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  1. Edit Jigger Desk Lamp - Black & Gold

  2. Lucide Moys Clamp Desk Light - Green

  3. Edit Ascend Plaster Uplighter Floor Lamp - White

  4. Edit Rise Plaster Uplighter Floor Lamp - White

  5. Luxia Sidney Desk Lamp - Bright Nickel

  6. Luxia Chester Desk Lamp - Bright Nickel

  7. Lucide Pepijn Touch Desk Lamp - Black & Gold

  8. Lucide Loras Touch Desk Light - Matt Gold

  9. Lucide Loras Touch Desk Light - Copper

  10. Lucide Moys Clamp Desk Light - Black

  11. Portland Desk Lamp - Black

  12. Portland Desk Lamp - Chrome

  13. Luxia Penzance Desk Lamp - Antique Brass

  14. Luxia Thame Desk Lamp - Antique Brass & Matt Black

  15. Luxia Thame Desk Lamp - Satin Brass & Matt White

  16. Searchlight Flex Clip On Desk Lamp - White

  17. Morgan Bankers lamp - Antique Brass with Green Shade

  18. Endon Hugo Touch Desk Lamp - Satin Chrome

  19. Bankers Desk Lamp

  20. Lucide Sybil Desk Light - Black

  21. Lucide Ludo LED Desk Lamp - Black

  22. Lucide Zozy 4W LED Desk Light - Black

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    Special Price £21.00 Regular Price £41.99
  23. Lucide Levi 5.5W LED Desk Light - Black

  24. Lucide Zozy LED Desk Lamp - Black

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    Special Price £33.59 Regular Price £41.99
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Desk lamps are an essential component of any workspace, whether you’re working from home, or you’re with your co-workers in the office. They provide additional focused brightness that helps to reduce eye strain and enhance your productivity, making them a must have for any desk. Not only does your desk lamp help you to work more comfortably, but it allows you to personalise your working environment, which is important if you’re in a boring corporate environment. 

With a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes available, there is plenty of choice when you’re shopping for a desk lamp. But which style is right for you? With adjustable arms, to brightness levels, and colour temperature, there’s a lot to think about when you’re shopping for a desk lamp. In this guide, we’ll explore the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for desk lamps to help you find the perfect fit for your workspace.

What is the best shape and style of desk lamp for a home office?

There isn’t a ‘best’ shape and style for a desk lamp, since we’re all different and want different things from our desk lamp, depending on how we work, but when choosing a desk lamp for your home office, you’ll want to consider both form and function. A few things you might want to think about: 


  • An adjustable arm allows for greater flexibility in directing light where it’s needed most, reducing eye strain and increasing productivity, and if you switch between computer screen and paperwork, this can be important.
  • A shade can be useful as it helps to diffuse light and prevent glare, so it is easier to focus on work for extended periods of time.
  • LED technology is a popular choice for desk lamps due to its energy efficiency, long lifespan, and versatility in terms of colour temperature and brightness levels.
  • The overall style of your home office and choose a desk lamp that complements the space, whether that’s a modern and minimalist design or a classic and traditional look. 

By taking these factors into account, you’ll be able to narrow down the best shape and style of desk lamp to meet your needs and make your workspace that bit more comfortable.

What colours are desk lamps available in? 

Desk lamps are available in a wide range of colours to match different styles and preferences. Some of the most popular colours for desk lamps include black, white, silver, gold, bronze, and various shades of grey, since they are pretty neutral and can fit in with most décor styles. 

If neutral isn’t your thing, there are desk lamps available in bolder colours such as red, blue, and green, which can add a pop of colour to your workspace, and some also feature patterned or multicoloured shades, which can be a fun addition to your desk. 

What material is best for a desk lamp?

There is no singular best material for a desk lamp, as it largely depends on what you prefer, and the overall style and décor of your workspace, whether that’s your home office, or those of your employer. However, these are the most popular materials that designers like to use for desk lamps:


  • Metal is a popular choice for their durability and sleek, modern look, and the fact they suit most settings. They can be made from a variety of metals, including stainless steel, aluminium, and brass.
  • Plastic desk lamps tend to be lightweight and affordable, and plastic desk lamps tend to be the ones that are different, brighter colours. This makes them a popular option for those on a budget or for kids’ rooms.
  • Wooden desk lamps can add a warm and natural touch to a workspace, and are often used in home offices with a more rustic or traditional feel.

