Since the pandemic struck, improvised home offices have been put through their paces. If your work-from-home setup is ready for an upgrade, the right desk lamp is a good place to start.
Beyond providing light exactly where it’s needed, “the task light becomes one of the things that creates your little work office at home,” said Clive Wilkinson, a Los Angeles-based architect who has designed corporate spaces for companies like Microsoft and Intuit. “It’s a spatial thing — it lights up an area where you’re working, and makes it separate and different from the rest of the home.”
The best desk lamps used to have long articulating arms that were highly adjustable, Mr. Wilkinson said, but now that most people’s work involves less paper, something more compact will usually suffice.
“You can have a light source that’s only 18 inches off the desk,” he said. “It makes the new options much more interesting.”
Thin Task Lamp
Adjustable LED lamp with cast-iron ball-joint base
From $475 at Juniper: 347-799-2915 or juniper-design.com
Focal LED Lamp with USB Port
Desk lamp with catchall base and charging port by Jonas Wagell
$195 at Design Within Reach: 800-944-2233 or dwr.com
Lola Small Desk Lamp
Lamp with antiqued brass shade, designed by Ian K. Fowler
$299 at Circa Lighting: 877-762-2323 or circalighting.com
Buddy Table Light
3D-printed adjustable lamp by Mona Sharma
$148 at Gantri: gantry.com