15 Best Desk Lamps for Every Space

Work comes easy beneath the glow of a pretty, new desk lamp.

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July 27, 2023

No workspace is complete without a pretty and practical desk lamp in the mix. These light fixtures are office essentials because they set the tone for productivity and warmth in your space. Desk lamps come in all shapes and sizes, with many catering to specific workplace needs.

Examples include storage-clad desk lamps, after-hours reading desk lamps, space-saving clamp lamps and, yes, desk lamps with built-in wireless phone chargers.
Get your workspace in order with a desk lamp that reflects your style and serves your needs. We're exploring superlative desk lamps for every style and budget below so you can finish off your home office design with flair and function.

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If you feel like your desk looks a bit sterile, this one's for you. The Linear Wood LED USB Lamp is a study of contrast. The eye-catching desk lamp boasts a contemporary silhouette enlivened by a rich mix of aged brass and grained walnut finishes. The results? A warm, cozy light fixture that takes the sting out of diving into tasks each morning.

$309.99 $209.99
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Two is, in fact, better than one with this dapper desk lamp. The double desk lamp draws inspiration from midcentury design with two curved brass arms that end with contrasting-black conical shades. The circular base wears the same inky hue for a visually balanced, symmetrical design. Snag this handsome duo to brighten your modern, contemporary or eclectic workspace.

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A monochrome finish and minimalist silhouette make this desk lamp a must-have for your modern or contemporary workspace. The shapely task lamp boasts clean lines that shine in any office without overwhelming the workspace. Snag the gold finish pictured here for a pop of edged-up glamour.

$49.99 $42.99
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Up your cool factor with this striking gooseneck desk lamp. The shapely design comes equipped with a sleek metal arm that's adjustable in three different places. Make this eye-catching design a polished permanent fixture on your glass-top desk or iron-framed worktable.

$90 $70
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Keep your workspace feeling energized — yet calm — with diffused light. This conical lamp is prepared to deliver with its airy-white shade and luxe brass hardware. Even better? This sleek little number boasts an airy wood USB charger base that brings refinement to bleak cubicles and cramped closet offices alike.

$150 $69.99
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The Nourison Mushroom Lamp is equal parts whimsical and sleek, making it a failproof investment for any desk or bedside table. The bold silhouette and muted gold finish demand attention while adding a playful appeal to otherwise orderly spaces. Treat yourself to one mushroom lamp or snag a pair in your choice of mod finishes: gold, matte black, silver and glossy white.

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Get down to business and look good doing it with this dreamy banker's lamp heading your desk. The brass-finished design is poised to elevate any workspace with its classic silhouette, black marble base and aged finish. Style your lamp on a traditional walnut desk with leatherboard books, or nestle it on a white-lacquered table with colorful desk accessories for a fresh look.

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Embrace the less-is-more mentality with our top wireless charging lamp pick. This industrial-style desk lamp puts in overtime, washing your workspace with light and charging your cell in-between phone calls. Scoop it up in a brushed brass hue or opt for the edgy black finish to create instant contrast in your office design.

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Bring midcentury flair to your workspace with this sleek, sculptural desk lamp. The mod design features a whisper-thin base that gives way to a dramatic bowl shade. A lustrous brass finish rounds out the desk lamp with glamour.

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Storage, USB port and stylish lamp for under 20 bucks? You can't beat this one. The LED Organizer Task Lamp from Room Essentials at Target is our top pick for anyone office-shopping on a budget or settling into a dorm room this fall. Each lamp features a flexible neck for easy adjustment and comes in your choice of six chic hues: black, white, mint, light gray, navy or pink.

$98 $69.95
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If there was ever a light fixture that could convince us to go topless (with our lamps, of course), it’s this beauty. The Edison-style desk lamp comes fitted with brass-finished iron hardware encased in an airy acrylic base. Bonus: This shade-free style offers ample light, providing a much-needed energy boost when you're burning the midnight oil to meet a deadline.

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This darling, petite desk lamp wins our top spot for kids by a landslide. The dome shade design is adorable, of course, but the best part is the touch-activated sensor that makes turning the lamp on and off easy for kids of all ages. Bring it home for your little one's desk in their choice of three finishes: white, pale pink or black.

$70.05 $58.99
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This gooseneck desk lamp is the modern fixture you never knew you needed to polish off your home office design. It's crafted from metal and features a handsome finish of black, pewter and walnut brown. Style your gooseneck with traditional trimmings or lean into its streamlined look with contemporary finishes.

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Read with ease using this handy clip-on desk lamp. The space-saving design clips to the edge of your desk or table, allowing you to spread out your supplies and make the most of your workspace. Plus, this beauty features an adjustable neck that makes narrowing in on specific passages a breeze. Choose between the crisp white, black or brushed nickel finish to complement the rest of your office furnishings.

$42.99 $31.99
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Set your teen up for success with this glossy storage task lamp. The lacquered design features a timeless cone shade, an adjustable neck and a built-in cup holder to keep writing utensils within reach. Bring it home in one of seven fresh finishes: black, blue, green, orange, pink, red or white.

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