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Task Lighting

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

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

Winkel 127 Table Lamp

The Winkel 127 Table Lamp boasts quite a few features for a smaller task lamp. First off, it’s made of solid fiberglass reinforced biopolyamide, which is made from “over 60 per cent renewable material derived from castor oil.” That makes it recyclable at the end of its lifespan. However, with a very energy-efficient multi-chip LED light system, that won’t be anytime soon.

Optimal light distribution, micro gas springs (that means “good movement patterns”), glare protection, a dimmer… what more would you want in a desk lamp? Oh, it also has a built-in timer that automatically turns off the lamp after five hours, so it has a not-so-subtle way of telling you it’s time for bed. Yes, please.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

Less For Less Desk Lamp

Is this the thinnest desk lamp you’ve ever seen? A very slender metal tube bent into a perfect corner comprises the Less For Less Desk Lamp. Could it take up any less room? It’s doubtful; just check out its almost-not-there base. It’s safe to say it won’t get in your way. LED lights will save energy while providing ample light for your workspace.
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Price: $540.00
Available from: Luminaire

Polo Table Lamp

An articulated task lamp is essential if you’re at your desk in the early morning or very late at night, though let’s hope you’re not working too hard. Check out the Polo Table Lamp, with its small footprint and long, skinny arms. Three joints allow for precise illumination and smooth movement, both a must when you’re in a work zone. A succinct shade takes up little visual space, allowing for a minimal vibe that fits your workspace perfectly.
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Price: $443.00
Available from: Gessato

Theorem Desk Lamp

Inspired by the hypotenuse of a right triangle, this smaller LED lamp will tuck in nicely amongst your other desk items. You do remember what a hypotenuse is, right? The Theorem Desk Lamp from DAMM is made from hand turned solid Ash base, cerused (I had to look up what that meant), with a natural beeswax finish. And, if you’d like an alternate color scheme, here you go: Theorem – Black.
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Price: $375.00
Available from: DAMM

Kelvin LED Table Lamp

LED lamps are obviously energy efficient, and this one has a pretty large spread of light considering its size. With a 359 degree swiveling head and a double pantograph arm, you can easily position it just the way you want. It’s a smart choice for a simple/modern task lamp, and you won’t have to sacrifice warm, soft light for energy efficiency.
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Price: $378.25
Available from: DWR

Curio Design Lighting

Standout colors plus precise LED technology is what puts these super thin table and task lights by Curio Design on the map. Utilizing Light Guide technology- usually used in scanners and copiers- the light pipe is renewed for today’s world by a snazzy new suit of various colors. Oh, and, of course, each light fixture from Curio has Bluetooth connectivity, so you can control it using your smartphone or tablet.
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Price: $250.00 - 320.00
Available from: Curio Lighting Home

Brick Lamp

Maybe you’re a no-nonsense sort of person, and if so, maybe you’d like the Brick Lamp by Philippe Malouin. It’s a task light, that’s for sure, but it’s reduced down to the bare essentials. The aluminum light rod (with LEDs) may be moved by shifting/poking it through the holes of the concrete “brick” base. Would this fit within the industrial aesthetic arena? Yes, indeed. The Brick Lamp will provide a visual weight (and physical heft) to your work area.
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Price: $220.00
Available from: A+R Store

Birdy T Table Lamp

Some of the new offerings from Forestier are interesting enough to mention, one of which is this Birdy T Table Lamp. A handful of materials (metal, marble, stone, and cloth cord) make for a simple, white T-shape lamp that would fit on a desk or side table quite well. LEDs give you energy efficiency without sacrificing the brightness you need to read by, and the 4 feet of red fabric cord adds a nice pop of color against the otherwise all-white body. Also be sure to check out the Deposit Table Lamp, which has a similar look but a more concentrated beam.

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Price: $662.40
Available from: YLighting

Thin Light

How’s this for an elegant task light? The Thin Light by designer Peter Bristol can stretch out to about three feet across a desk, yet when folded only takes up a minimal vertical space. A ball joint at the base allows for multi directional movement and 33 high-powered dimmable LEDs produce over 500 lumens- that’s enough for an even, warm white light.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: MATTER

Hangman Task Lamp

When a modern lamp has a USB port and costs $150, it’s worth a look. Designed by Studio 1A.M and sold by CB2, this little task light has an inset panel of LEDs for a warm glow and a red woven cord and switch for a primary pop of contrast.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: CB2

Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp

Today’s the last day of DWR’s Living Room Sale, which might not mean much to you until you are reminded that this includes some lighting, like the Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp you see above. You can save 15% off it or any other item in the sale (do be sure to look at the Floor Lamp), so take a browse before the savings end.
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Price: $211.65 (sale)
Available from: DWR

Pablo Clamp Lamp

Task lights tend towards the metal/utilitarian look, and that’s why this wooden Clamp Lamp stands out. Whether you choose walnut or white oak, the wood gives a certain charm and warmth, and the seemingly simple design of 3 components gives a wide variety of positions for focused light.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: 2modern

Quattro LED Task Lamp

Degree, Quattro, what are we here, a drugstore? Despite that bad imagery, turn your eyes toward the new Quattro LED Task Lamp by Robert Sonneman and Peter Polick. If Mondrian and Rietveld come to mind, you’re not alone- the black, yellow and red finish along with the rectilinear form are spot on De Stijl, and if you’re not familiar with those names, do yourself a favor and follow the links (it’s difficult to fully appreciate modern design without knowing its roots). Back to the lamp- it uses Flat Panel LED technology to produce an even and glare-free light. There’s also touchless dimming control thanks to an optical sensor. Also available in black, white, and aluminum finish if the red/yellow/black doesn’t suit your taste.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: YLighting

 
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