The 10 Best Desk Lamps for Optimal Lighting in Your Home Office (2020)

Home offices. They're our new reality. With a few months of working from home under your belt, you might be deciding it's time to upgrade that home office. Perhaps with a new desk lamp?

One of the secrets to the perfect home office is the perfect lighting. You want your desk to be well-lit, but a clunky light that takes up half your desk is not it. The right lighting can make or break your desk. A good light helps to set the tone for everything you're doing, and a bad light leaves you squinting and frustrated for hours.

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We've found the perfect desk lamps that will have you focused all day long at your home office.

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Sleek and simple

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Back in my day, lamps did one thing: they provided light. Lamps have seriously grown up since then. This simple and sleek black number might look like it doesn't have any bells and whistles but hooo boy does it pack a punch. It includes both a USB charging port and a wireless charger, plus it has 5 different modes and brightness levels, and an auto-off timer. It won't take up excess space on your desk, but it will give you all the features you want.

Snag some extra storage

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If our first option was the best choice if you want your lamp to take up absolutely no space, our second option is best if you want to optimize your space. This one is both a phone stand and a pen holder so that you can free up space on your desk. It also features the ability to use it as a nightlight, USB charging, and a flexible goose neck. I personally love the goose neck design if I'm working on a small or detailed project that needs close up light.

Charge it

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I have a lot of gadgets and all of those gadgets need to be charged. This combo power outlet/lamp meets all of my needs. It has 4 USB ports and 2 outlets, which is enough to satisfy all but the most tech heavy of us. The reviews also sing the praises of the ultra long extension cord. No matter where your bedside table or desk is, this lamp can get there and charge up anything else that needs some power.

Take up literally no space

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If you're like me, you're incredibly protective of your desk space. I need that for my 75 coffee cups thank you very much. This LED desk lamp takes up literally no desk space, because it clamps onto the side of your table instead. This lamp is extra cool because it also has five different color modes, so you can throw yourself a mini disco while you work.

This lamp looks cooler than you

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I can't deny that part of my interest in this lamp is the fact that it looks like something out of The Matrix. If that's your style, you've come to the right place. Of course that's not the only thing that's appealing about it: it's energy-saving, and has five different brightness levels. You can dim it, you can change the color, and you can twist the gooseneck any direction you want. It's like the sleeker big brother of some of our other picks.

Clock lamp!

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You've heard of clock radios, but make way for clock lamp! Taking all the features of our other choices and adding an extra one, this lamp looks like something out of the future. It's got a large display so that you can see the time, the date, and even the temperature. Not only that, the lamp is wireless so that you're not tethered to outlets. It's got multiple ways to adjust so that you can get the perfect lighting situation no matter where you are.

Design time

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Maybe you just want a desk lamp that, you know, provides light. You're looking for something with beautiful design that complements your overall desk aesthetic. This sleek and stylish lamp is the one for you. It has a bit of an old-school feel with the industrial design, but the gold finish grants it just the right amount of polish. Plus it throws plenty of light.


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Or maybe you like a real throwback and want the OG style of lamp. This is basically like the Pixar lamp in real life. Of course there's a reason that this classic design is popular: it's sturdy, you can move it every which way, and you get tons of light. Plus it gives your desk that special nostalgic something.

Wood and metal

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Edison bulbs are the style of lightbulb that lets you see all the inner workings of the light. They're pretty cool. This lamp features the perfect place for an Edison bulb: a simple design that's modern and industrial, it will fit in any space. Plus it's got a solid base that won't take up too much desk real estate.

Yeah it's a ring light

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You know we couldn't end this list without a ring light. But this ain't yo mama's ring light. It functions perfectly as a full desk lamp: it's got multiple colors and brightness levels, it can sit on your desk or clamp on the side, and it has multiple joints so you can move it. But you know when you're sitting in your Zoom meeting and wish your lighting was doing a little bit more for you? That's what this lamp is for.