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Carrie Portable LED Lamp

Take this portable LED light practically anywhere- outside on the patio, over to the beach, or beside your chair or bed for reading. The steel base and handle holds an opaque glass shade while the internal LED light is rechargeable via USB. When you’re not toting it around, you can remove the handle for a simpler shape.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Gessato

Luci Color Lamp

What’s this deflated solar thingy anyways? It’s the Luci Color Lamp, and it could be a fun addition to your household, especially if you’ve got kiddos running around. The Luci is waterproof, lightweight, and completely solar. It displays 8 colors (red, green blue, purple, yellow, cyan, orange, white) and takes 7 hours to charge. Use it in the pool or in the bathtub for fun- maybe get a couple, just so there’s no fighting over one- or string a few together for party lights.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Concrete Brick Lamp by Hyfen

This LED lamp has no switch, shade, or wires, which begs the question, how on earth do you turn it on? Well, it’s more of an intuitive system, so, you simply raise it in an upright position to turn it on. Lay it facedown to turn it off. It’s completely portable- remember, no wires- so, pick it up and take it with you from room to room to get a warm, white light illuminating your immediate vicinity.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: Gessato

Aurora Light Kit

Fun! The Aurora Light Kit is a set of set of nine interlocking, triangular LED lights that you can program with your smartphone or your voice (there’s an included controller as well). Attach them to any flat surface- no holes required- then play around with colors and patterns to create your own lighting installation. Light up a dark hallway or add a little luster to a boring lounge area; they might be just the thing to add some sparkle for your upcoming holiday soirées.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Plumen 003 LED Light Bulb

A sexy lightbulb? Really? Well that’s an adjective everyone else is using, so, sure, it’s, uh, sexy. Let me introduce you to the Plumen 003. It is energy-efficient (it’s an LED) and gives off a focused, direct light directly below along with a softer sidelight. Similar to candlelight, it has a warm glow thanks to its center gold element. Unlike candlelight, it will last 10,000 hours. That means it will provide just the right amount of flattering ambient light to your oh-so-lovely features for a very, very long time. Add one above a workspace or add a few above a table; just be prepared for some ooo’s and ahh’s when your guests notice your “sexy” lightbulbs.
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Price: $170.00
Available from: Plumen

Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer

If you have a dark living or dining area, may I suggest the Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer? The rotating arms allow for quite a bit of variety in movement, especially considering the arms are 40″ and 48″ in length. The no-frills, minimal design provides a clean look that would work well with other styles, so it’s a very safe bet for all sorts of interiors.
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Price: $599.00
Available from: TRNK

Antipode Pendant Light

Let’s run through the very short list of requirements for a pendant light. Minimal/modern? Check. Spectacular/different? Check. Somewhat affordable? Check. The Antipode Pendant Light from Lambert & Fils fits those three requirements, and now we just need to figure out just where we’re going to put it. Maybe the dining room, entryway, or a large walk-in closet?
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Price: $500.00
Available from: Lambert & Fils

Conic Table Lamp

Can you draw? Because this lamp needs to be the star of a short comic- its little shade looks just like a hat. Simple geometric elements with the slight skew of asymmetry give the Conic Lamp its personality. Set it up on your desk or a side table for a directional reading light (and pretend it’s your non-judgmental friend, always there with a bright outlook when you need it most).
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Price: $375.00
Available from: A+R Store

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.
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Price: $104.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Focal LED Lamp with USB Port

It’s great to see that USB ports are now incorporated into some task lamps, especially as most of our outlets are overwhelmed with plugs and wires. This Focal LED Lamp has an easy-to-access USB port right at its base- no need to fuss around behind your computer or at your charging station for a free spot. Its head tilts left and right and spins 180 degrees on its post to focus its energy-efficient LEDs right where you want. Three levels of brightness give you more control over light intensity. There’s also a handy shallow dish at the base for small pocket items.
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Price: $195.00
Available from: DWR

Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg

In love with a lamp… that should be a song title, shouldn’t it? The Ile w153 Table Lamp, designed by Inga Sempe, aims straight for our hearts, as it can be clamped to a ledge or tabletop, mounted on the wall, or set upon a flat surface. The shade moves smoothly, as it has a magnetic connection to the base. Now, the question is, just which color would be perfect for your bedside, reading chair, or desk? (Two grey/brown lamps are calling my name, I think.)
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Price: $235.00
Available from: Horne

Steel Drop Lamp by Pulpo

If you’re not to be trusted around delicate glass lamp shades, this Steel Drop Lamp is for you. The perforated steel light screen diffuses light for a soft glow while the opaque metal base gives a hefty, sculptural weight to any room. Place one on a sideboard, table, or on the floor for extra ambience. Available in two sizes and several appealing finishes.
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Price: $525.00 - 665.00
Available from: A+R Store

Eiko Task Lamp

Maybe this little guy will help you get back to work after the summer holiday. Its long, slender arm will hover over your workspace while the LED bulb will provide bright yet low-energy light. The powdercoated matte black finish keeps things simple and enhances the streamlined look.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Fundamental Lamp

Stripes! It evokes a certain Memphis Group flavor, don’t you think? And, yes, you could probably make something similar if you had the tools (so, go ahead, make one). If you know you’re too lazy, then this little lamp by Brendan Timmins will set you back $160. A small price to pay for a cheery, striped light with a pink cord, don’t you think? More designs and colors are on Brendan Timmins’ site; contact him directly for those options.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Leibal