The Best Desk Lamp

Posted on 28 June 2022

After 8 hours of research, analysing 11 popular models and testing 6 of them, we believe that the Jakob Maul lamp is the best choice at a low price.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best budget

Jakob Maul

This industrial design lamp stands out thanks to its clamp system, which saves space on the desk. It is very flexible and has a large 17 cm diameter light head.

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Made of a simple but effective matt black metal, this lamp can be placed on any desk, especially as its clamp system takes up very little space. However, its range is only suitable for boards with a maximum thickness of 5.5 cm. The lamp is otherwise very flexible, with a 360° swivel head and a 130° tilt arm. Be aware that you will need to add a bulb as it is not supplied, but as the E27 base is fairly common, this leaves you free to choose the one that suits you best.

 

 

Best mid-range

Xiaomi Mi Light Bar

Supplied with a remote control, this light bar is no ordinary desk lamp as it is intended to be attached to the top of your computer screen, saving space on your desk.

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Xiaomi Mi Computer Monitor Light Bar

It is the ideal choice if you are looking to equip a work surface with a fixed computer. It does not take up any desk space as it fits directly onto a screen (up to 32mm thick, including curved models), with a 25° rotation system to reduce glare. We were also convinced by its ease of use. Rotating the remote control (round casing) allows you to change the light intensity, while a long press changes the temperature, to best suit your needs. The power is supplied via a USB port.

 

Best high-end

Xiaomi Desk Lamp Pro

Adjustable via a single button or with the Mi Home app, this connected lamp is perfectly adjustable. Although larger in size, it is discreet on the desk thanks to its minimalist design.

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Xiaomi Desk Lamp Pro

This top-of-the-range lamp has the advantage of being adjustable via three pivot points (foot, arm and head) in order to adapt to your current needs. The intensity (700 lumens maximum) as well as the temperature of the light (from 2500 to 4800 K) are adjustable, thanks to the single central button or, for the most connected of you, via the Mi Home application or a voice assistant (Apple, Google or Amazon). Although it looks bulky at first glance, it proved to be quite discreet on the desk thanks to its slim lines during our tests. Despite its less affordable price, it is a convincing product.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest mid-rangeBest high-end
Jakob MauldXiaomi Mi Computer Monitor Light BarXiaomi Desk Lamp Pro
Jakob MaulXiaomi Mi Light BarXiaomi Desk Lamp Pro
This industrial design lamp stands out thanks to its clamp system, which saves space on the desk. It is very flexible and has a large 17 cm diameter light head.Supplied with a remote control, this light bar is no ordinary desk lamp as it is intended to be attached to the top of your computer screen, saving space on your desk.Adjustable via a single button or with the Mi Home app, this connected lamp is perfectly adjustable. Although larger in size, it is discreet on the desk thanks to its minimalist design.
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Honorable mentions

Xiaomi Smart Mi LED Desk Lamp (£52,95 upon publication): a flexible and connected lamp at an attractive price. This is an interesting alternative to our mid-range choice if you are looking for a connected lamp. Adjustable (vertically) and adaptable (intensity, temperature and modes), it is modular and easy to use via a single button. Its quality construction and modern design are also appealing. However, its availability online is rather uncertain.

 

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How to choose your desk lamp?

Whether in the office or at home, having a practical, high-performance lamp by your side is essential to be efficient at your job and avoid overexertion. However, there are so many models on the market that it can be difficult to choose.

Lampes de Bureau
There are two types of lamps: ‘classic’ lamps and LED lamps. | Source: Selectos

First of all, it is interesting to know what type of lamp you want to use:

  • ‘Classic’ lamps: we are referring here to models to which you have to attach a bulb. When the bulb dies, you can simply replace it to continue using your lamp. In order to reduce energy consumption, we advise you to use LED bulbs for this type of model.
  • LED lamps: these models have an integrated light source. The advantage of these small LED bulbs is that they have a long lifespan – generally estimated at around 20 years with 3 hours of use per day. However, it is often impossible to replace the bulbs: once they have worn out, you have to replace the whole lamp.

Next, here are some criteria to consider to ensure an experience that meets your needs and expectations:

Ikea Navlinge
Some lamps have an articulating arm to direct the light source according to your needs. | Source: Selectos
  • Fixing: while the classic desk lamp has a base that you simply place on a piece of furniture, some models are equipped with a clamp that can be fixed anywhere. This saves a lot of space, provided that you check the maximum amplitude allowed by the clamp.
  • Flexibility: this is very useful for orienting the light source according to one’s needs. While some lamps have an articulated arm that can be oriented in all directions, others are flexible in sections (at the foot, arm and/or head). Some lamps can also be adjusted in one direction only (e.g. from bottom to top only).
Taotronics TT-DL22
Others can only be oriented on one axis. | Source: Selectos
  • Adjustments: LED lamps have the advantage of being able to offer adjustable brightness. In most cases, both the intensity and temperature are adjustable. So you can adapt the light to your needs, the time of day or your activities (reading, precision work, computer use, etc.). Some modern models are even connected and can be used via an application or an intelligent assistant.
Taotronics TT-DL22
LED lamps sometimes offer adjustable brightness, both in terms of intensity and temperature. | Source: Selectos
  • Design: most models are quite small, but be sure to check the dimensions of the product of your choice if you have limited space on your desk. Whether it is classic or touch-sensitive buttons, make sure they are ergonomically placed on the lamp.

 

How did we test?

First, we looked into the design and the material quality of the lamps. We then assessed whether they were simple and intuitive to use, with well placed, easy to control and clear buttons. We manipulated the lamps to make the most of their flexibility and to judge the practicality and usefulness of the proposed settings (intensity, colour, etc.).

Of course, we tested each model for several hours to see how bright they were and used them in a variety of conditions (at the computer, for writing, during the day, with less outside light…). Lastly, we paid attention to details that could potentially make a difference, such as the connected use of some models.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk

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