Our 12 Favorite Desk Lamps for Your Home Office, Dorm Room and More

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

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July 22, 2021

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 aesthetic and age below so you can finish off your home office design with flair and function.


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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Get down to business and look good doing it with this drool-worthy banker’s lamp heading your desk. The luxe design is poised to elevate any workspace with its marble base and brushed-brass shade. 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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Up your cool factor with this striking coulee desk lamp. The shapely design comes equipped with an adjustable brass arm and dramatic black dome shade. Make this eye-catching design a polished permanent fixture on your glass-top desk or iron-framed worktable.

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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, orange or pink.

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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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A monochrome finish and minimalist silhouette make this desk lamp a must-have for your modern or contemporary workspace. The adjustable task lamp boasts clean lines that shine in any office without overwhelming the workspace in the process. Snag the snowy shade pictured here or bring home the same sleek design in the matte black or gold for a punch of glamour.

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This darling double desk lamp wins our top spot for kids by a landslide. The dual shade design is adorable, of course, but the piece-de-resistance is the touch technology that makes switching the lamp on and off easy for kids of all ages. Bring it home for your little one’s desk in their choice of four finishes: olive green, pale pink, warm blue or unicorn-worthy white iridescent.

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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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Two is, in fact, better than one with this dapper desk lamp. The double desk lamp draws inspiration from midcentury design with two crossed brass arms and topped with contrasting black shades. The rectangular base wears the same inky hue for a visually balanced, symmetrical design. Snag this handsome duo to brighten your modern, industrial or eclectic workspace.

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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 four fresh finishes: navy, red, pink or white.

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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 glam gold or brushed nickel finish to complement the rest of your office furnishings.

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