11 Desk Lamps to Lighten Any Task

Just because a desk lamp needs to be functional doesn’t mean it can’t look good, too. Here are 11 of our favorite "taskmasters."

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  1. Industrial Task Table Lamp


    With a range of colors to suit any room and a swivel head that lets you direct light wherever it's needed, this classic industrial-look task light is one of the most versatile on our list. You just can’t go wrong with this desk lamp. At West Elm; $79 to $99.

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  2. Antler Table Lamp


    Available in white, black, chrome, or gold, the Superordinate Antler Table Lamp will probably be the most unusual item on your desk. Warning: It is prone to encourage daydreams of being outdoors. At Roll & Hill; $270.

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  3. Excel Desk Lamp


    The Excel Desk Lamp offers a customizable drum shade (red, black, or white) and different voltage options. As if this weren't enough, you can also purchase a floor, chandelier, or sconce version to match. At Roll & Hill; $390.

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  4. Emerson Desk Lamp


    Another option featuring an attractive use of wood, the Emerson Light is the most minimal offering on our list, but that doesn’t mean it isn't maximally useful: The light bulb swivels on the brass fitting, making the lamp both sleek and functional. At onefortythree; $115.

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  5. Modo Desk Lamp


    The Modo Desk Lamp, another customizable option on our list, can be built in a variety of finishes, including polished nickel, brushed brass, black, and bronze, and comes equipped with a cream, clear, or smoke glass bulb. Without a shade, this desk light is sure to help keep you awake when you need to pull an all-nighter. At Matter; $679.


  6. Vintage Task Lamp


    A working vintage lamp can be hard to find. This modern-day interpretation, made of solid iron and painted with a vintage finish, truly looks the part—and you won’t have to worry about its shorting out. At PBteen; $79.


  7. Graduate Lamp

    Graduate lamp

    Simultaneously retro and futuristic, the Graduate Lamp has a small footprint and won’t take up a lot of room on your desk. Its stylish and flexible look can accommodate a variety of decors. At Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; $189.


  8. Stilt Table Lamp

    Stilt table lamp

    In a category overrun by aluminum, brass, and steel entries, the Stilt Table Lamp's graceful wooden base stands out. Select the walnut base to suit more traditional decors, or the white ash option to seamlessly blend into a modern tablescape. At Blu Dot; $299.


  9. Lore Lamp


    The adjustable arm of the Lore Lamp allows you to direct light just where it’s needed. The classic, timeless design complements a variety of interiors, ensuring that this is a lamp you'll have for a very long time. At Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; $175.


  10. Graham Table Lamp

    Graham table lamp

    This brass beauty will be a standout in your home office. The Graham Table Lamp isn’t just a pretty face, though—the arms are fully adjustable, so this light is really up to any task. At Crate and Barrel; $199.


  11. Monogram Table Lamp


    Customization just doesn't get more individual than a monogram! For a desktop accessory that will be uniquely yours, the Monogram Table Lamp’s brass shade can be personalized with custom lettering. At The Future Perfect; $2,500.

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