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.
THE BEST Lamps
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.
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.
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.
British design duo Glithero’s unique desk lamp has a playful method for switching it on. It’s activated only when you knock over a series of copper dominoes which complete the circuit when toppled. Of course, you have to set them all up again each time you turn off the lamp.
Spanish skateboard craft shop Skate-Home makes lamps out of skateboard decks. One of the shop’s designs is inspired by the radical Mattel Hover Board from Back to the Future II. The deck can be displayed horizontally or vertically, and it has a 7W LED light source.
Looking for a project to put basic welding skills to use? Check out this DIY idea from Ollari’s – a lamp with a shade made by welding a bunch of steel nuts around a curved form, and a base made out of the same. It’s a cool enough design that we’ll forgive his spelling of “baking soda.”