Carving out a dedicated workspace in your home is a good way of separating work and play. One of the must-haves in every workspace is a solid desk lamp that brightens the area, reducing eye strain and allowing you to focus.
Plus, having a desk lamp gives you a constant directed light source, so you don’t need to depend on natural sunlight when it’s overcast or disturb your roommates’ sleep when you’re staying up. Whether you’re rushing for deadlines or getting a cram sesh in before a big exam, here are five best table lamps that can accompany you through the wee hours.
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If you’ve ever had poorly fitted LED table lamps that flicker, you would know how straining it is for your eyes to concentrate on whatever is in front of you. The Mi LED Desk Lamp is designed to be a stable light source, reducing eye fatigue and strain.
You can either adjust the brightness and colour temperature directly via the knob at the base of the lamp, or switch between four preset lighting modes using smart home apps like Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and the Mi Home app.
Focus mode: Allows you to customise different lighting periods for focus or rest, so that you can be more productive in bursts without neglecting rest time for your eyes.
Read mode: Colour temperature is adjusted to a neutral white hue (4000K) and 100% luminance so that your eyes don’t get tired even after reading for long periods of time.
Computer mode: To reduce the amount of harmful blue light exposure to your eyes, this mode keeps the colour temperature at a warm white hue (2700K) so that the light emitting from the screen isn’t too jarring.
Child mode: To protect childrens’ eyes and prevent myopia or other vision damage, colour temperature is kept under 4000K.
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For those who don’t have a dedicated workspace and prefer to move from place to place for a change of surroundings, the Yeelight LED J1 Clip Lamp Pro would be the perfect companion.
It can stand on a table directly or be attached to a surface with its clamp that can open up to 45MM for you to clamp it onto any desk if you lack space, or attach it to your headboard for some light reading before bed. It can be charged via a USB port and at full charge, can last for 6 hours on the brightest mode and 12 hours at its dimmest.
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For a desk lamp cum night light, the Remax RL-E270 Desk Lamp allows you to choose between warm light for winding down and white light that’s perfect for reading. It also has an LCD screen that can display the time, date and temperature of your room – making it one multi-functional lamp.
To jazz up the aesthetics of your room, this lamp even has RGB light modes for its base where you can choose from a wide spectrum of colours to match your mood.
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For the folks who simply don’t have the time to fiddle with light settings, turn your attention to BenQ’s WiT Eye-Care Desk Lamp.
The wide-angle lighting range is great for folks who would appreciate the lack of harsh shadows on printed materials.
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This sleek addition to your work desk comes with a smart dual reading mode for book and screen reading, thanks to an ambient light sensor. Sift through papers and books and it’ll give you a wide and even 90cm of lit space, or switch on your monitor and it’ll automatically dim to combat the glare from your screen.
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With low blue light and the lack of flickering, it’s also easy on the eyes. You also have the option to adjust the colour temperature, if say, you want to make it a little warmer to wind down after a long day at your desk. A smaller version called the Genie Eye-Care Desk Lamp is also available for a full home office glow-up.
WiT Eye-Care Lamp: $349
Genie Eye-Care Lamp: $289
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It’s not healthy for your eyes to be staring at a screen all day, especially if you’re constantly working well into the night, which is where a screen bar like BenQ’s ScreenBar comes in handy. Not only does it light up your desk sufficiently so your eyes don’t have to strain, but it also doesn’t create any reflective glares on your monitor.
The screen bar features eight different colour temperatures and 14 brightness levels that can automatically dim. Bonus points for being USB-powered so you don’t have to find another power socket and for not taking up any desk space, making it less cluttered.
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Having a conducive workspace is important to be in the right headspace to get your tasks done. One of the things that can help you focus during long hours of work is good lighting in your work area.
With desktop companions that can double up as bedside table lamps and wireless phone chargers, you’ll be able to find one that suits your needs and style.
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The products have been ranked in terms of features and price from sources and reviews online.
Originally published on 12th June 2020. Last updated by Samantha Nguyen on 18th May 2022.
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