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Task Lighting

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.

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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.


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
Available from: YLighting

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.”

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