The Best Reading Lamp

Posted on 27 June 2022

After spending 22 hours comparing 25 popular reading lamps, we determined that the Rolgno Reading Light represented the best price-quality ratio.

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Our choice, Best budget

Rolgno Reading Light

Featuring 9 LEDs that can be set to 3 modes, a dimmer switch, an easy to position hammer head and a rechargeable battery via USB-C, this reading lamp demonstrates a very convincing price-quality ratio.

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Compact and solid, this model is one that you can take everywhere. It offers 3 lighting modes (warm, white or a mix of both) and a power variator, adjustable by short or long presses on the lighting head. The clamp can be fixed on a support up to 5 cm thick but is also wide enough to be placed on a piece of furniture. The 600 mAh battery lasts for at least 20 hours (at maximum intensity) and indicates its status by means of 4 decreasing lights. In short, this lamp has many assets at a very affordable price.

 

 

Best high-end

Glocusent Neck

This model has the particularity of being placed around the neck, allowing you to use it not only for reading, but also for doing small DIY jobs or when camping or walking.

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It is certainly thanks to its versatility and ergonomics that this lamp is so popular. It consists of a rigid part, to be placed behind the neck (a little uncomfortable if you lean), and two flexible arms to direct the lamps. 3 modes are proposed (yellow, warm white and cold white), each adjustable on 3 intensities, with the possibility of using only one of the two heads. It has a 1000mAh battery that can be recharged via USB-C, giving up to 80 hours of runtime. Users appreciate the fact that it can be used in a variety of circumstances, from reading to manual work.

 

Budget alternative

This reader has the most affordable price in this selection, but that does not stop it from offering quality services. In fact, during our tests, we could only note its incredible physical resemblance to the more expensive Mighty Bright. However, while it is as compact as the Mighty Bright, it has 11 lumens instead of 10. It also differs from its high-end counterpart in that it is battery powered. Although it has a 25-hour runtime, it still uses more energy than the rechargeable battery.

 

High-end alternative

Mighty Bright 47017

This lightweight design lamp is the most robust on the market. With a quality design that has won the Reddot Award, it is one of those that will last.

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The Mighty Bright stands out from its competitors because of its quality of construction. It is ergonomic, compact and light, with a silicon look that is very pleasant to the touch, a push button that contributes to the modern design and a flat base with a robust clip. Its battery can last up to 60 hours, although the battery indicator is a little too discreet. Despite its many qualities, it only offers two light levels, which is why we only offer it as an alternative.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest high-endBudget alternativeHigh-end alternative
Cocoda 8034H - NCGlocusentEnergizer BookliteMighty Bright 47017
Rolgno Reading LightGlocusent NeckEnergizer BookliteMighty Bright 47017
Featuring 9 LEDs that can be set to 3 modes, a dimmer switch, an easy to position hammer head and a rechargeable battery via USB-C, this reading lamp demonstrates a very convincing price-quality ratio.This model has the particularity of being placed around the neck, allowing you to use it not only for reading, but also for doing small DIY jobs or when camping or walking.An economical option par excellence, this lamp is battery powered, compact in design and lightweight, making it ideal to take with you on long trips or camping.This lightweight design lamp is the most robust on the market. With a quality design that has won the Reddot Award, it is one of those that will last.
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Honorable mentions

At the moment, there are no products available on the European market that we feel have the necessary qualities to be included in our main selection. We will be sure to provide you with interesting alternatives as soon as we become aware of them.

 

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How to choose your reading lamp?

For bookworms, reading lamps are a real must, as they allow them to immerse themselves in their favourite books without disturbing their roommate(s). But while there are many of them, not all of them are necessarily advisable.

To help you make the best choice, we have listed some points to consider:

  • Light: usually measured in lumens, its intensity must be strong enough to allow you to read comfortably, but above all adjustable so that it does not become a source of disturbing light in the presence of others. Most models now offer a choice between warm and cool light.
  • Fixing: traditionally, reading lamps are mounted on furniture designed for this purpose. However, some of them now have clips that can be attached directly to the book, tablet or computer. If you opt for this type of model, check that the quality and size of the clamps fit the support without damaging it.
  • Ergonomics: most reading lamps have an articulated neck that you can adjust according to the level of brightness you need or according to the support. So make sure that it is easy to articulate and, if possible, can be handled with one hand.
  • Power supply: there are three types of power supply, namely batteries, a battery and a corded power. While the majority of reading lamps currently on the market have a battery that can be recharged quickly and easily, models with battery cells generally have a longer life. This is a good thing and it can be useful on long journeys.
  • Battery life: it is of course interesting to be able to read for as long as possible before running out of battery, but it should be taken into account that battery life also depends on the chosen light intensity. The most important thing is to have an indicator that warns you of a low battery, thus avoiding unpleasant surprises.
  • Anti-blue light function: if you do not have anti-blue light glasses yet, then a model with an ‘Eye-Friendly’ function can be really useful. Not only does it tire your eyes less quickly, but you can also read for longer.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk

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