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.
An officially-licensed scale model of the classic Volkswagen Type 2 Bus that doubles as an accent light. It’s solid white on top and has color-changing LEDs inside its bottom half. It can be powered by AA batteries or via a USB cable, and measures appx. 9.8″ x 5.9″ x 5.1″.
Striker’s compact lantern provides up to 220 lumens from its 1-watt LED, casting light out of its dual-purpose domed reflector for smooth, shadow-free illumination. It’s waterproof, and can be hung rightside-up, upside-down, placed on a flat surface, or even floated on water.
Luke Roberts‘ Model F is a powerful and incredibly versatile lighting solution. It has over 300 RGB LEDs that allow it to shine light in all directions, in one or two spots, only below, or only above. You can use it as an alarm clock, save presets, and integrate it with Amazon Alexa.
Merchoid’s officially-licensed USB lamp is the perfect desk or bedside accessory for fans of The Legend of Zelda. The Seal the Darkness Master Sword Light is about 12″ tall and has a switch incorporated in the Triforce symbol. It can also be powered with three AA batteries.
Dyson’s Lightcycle is a highly-adjustable multipurpose lamp. It can change its color and brightness based on the time of day. When used with its app, it can even account for the user’s age and activity. Its heat pipe cools the LEDs to ensure performance for up to 60 years.
Casper’s Glow is a light designed to help you sleep. Its warm light gradually dims in the night then slowly warms up during the day. You can control one or more lights using its app, but you can also control it with gestures. It has a built-in battery and a charging stand.
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.
The My Cinema Lightbox not only looks like a marquee, it’s also fit for any occasion thanks to its RGB LED backlights. You can make it flash in a variety of colors or stick to one, including white. It comes in three sizes and can be powered via USB or battery.
BioLite’s SunLight is an affordable portable RGB LED lamp. It has a solar panel at the back with a clever sundial so you can easily recharge it on the go. It also has a microUSB charging port. It lasts up to 50 h per charge. The 360º kickstand makes it easy to hang.
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.
ilsangisang’s clever lamp features a design that makes it look like it’s always turned on. It sits at the intersection of your desk and a wall, providing a mock beam of light that doubles as a display for small objects. It also really does light up. Measures about 15.5″ tall.
Modustrial Maker teamed up with fellow builder Jonny Builds to transform a huge honkin’ wooden timber beam and sheets of steel into a sculptural ambient floor lamp, loaded up with LED strips that display patterns in reaction to music. We want one of these in our office.
This elegant desk lamp wonderfully marries form with function. It uses cast-iron weights in a counter-balance mechanism to make it easy to adjust the lamp’s height and length. It also uses conductive materials on the joints instead of cables to transmit power.