The material you choose for your desk lamp will depend on your personal style and the overall design of your workspace, and what you like – that’s the most important thing. 

How tall should a desk lamp be?

The height of a desk lamp depends on your preferences and the tasks you’ll be using it for. Generally, the bottom of the lampshade should be at, or below eye level when sitting at the desk to minimise glare and eye strain. A good range for the height of a desk lamp is between 16 and 24 inches (40-60cm), but the right height for your desk lamp is one that provides comfortable and effective lighting for you.

In addition to the height, you will probably also want to consider the lamp’s adjustability and whether the arm or head can be angled for more precise lighting. 

Should I choose a desk lamp with a shade or without a shade?

This decision entirely depends on what you prefer, and how you’re going to use the lamp. Desk lamps with shades can offer a more focused and directional light, which may be beneficial for tasks that require concentration, such as reading, writing or working on a computer. They also help to reduce glare and eye strain, and can add another element of style to your desk. On the other hand, desk lamps without shades can offer a more diffused, softer light that is better for ambient lighting, so if you don’t need your lamp for reading or other types of work, a desk lamp without a shade might suit you. 

Should I choose a desk lamp with an adjustable arm or fixed position?

An adjustable arm desk lamp may be more suitable if you work on a variety of tasks throughout the day, as you can easily adjust the light to suit each task, and it can be useful if you have a smaller workspace, as it allows you to direct the light exactly where you need it. However, a fixed position desk lamp can also have its benefits, so if you’re just looking to add extra ambient lighting, and don’t need to adjust the direction of the light, then a fixed lamp might be right for you. 

What type of bulb should I use in my desk lamp?

LED bulbs are a popular choice for desk lamps due to their many benefits. They are energy efficient and use less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, so using an LED bulb will keep your electricity bills low. LED bulbs also have a longer lifespan, so they don’t need to be replaced as frequently, which can save you money in the long run. 

LED bulbs also offer a variety of brightness and colour temperatures to choose from, allowing you to customise the lighting to your specific needs and preferences. Some can be adjusted while they are in use, so you can start the day with an energising bright white hue, and adjust it to a warmer white as the day goes on, or if you’re working into the evening. 

How do I choose the right brightness for my desk lamp?

Choosing the right brightness for your desk lamp depends on your specific needs and preferences. Generally, task lighting for reading, writing, or other work-related tasks should be between 400 and 1,000 lumens. For ambient lighting, a lower brightness of around 200 to 400 lumens is suitable. It’s also worth considering the colour temperature of the light, with cooler white tones being better for task lighting and warmer tones being better for ambient lighting. 

Many modern desk lamps have adjustable brightness and colour temperature options built in, allowing you to customise the lighting to your specific needs. If you’re unsure, try out different brightness levels and colour temperatures to find the ideal setting for your work environment.

Can desk lamps be dimmed?

Yes, many desk lamps can be dimmed. Some desk lamps come with a built-in dimmer switch that allows you to adjust the brightness, while others may require the use of a separate dimmer switch. Alternatively, you might use an LED smart bulb. Additionally, some desk lamps, and smart bulbs have adjustable colour temperature options, so you can switch between warm and cool light settings to suit your needs.

Can desk lamps be connected to smart home systems?

Yes, many modern desk lamps can be connected to smart home systems for convenient control and customisation. This can be done through the use of smart bulbs, which can be connected to a home Wi-Fi network and controlled through a smartphone app or voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

With smart lighting, you can easily turn the lights on and off, adjust the brightness, and even change the colour temperature using just your voice or your phone. They may also allow you to create custom lighting scenes, set schedules, and control your lights when you’re away from home. 

Our final thoughts

A good desk lamp is a crucial tool for any workspace, whether you’re working from home or in an office. With the right brightness, colour temperature, and style, a desk lamp can enhance productivity and reduce eye strain. At Lighting Direct, we understand the importance of finding the right desk lamp, which is why we offer a Change Your Mind Guarantee, allowing you to return or exchange your item within 30 days of delivery. Browse our range of desk lamps today and find the perfect one to suit your needs and style.