The Best Desk Lamps
Rugged Good Looks
Woody Table Lamp
Its sophisticated Danish modern design adds cachet to your workstation. A fabric shade minimizes glare. Height: 23 inches.
To buy: $169, boconcept.com for stores.
Curious Table Lamp
Solid on its feet, with a nimble neck that cranes gracefully, this creaturely hit of color is open on the bottom, so it doesn’t hog desk space. Also in black and white. Height: 24 inches.
To buy: $259, boconcept.com for stores.
Ready for Its Close-Up
Photographer’s Task Table Lamp
This old-timey option with two light levels can grow a few inches taller when needed. Also in a nickel finish. Height: 16 to 19 inches. Takes an A-15 bulb.
To buy: $129, potterybarn.com.
Jansjö Work Lamp
Great for a dorm room or a homework nook. Tough, playful, and practical, with a directed beam that won’t disturb sleeping roommates. Also in black. Height: 24 inches. LED bulb included.
To buy: $10, ikea.com for stores.
Pixo LED Table Lamp
Nice for a small desk, thanks to its compact base, which includes a USB port. Super adaptable, with a 360-degree swiveling head, a rotating arm, and two light levels. Also in black. Height: 19 inches. LED bulb included.
To buy: $205, dwr.com.