Best LED Lamps

Updated February 2020
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Buying guide for best LED lamps

Last Updated February 2020

Lamps haven’t changed all that much since the invention of the light bulb – until recently, that is. If you want to stay on the cutting edge, choose an LED lamp. Thanks to their LED bulbs, these lamps are far more energy-efficient than regular lamps. Not only is this better for the environment, it will also save you money on your energy bill.

You’ll need to decide whether you want a tall floor lamp for the living room, a table lamp by your bed, or a desk lamp for your working area. You may also need to relearn everything you thought you knew about bulb strength and brightness because LED lamps have a significantly lower wattage than incandescent bulbs of the same brightness.

There’s no need to worry, though, because our buying guide has all the information you need to choose your perfect LED lamp. Want some product suggestions? Check out our top five models in the matrix above.

The majority of LED lamps feature built-in LED bulbs, but some take replaceable LED bulbs.

Key considerations

Lamp type

The majority of LED lamps fall into one of three categories: desk lamps, table lamps, or floor lamps.

Desk lamps are practical, though not always particularly stylish, and are designed for use while working at a desk. They’re great for providing extra light when doing homework, drawing, painting, crafting, or performing any other task that requires good lighting. They tend to be adjustable so you can angle the light right where you need it.

Table lamps are small lamps designed to provide ambient lighting. If your overhead lights are too bright for relaxing, a couple of table lamps or a table lamp and a floor lamp will provide a more relaxed lighting scheme. They’re also great for use on bedside tables.

Floor lamps are tall freestanding lamps, usually measuring between 50 and 70 inches tall. They’re versatile lamps that can be used instead of or in addition to overhead lighting.

Lighting style

The majority of LED lamps either produce uplighting or downlighting, but some give you a combination of the two or full 360-degree lighting. Downlighting is light that’s directed downward toward the floor or table. It’s a must-have for desk lamps or any lamps you want to read by. Uplighting is when light is directed upward toward the ceiling. It’s useful when you want mild ambient lighting or for highlighting a painting or other feature. LED table lamps without shades give you 360-degree lighting, which is useful in some cases but can also feel too bright.

Bulb strength

LED lights require little in the way of wattage to produce light, which is why they’re so energy-efficient. You might expect a six-watt bulb to produce about as much illumination as the indicator light on your oven, but a six-watt LED bulb is the equivalent of a 40-watt incandescent bulb and gives off 450 lumens of light. It makes more sense to compare the strength of LED lamps in lumens, since their low wattage can make it difficult to tell how bright they are. Between 400 and 700 lumens is ideal for most lamps, which is between five and 10 watts in LED bulbs.

EXPERT TIP

Dimmable LED lamps can be used as a nightlight for kids, with the added bonus that LED bulbs stay cool to the touch.


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Features

Color changing

It’s fairly common for LED lamps to have a color changing feature. This allows you to change the color of the lamp’s light on the red-blue-green (RBG) spectrum, giving you a wide range of color options.

Shade

Some LED lamps come with a shade. Lampshades dim the light from the bulb slightly so it’s not too bright, but they also direct the light. For instance, a straight shade with openings of the same size on the top and bottom will give you equal amounts of uplighting and downlighting.

Adjustability

Consider the adjustability of your chosen LED lamp. Check whether you can physically adjust the angle of the lamp and whether you can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the bulb.

LED lamps are usually made from metal or plastic, but you can occasionally find more traditional-looking wood or ceramic options.

LED lamp prices

Simple LED desk lamps and table lamps cost as little as $15 to $30. These lamps tend to be on the smaller side.

Mid-range options cost around $30 to $50. In this price range, you’ll find both intricate table lamps and basic floor lamps.

High-end LED lamps cost between $50 and $100. Most options in this price range are stylish floor lamps.

Tips

  • Consider whether aesthetics matter to you. You can find LED lamps in all kinds of decorative styles. If you want a practical work lamp, appearance may not matter so much. However, you’re likely to care what your lamp looks like if you want to create feature lighting in your living room.

  • Check what kind of controls your LED lamp uses. LED lamps often have more functions than standard lamps, including color changing and adjustable brightness. Therefore, they often have more complex controls than just an on/off switch. These may be touch controls or buttons. Some LED lamps can be controlled via a remote or an app.

  • Choose the correct LED lamp for the task. Desk lamps are best for desks or other work areas, for instance, whereas floor lamps are great when you want a softer alternative to overhead lighting.

  • Find out the size of your chosen LED lamp. Some LED lamps are smaller than expected, so check the dimensions before you buy to avoid being disappointed.

EXPERT TIP

Warm white light is ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, or anywhere else relaxation is high on the agenda.


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Other products we considered

We have some alternative options if none of our five favorites fit the bill. The Miroco LED Floor Lamp is an adjustable gooseneck option with four color temperatures and brightness levels to choose from. Its simple contemporary appearance works in a range of spaces.

Thanks to its tall shade that runs the full length of the lamp, the CHIPHY Dimmable Tall Lamp is a more unique-looking floor lamp. It’s available in a range of heights from 39 to 64 inches and uses replaceable LED bulbs (two are included in the price).

If you’re looking for a simple, versatile table lamp, consider the HUGOAI LED Table Lamp. It produces 360-degree lighting in either white or a range of RGB colors. It’s easy to control and even has a timer mode to switch itself off after 30 minutes.

It might not be the most stylish option, but the Miady LED Desk Lamp is a functional lamp at an affordable price. The gooseneck design is easy to adjust to best illuminate your work, plus you can adjust the color temperature and brightness.

Some LED desk lamps must be clamped to the edge of a desk or table, but most can stand independently.

FAQ

Q. How long will my LED lamp last?
A. An average LED bulb lasts between 30,000 and 50,000 hours. Even if you have your LED lamp switched on for 10 hours a day, 365 days a year, it will last roughly eight to 13 years. If you’ve chosen an LED lamp with a built-in LED bulb, this limits the lifespan of the lamp to the lifespan of the bulb. This isn’t a bad life for a lamp, but you may be able to get a new bulb fitted professionally if you don’t want to be wasteful. If your LED lamp uses replaceable LED bulbs, you can simply replace the old bulb with a new one when it stops working.
 

Q. What is color temperature?
A. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K) and is used to describe the look and feel of the light produced by a bulb. Most residential lighting falls somewhere between 2,000 and 4,500 on the Kelvin scale but can occasionally be higher. Anything between 2,000K and 3,000K is classed as warm white.

This light has a slightly orange or yellow tinge to it and tends to feel cozy and inviting. Color temperatures between 3,100K and 4,500K are cool white, which is either pure white or has a slight blue tint. These color temperatures feel bright and vibrant and are great for desk lamps or other lamps in working environments.
 

Q. How much money can I save using an LED lamp?
A. The exact running cost of an LED lamp will vary depending on the wattage of the lamp, how often you use it, and the unit price of your electricity. That said, assuming you’re on an average-price energy plan, it will cost less than $2 per year to run a 10-watt LED lamp for five hours a day. Comparatively, it would cost around $10 per year to run an incandescent lamp of the same brightness for five hours a day.

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