available Amazon from $28.
Most Customizable: The Softech DL-90 Multi-Function LED Desk Lamp
Softech‘s latest LED desk lamp offers an astounding amount of customization for total brightness control. You decide the lighting mode you want and the DL-90 will conform to your request. The lamp has 27 high-power daylight LEDs with a 90+ CRI that comes extraordinarily close to natural light.
The lamp has four distinct lighting modes and 40 brightness levels in total for total precision. The first two modes are for desk work: a reading mode with mid-range colors (4300K-5300K) that are easy on the eyes, and a study mode which has a high range color temperature (6000K-7000K). The lamp can also be switched to a relaxation mode and a sleep mode — these have softer, warm color temperatures.
This lamp uses 10 watts or less of power to provide light equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb. It lasts about 40,000 hours or 20 years of normal use. An automatic turn off feature extends lamp life even further.
The Softech DL-90 lamp is available from Amazon for about $70.
Best Design: The Z-Bar Mini LED Desk Lamp
The slender Z-Bar High Power LED Desk Lamp features high tech power-saving LED bulbs in a minimalist frame. With its angular black aluminum housing and unique pivot, it belongs on a Berlin engineer’s desk or in the lobby of an upscale New York architect.
The ingenious design extends beyond aesthetics; this is a seriously bright light that uses very little energy. The Z-Bar’s six daylight white LEDs generate about 240 lumens of light and only expends 9 watts of energy.
If 9 watts is still too much energy usage for your taste, activate the built-in 4-step dimming function to produce a softer lighting for even less wattage. This feature works incredibly well when you are unwinding prior to bed time. Lower the light before you fall asleep to adjust your brain to get ready for bed.
The thin circular base is weighted to keep the light from tipping over, and adjustable joints can be placed in almost any position without tightening or loosening knobs or screws, simply move the light to where you need it and the lamp will hold to form.
Most Versatile: BYB E-430
Clamp on desk lamps are a great option for those working who need high-quality illumination, but are working with limited desk space. The award winning design of BYB’s E-430 dimmable LED desk lamp delivers energy-efficient lighting from a slender device latched on to the side of your desk. It has a swivel lock socket that tilts in any direction, whether its on the desk or not. The adjustable arm is matched by a a flexible head and includes built-in dimming strips.
It delivers 4 lighting modes and 6 levels of brightness, ranging from study mode to bedtime mode. We also like that the lamp is rated for 50,000 hours and comes with a 5 year warranty.
The BYB E-430 is available on Amazon for around $110.