Task Lighting

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″

More information:

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,
Buy it here.

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

Talak Lamp with Base

A slight sale on the stunning Talak Lamp collection…

-Body in injection molded thermoplastic incorporating miniature T2 fluorescent light source.
-Body rotates 360 degrees on the horizontal plane and can be adjusted in height by sliding it along its stem.
-Body in matte white powder coated finish.
-Stem in polished chrome steel.


Talak Table Lamp with Base
, Reg.: $598.50 Sale: $478.80, available at YLighting

also available:
Talak Wall Light, Reg.: $540.75 Sale: $432.60,
available at YLighting
Talak Clamp Lamp, Reg.: $572.25 Sale: $457.80, available at YLighting

Purchase Information:

Price: $598.50
Available from: YLighting

Tolomeo Clip Spot Lamp

Based on the award winning Tolomeo Desk Lamp (1987), the tolomeo spot lamp has all the features of the original with the convenience and portability of a clip on.

The Tolomeo design features a matte anodized aluminum diffuser that swivels 360 degrees and can be easily turned with a cool-to-the-touch steel handle. Able to be positioned anywhere indirect or direct lighting is needed, the Clip Spot is suitable for shelf, pipe or table mounting. The on/off switch is incorporated in the lamp holder. Bulb (not included): incandescent 100W/120V/E26/A19. UL listed.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Availability: Buy Tolomeo Clip Spot Lamp here

One-Line Clamp Lamp by Artemide

As far as task lighting goes, there’s usually not a whole world of exciting options, so that’s why it’s very nice to see something such as this…a contemporary clamp light that takes up minimal space as well as energy.

“The award-winning One-Line Clamp Lamp by Artemide, designed by Ora-Ito, uses Fluorescent lighting in its compact polycarbonate diffuser to brighten at-desk tasks. Artemide designs and manufactures flexible and adaptable contemporary lighting products that create optimum visual precision and consume minimum environmental resources.”

Dimensions:
Above Table: Height 15 in.
Below Table: Reach 11.6 in., Depth 4.8 in.
Diffuser: Width 1.5 in., Reach 22.5 in.
Maximum Table Thickness: 2.5 in.

Purchase Information:

Price: $409.00
Availability: Buy One-Line Clamp Lamp by Artemide here

Adesso Architect Desk Lamp

Here’s a great little desk lamp that looks very high-end with a rather low-end price tag. One would look great in any modern office and two would work really well for bedside tables.

– Desk lamp with fabric pleated shade
– Satin-finish steel base
– In-line switch
– Requires 60-watt standard bulb

Update: This item is no longer available for $49.00 through original retailer, however I did find it on Amazon for $120. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.27
Availability: Buy Adesso Architect Desk Lamp here

Isao Hosoe: Hebi Lamp

Did you know that ‘Hebi’ translates to ‘Snake’ in Japanese? This little lamp can twist in every direction, which allows you to shed light any which where you please- even the shade rotates. Created in 1970, this lamp is one of the many icons of 20th century design. It holds a rightful place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Flexible metal tube covered in PVC.

Size: ca. 3.5″ Diameter lamp shade x 19.68″ long fully extended.

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Availability: Buy Isao Hosoe: Hebi Lamp here

 
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