This modern desk lamp offers two modes of operation – an indirect light shaped like a triangle or an adjustable task light in its open position. It has a built-in USB and Qi-compatible wireless charger in its base as well. It provides both warm and cool light settings in five brightness levels. Bostitch sells a cheaper version made from plastic.
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Add a little space to your desk with this playful astronaut lamp from Paladone. The tiny moon man takes his spacewalk at the end of an adjustable gooseneck, as he floats above the lunar textured base below. Runs on USB or 3 AAA batteries, so it’s definitely just an accent light.
Artist Pete Betcher of The BKPK Shop makes all kinds of cool and geeky objects for the home. Among them is this illuminated wall art which looks like a modernist Death Star. It’s made from baltic birch plywood and acrylic, and casts cool shadows onto the wall around it. Measures 11″ across, and takes a 40w candelabra bulb.
Humanscale’s already-iconic Nova task light won a 2019 iF Design Award and is now even better with an optional wireless charging base with two USB ports. Nova’s bright, glare-free light has a touch-dimming control, high-efficiency LEDs that deliver 440 lumens, and smart-dimming tech that turns it off when you forget.
Magnetic Games presents yet another wonderfully satisfying video, in which he uses hundreds of magnetic rods and spheres to create an complicated geometric sculpture. He placed a light at the center of his masterpiece, so it casts interesting shadows as well. After it’s all done, he knocks it down with a catapult.
Want a lamp that can light up your entire workbench or desk? The Neatfi XL cranks out an impressive 2200 lumens using 117 surface-mounted LEDs, casting a wide and even field of light from its 20″ diffusion shade. Its 32″ arms offer plenty of adjustability, and you can choose from four brightness levels.
The guys at ThunderDomes are in the business of building geodesic domes. But they also make some nifty LED lamps, which use 3D printing and cast resin structures to throw dramatic shadows onto walls, ceilings, and floors. They come in a variety of designs, with our favorite being the golden ratio spiral pattern.
These unique desk lamps have a pair of magnetic spheres which float in their centers. When placed near enough to each other that they attract, the light turns on. Move them apart, and it turns off. The LED light offers ambient illumination, with six different color temperature settings, and runs on a built-in rechargeable battery.
This waterproof LED lantern doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with 360º sound. Its 4400 mAh battery offers up to 24 hours of light, or can recharge gadgets too. Its 400 lumen light source has 5 modes including bright white, red, color fade, music synced, and emergency.
Designed by Natalie and Paul Sun of Gingko Design, this minimal and modern lamp makes a great addition to any table. Its octagonal base allows for angle adjustment, and it offers a bright and smooth light source with 36 LEDs that runs on a rechargeable battery for up to 48 hours of cordless operation.
Athens, Greece artist Roman Parkhin of Banjo Show makes unique sculptures with a steampunk aesthetic. Watch as he turns an assortment of hardware, tubing, and vintage radio tubes into a funky accent light under a glass dome. At its center is a radiometer, a device which spins when exposed to the heat generated by a light.
NUÜR’s “C”-shaped aluminum lamp makes a great accent light for your desk, bookshelf, or bedside table. Beyond its modern, sculptural design, it offers stepless dimming, and three color temperatures to choose from, so you can pick warm, cool, or neutral light output. Measures appx. 12.6″ tall.
BenQ’s swing-arm LED lamp kicks out a much wider field of light than typical desk lamps. It’s been optimized for on-screen reading, and minimizes glare. You can adjust its brightness and color temperature from 2700K to 5700K, and it has an ambient light sensor. Made from lightweight zinc and aluminum alloy.
This unique LED light bulb eliminates the need for expensive lighting fixtures. Instead, it’s got an integrated lampshade that distributes a bright, warm area light from its sides. It fits into standard E26 bulb sockets, so you can just pick up a cheap hanging pendant and you’re all set for under 25 bucks.
Working from home? Give your workspace an upgrade with a high quality desk lamp. Phive’s modern metal light provides lots of adjustability with its swiveling, pivoting head, and 16.3″ + 16.3″ adjustable arm. Its diffusion panel uses 144 LEDs to produce smooth, glare-free light with six brightness levels and four color temperatures.
At first glance, this hurricane lamp looks like a classic oil lantern, but it’s actually packed with modern technology, using a vintage style LED bulb as its light source, and cranking out tunes from its Bluetooth speaker. Its light is dimmable and burns for up to seven hours, while its speaker plays for up to five hours per charge.
Whether you’re looking for a bedside reading lamp or a splash of color to set the mood, Aukey’s stylish modern table lamp has got you covered. Its ring-shaped design casts a smooth glow of ambient light, and can be set to warm white in four brightness levels, or a variety of colorful modes thanks to its RGB LEDs.
This unique, illuminated wall art helps create a calm and relaxing environment. It features a multi-layered geometric design laser-cut from thin sheets of wood fiberboard. The colorful LED edge lighting really makes the patterns pop, and can be set to change colors. Available in 23.2″ H x 19.3″ W and 26.4″ H x 23.2″ W sizes.
Lander’s pint-sized light is perfect for adding a little light to your tent, or while going for a nighttime stroll. Its elastic tether can anchor to itself for attaching to bags and clothing, and the 150-lumen lantern is both waterproof and drop-proof. They also make a larger model with a built-in power bank.
These laser-cut lamps feature designs inspired by the neon signs of Hong Kong. Not only are the lamps cool to look at, but they cast awesome shadows onto your walls and ceiling. They’ll be made in two materials, with the pricey copper version offering the sharpest images, while the acrylic version is far more economical.
These clever 3D-printed lamps look their light bulb has been shattered. Designed by Joakim Christoffersson for Gässling, they appear to have been dropped on the floor, splintered by a bullet, or smashed into a wall. Each is powered by a 6W LED bulb, and measures about 5.5″ across – roughly twice the size of a standard A19 bulb.
Dyson’s second high-end desk lamp offers multiple pivot and swivel points, so you can aim it exactly where needed. Its light module automatically adjusts its color temperature and brightness throughout the day, and its base column doubles as an ambient light when you don’t need a point source. Available as a desk or a floor lamp.
Modustrial Maker shows us how to build a sweet looking ceiling pendant lamp that looks like it came from an expensive modern lighting store. The trickiest part was getting the wood pliable enough to bend in two directions without cracking, but the finished piece looks like it was worth the effort.
Hyperspace Lighting’s amazing lamp has a structure made up of full-color LED light strips, set into a cube of one-way mirrored acrylic panels. The result is the coolest infinity lamp we’ve ever seen. It works with a companion mobile app to adjust its lighting effects, and has a sound-reactive mode. Comes in 10″ and 15″ sizes.
This modern tabletop lamp features a tilted acrylic shade which hangs from the side rather than the center of its structure. It uses LEDs to provide a diffuse lighting effect, and offers five brightness and five color temperature settings. Its metal and glass base doubles as a Qi wireless charger for your smartphone.
She may not look like much, but she lights up where it counts. This 1:180 scale replica of Han Solo’s ship floats at the end of an adjustable Angelpoise-style base. You’ll want to grab the TIE Fighter lamp for the other side of your desk so they can do battle. Both lamps offer bright LED illumination, and are USB-powered.
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