Adjustable color temperature and brightness, cooler during the daytime and warmer at night, to sync with the body’s biorhythms. Works with Alexa and Google Home. Sleek, elegant design.
Expensive. Doesn’t change color, only brightness and warmth.
Produces a warm, ambient light. Comes in your choice of black or brown. Small and compact. Pull chain makes it easy to turn the lamp on and off without having to hunt for a switch.
Some issues with the USB port not working. Some buyers find the look and construction low quality.
Inexpensive and comes in a choice of black or white. Seven intensity/brightness levels. Durable and long-lasting. Features a highly adjustable neck and head.
Lamp can tip if the neck is stretched too far. Some note flickering or and other quality issues after several months.
Unique design. “Branches” can be customized or arranged to the configuration you want. Easy to set up. Solid base gives it a lot of stability.
The lights are bright and can’t be dimmed. Some buyers note flimsy joints or shorts in the cord.
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If you’re interested in saving energy (and who isn’t these days?), LED table lamps are a very attractive option. A 6- or 7-watt LED can produce the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Even if you only have a few lamps around the home or office, it doesn’t take long to see the financial benefits.
In the past, there was some resistance to LED lamps because of their stark light and the fact they couldn’t be dimmed, but those are no longer problems. There are LED bulbs for every mood, and the lamp itself can offer further control. Dimmers are now widely available. As for style, if you can imagine it, it’s probably out there. From traditional Tiffany lamps to industrial designs and sleek modernist models, whatever you’re searching for, there’s an LED table lamp that will do the job.
Cost savings: What about actual dollars and cents? It depends on what your energy supplier charges, but a recent survey published in the Washington Post suggests you can save as much as $1.25 per bulb per month.
Longevity: Then there’s the extended life expectancy of the bulb. A standard incandescent is estimated to be good for 1,200 hours. If you have it on for 6 hours a day, it should last several months. Most LED bulbs last for 30,000 to 50,000 hours. Some of the newest go for 90,000 hours. Even if we’re being conservative, at 6 hours a day, these bulbs will keep going for around 14 years! That’s another nice chunk of change in your pocket.
Energy: But money isn’t the only reason to change to LED table lamps. Less energy consumption means less impact on climate change. There hasn’t been legislation outlawing old-fashioned incandescent and halogen bulbs, but many are predicting it. Switch now and you’ll avoid the increased prices that typically occur when choice is limited.
Versatility: Another benefit? With so many electrical gadgets in our homes today, wall outlets can be at a premium. Many LED table lamps are cordless, so that means no problem with positioning and no cable to trip over (or be chewed on by your pet). What’s more, if you want to take your table lamp onto the deck for the evening, you can just pick it up and move it. You can even take it RVing or camping.
These lamps run on lithium-ion batteries that you can either swap out and recharge in a separate device, or recharge in situ via USB cable. With the latter, if you’ve got the right type of connector (none are very expensive) you can plug them into the DC power socket of your vehicle (the cigarette lighter), a portable power bank, or a generator. No other table lamp gives you more convenience or versatility.
If you want the full energy-saving benefits of LED bulbs, consider changing your existing incandescent or halogens to LEDs as they burn out. However, you should not mix them on the same lighting circuit. The incandescents will hog the power, making the LEDs flicker.
Workplace LED table lights don’t just stop at lighting an area. Many have USB ports for charging your devices. Some have wireless charging for smartphones — no cable required. These are features that can be found in household lighting, but much less frequently. However, they are well worth searching for if you want a bedside table lamp that lets you charge your phone overnight as you keep it handy in case you need it.
Timer, snooze button, and multiple brightness or lighting modes are common. More advanced models can automatically adjust brightness levels as the ambient light changes throughout the day, thus reducing eyestrain. Many also remember settings when you turn them off.
The other thing you’ll want to think about with work lighting is flexibility. There are numerous multi-angle models available, some of which can clip onto a shelf or desk edge for great portability (these are also called task lights). Gooseneck designs (a bit like a bendable metal snake) provide just about unlimited flexibility. Cheap LED gooseneck lamps can wear out quickly, so it’s worth checking online user feedback to assess durability.
You can now get LED table lamps that are compatible with smart home systems, enabling you to control your table lamp with your voice or from an app. This can provide greater control over light intensity, and with several models, you can choose from over 16 million colors. They offer timer settings and sleep modes, all available from wherever you are via your smartphone. We even came across one with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, so your table lamp can also play music.
It’s fair to say that at the moment the choice isn’t particularly extensive, though with the technology now being so affordable, we would expect to see more adventurous designs soon.
Inexpensive: The cheapest LED table lamps we looked at are perhaps better described as desk lamps for the office. They range from around $15 to $40 depending on features.
Mid-range: More decorative LED table lamps for bedroom and other use start at around $25 and go up to $70. You’ll find a huge choice — just about anything you can imagine (and probably some you can’t).
Expensive: The most expensive LED table lamps aren’t necessarily the ones packed with modern features. Lamps from high-end brands and artisan makers can easily top $200, and we’ve seen a few that cost thousands. It’s a lot of money, but you do get some unique and beautiful designs.
Small cordless LED table lamps can be used as room accents. Moving them around gives you the opportunity to easily change the mood.
Lighting is a very personal decision, and we all have different tastes. If you like it, then it’s not “wrong.” However, there are a few useful design principles that will help create the feel you want in your room.
A. Actually, more and more standard light bulbs are also being measured in lumens. Although it can be a little confusing if you’re used to watts, lumens is the proper measure of brightness. Watts is the energy the bulb consumes, not how bright it is. With watts, you might have two bulbs of the same wattage but quite different apparent brightness. Two 800-lumen bulbs (equivalent to about 60 watts) will always be the same brightness.
A. Probably. It’s just a question of whether you can get a bulb that suits the fitting. If that’s a problem because it’s an unusual fitting, you might be able to change it. It’s often quite a straightforward job, but talk to an electrician if you’re not sure.
A. They don’t, at least not necessarily. Early LED bulbs did, and you can still get those, but you can now get a number of variations. Look for the Kelvin rating (known as the color temperature). For reference, 1,900 Kelvin is comparable to candlelight, 4,500 Kelvin is similar to daylight, 7,500 Kelvin is the cool white that can appear bluish. LED bulbs are available across that range.