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Task Lighting

LIM360 Table Task Lamp

So slender, so orange… but, don’t worry, it’s available in other colors. The LIM360 provides a super efficient lighting source to your desktop/table thanks to (you guessed it) a continuous array of high-output, energy-saving LEDs. A 360° arm rotation will come in handy, and, as an extra bonus, there’s an integrated USB port for charging mobile devices.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: HORNE

w081t2 Table Lamp

Prepare yourself for a higher-than-normal price tag, and then admire how this lamp hides most of its technical side under a very simple and clean exterior. As a task lamp, rotation and counter balance are necessary, and the designer, Claesson Koivisto Rune, intended to make this lamp self-explanatory and no-nonsense. As he states, “This lamp almost designed itself. Arm, elbow, head. And light.” 30-year rated 9W LEDs equals a very low level of power consumption.
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Price: $500.00
Available from: shopHorne.com

Trapeze LED Table Light

Whoa, this lamp is something else. The rounded counterweights are distinctly sculptural, and the 3-axis range of motion means you’ll get an even warm light (thanks to the LEDs) wherever you need it. Aluminum spherical joints allow for fluid-yet-precise movement. On a personal note, my workspace lamp recently bit the dust and I opted to upgrade to the Trapeze- the movement of the arm is pretty fantastic. Wherever you move the head, it stays, which is exactly what is needed from a task light. Two thumbs up.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: YLighting

Lightbook

Shine some light on your books with this small portable lamp. It slides under books (or rests on top) to provide a diffused light right where you need it. I’d say it’s a tad too small for a proper task light, as you may note when checking the dimensions. Instead, consider it specifically for those dark bookshelves instead.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Articulating Task Lamp

So, take a look at this vintage inspired task lamp. Industrial and quite authentic looking, isn’t it? Thankfully, there’s no worries as to old wires and faulty electrics, as this baby is brand new. Three swivel ball joints allows for proper lighting while the heavy stone base keeps things stable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

Reach LED Desk Lamp

This sleek-yet-solid desk lamp is a new dark horse of task lighting. I recently received a sample and I was quite pleased with the heft and overall feel of it. The actual movement of the arm has a nice tension so that it stays at the exact angle you prefer, and as it’s an LED, it provides a great deal of concentrated light without much heat. The arm/shade rotates around so you can use it as a task or reading light, or if you rotate it up, it gives off a nice ambient light. There’s a floor lamp version ($387.03) as well. It looks a little Bauhaus too, don’t you think?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $269.24
Available from: Lighting Universe

Facet Lamps

For his series of Facet Lamps, designer Brendan Ravenhill drew inspiration from industrial light fixtures. Cleverly though, he forgoes manufacturing processes such as spun metal or ceramics that are traditionally used to create these lamps, and utilized an array of cut and bent sheet metal, creating a geometric pattern that is uniquely modern, yet still evokes the spirit of the original industrial shades. I don’t know if the light shining through at the bends was intentional or a byproduct of manufacture, but either way I love it.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Edge Light

Man-oh-man, here’s one killer task light. Amanda Levete showcases the new technology of OLED lighting in a twisting, flat ribbon of steel, with only the cord to offset the powder coated (or polished) surface. What’s so special about OLED lighting, you might wonder. Apparently it’s a super-thin, lightweight panel that casts an even glow without glare, flickering or excessive heat. Impressive, yes, but for now let’s just admire the beauty of this self-supporting form from afar, at least until the technology becomes a bit more affordable.

Available in powder coated or polished stainless steel with a red, yellow or blue cord.
H 11.2″ x L 19.7″ x D 14.6″
Cable L 78.8″
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,500.00
Available from: MATTER

Truncheon Task Light

This here is one impressive looking lamp.  It may be hard to see from the picture, but the wooden fixture has a “scalloped-edge ring effect” across its length, creating a pretty neat visual and physical texture. It’s available in Maple or Walnut, with a Bronze or Hydrocal (Plaster) base. The light itself is supplied by cool and efficient LED bulbs.

Designer: Commonwealth
Maple or Walnut, Bronze or Hydrocal Base
Body dimensions: L 26.75″ x Diam. 3.5″
Base dimensions: H 19″ x Diam. 7.5″

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View Truncheon Task Light here

z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

Here’s a rather affordable LED lamp that will fit well within a modern workspace. Consuming only 9 watts, this light has a built-in 4 or 6 step dimmer (mini or regular size), giving you the option to pick just the right amount of light that you need for your task.

Available in daylight and warm-white light models.
Available in White, Silver, Red, or Black.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.95
Available from: emmohome

Copeland Light

This is pretty affordable compared to some of the other task lights out there. Two sizes are available (Compact or Standard) and you can mount it on a regular base or table clamp (panel, slatwall, or grommet mount also available).

Black or Silver.
Manufacturer: Knoll
Designer: Stephan Copeland

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: YLiving

Trask Lamps

Hold onto your hats, because you can customize the shape of this lamp by bending it however you want. Check out the site for more pictures and information.

The Trask Lamp is a flat-packed, LED light source. Sculpt Trask Lamp into table, task, or track lighting — whatever suits your space! Trask Lamp makes LED lighting affordable and truly customizable. Developed as a follow up to our Bendant Lamp, Trask Lamp takes efficiency one-step further in using LED as a light source.

Color options: Silver, White and Chartreuse
Measurements: Length: 42.35 in / 107.5 cm 4 in / 10 cm Max.

Trask Lamp, $225.00, Buy it here.

Also pictured: Trask Lamp (Suspension), $250.00,
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Purchase Information:

Price: $225.00
Availability: Buy Trask Lamps here

Wastberg Collection

Though my personal favorite remains the Studioilse lamp, the whole Wastberg Collection is incredibly impressive. (Also, with only a few days left of DWR’s sale (15% off is valid through March 18, 2009), it’s decision time if you’re considering any purchases.)

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Pablo Link Task Lamp

This lamp is an excellent choice for task lighting; 18 high-power LEDs make it brighter than other LED desk lamps and at full power it consumes only 9W (97% less energy than a task lamp using a comparable incandescent light bulb). Plus, it’s got a smart L-shaped base so it can stay at the corner of your desk without interfering with your workspace.

Designed for easy disassembly of minimal component parts enables reclamation and recycling, Link is an efficient, sustainable, cradle-to-cradle design. As in many of Stathis’ designs, great attention was placed on efficiency, both in conceptualizing the design as well as in its material realization. By utilizing the minimum number of component parts (all purposed for more than one function), and reducing their overall mass to only that which is deemed essential, a behind-the-scenes goal of hyper-efficient manufacturing and best environmental stewardship is achieved.

Designer: Peter Stathis
Height: 33″ (max) x 9.5″ W x 9.5″ D

$380.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Availability: Buy Pablo Link Task Lamp here

Ninety Task Light

Sure, not everyone’s going to plunk down $500 for a lamp, but it is an excellent, excellent design. If you have it for the next thirty years, you could say it’s worth the $1.38 per month that it averages out to be, but then, I guess you could use that formula to justify buying anything expensive.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00
Availability: Buy Ninety Task Light here

 
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