Bright Lights,
Better Work

Best desk lamps in 2022

Bright Lights,
Better Work

The best desk lamps for
your home or office

Whether you’re outfitting your home office or trying to bring a little personal style to your desk at work, a proper lamp is an essential not to be overlooked. Sculptural and practical, it provides ample light for your work while adding a shot of style and architecture to your workspace. Some provide bright task light while others simply offer a little ambience. Either way, choices abound.

But one thing is clear: If you're ready to buy a real lamp—not unlike buying a real watch—you want to strike the right balance between price, build quality and a design that won't look out of date in a few years. From sleek modern classics like the futuristic Flos lamp (created by the British design team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby) to warmer interpretations in wood and brass, here are some smart options, in a range of styles, sizes and prices. Ready to flip the switch?


The Best
Desk Lamps
in 2022

Article Leap Task Lamp

Leap task lamp,
$99 by Article

Nikel-Plated Work Lamp

Forså nickel-plated work lamp,
$29.99 by IKEA

Jayson Home York Terracotta Lamp

York terracotta lamp,
$175 by Jayson Home

Globe Electric Matte Brass Dual Lamp
Globe Electric Matte Brass Dual Lamp

Matte brass dual lamp
(with USB power),
$89.99 by Globe Electric

Rejuvenation Pepin Brass Lamp

Pepin brass lamp,
$409 / $286 by Rejuvenation


CB2 Exposior Gunmetal and Walnut Lamp
CB2 Exposior Gunmetal and Walnut Lamp

Exposior gunmetal
and walnut lamp,
$249 by CB2

Flos Tab LED Lamp

Flos Tab LED lamp,
$455 at MoMA Design Store

Globe Electric Clamp-On Desk Lamp

Clamp-on desk lamp,
$31.99 by Globe Electric

Shinola Milk Glass and Pewter Lamp

Milk glass and pewter lamp,
$249 / $149.97 by Shinola

Arne Jacobsen AJ Table Lamp

AJ table lamp,
$1,278 by Arne Jacobsen

Task lamp illustration

Styling Tips


Position a desk lamp opposite your dominant (or writing) hand so you won't cast a shadow across your work.


Hanging art above your desk will help balance the height of a lamp while providing a visual (other than a screen) for your eyes to rest on.


Your lamp doesn't need to “match” the rest of your desk. In fact, it can work as a sculptural art piece in and of itself.

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