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.
THE BEST Lamps
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.
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.
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.
LEDLenser’s premium headlamp offers a number of useful functions, including three brightness modes, blink, S.O.S., strobe, and a 1000 lumen boost mode, as well as red, blue, and green lights. It pairs with a smartphone app for remote control, and its mount pivots up and down, and allows for the lamp to be separated for versatility.
While these wooden nightlights are designed for a space-themed kid’s room or nursery, we think they’d look great on any desk, dresser, or bedside table. Artist Sara Collet Watson sells these and many other cool nightlights in her Etsy shop. Sold with a curved outer skin, or with an open skeletal structure.
Rachel Calder makes these striking tabletop accent lights by embedding delicate strands of LED lights on copper wire along with organic objects in a block of resin. Each one is a unique, handmade piece of art. She also makes a more playful design using a jumbo LEGO minifigure casting.
This compact, water resistant light is small enough to carry in just about any bag, or even in your pocket in a pinch. It pushes out up to 280 lumens, runs up to 10h at half brightness, and doubles as a 3000 mAH USB charger. Magnets and hooks provide mounting versatility.
Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.
MoonArc Light’s unique arch-shaped LED lamp offers up smooth and even illumination for your project workbench. The 3D printed lamp measures 41.3″ wide and 31.7″ high, yet has a very small footprint to keep your workspace open. It comes in a variety of colors, and its diffusers can be easily removed.
IDIDTHAT creates whimsical and functional art by reclaiming vintage objects. They have lots of cool stuff in their Etsy shop, but our favorites are these old rotary phones from the 1950s and 1960 which have been converted to desk lamps. Their coiled cords can be bent into various positions, and their LED light source is nice and bright.
Need a super bright and diffuse light source when working on projects? This plug-in 54-watt, 6000-lumen LED lamp kicks out a ton of light, and evenly distributes it in a 360-degree circle. Uses 162 individual LEDs to create smooth, shadow-free light. Measures appx. 12″ high x 5″ diameter.
Etsy seller My Home Art Decor makes these sweet laser-cut wood accent lights, featuring images from classic games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario, Sonic, and Tetris. Each one has an RGB LED light source and a remote control so you can change its color. The wood panels can be ordered in natural or painted hues.
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