If you are a fan of period dramas like me, you will be accustomed to the scene of a clerk writing with the light of a candle. I don’t know if you have tried doing this but the eyes feel strained pretty quickly.
So thankfully we have electric light bulbs to illuminate our work and living areas now. There have been some advancements recently with lighting and in this post I want to share what is the best desk lamp for eyes. Those that are really ‘eye friendly’ so you can work without that usual eye fatigue after working at your desk for some time.
As I say a lot in this website, it is foundational for eyesight maintenance and improvement that you keep your eyes relaxed and free of strain at all times. Click here to read my post on avoiding computer eye strain for example. A good desk lamp will really assist you with this as well.
What Do The Eyes Need?
I set out below the criteria I used to decide what makes the best desk lamp for eyes:
1. Glare And Flicker Free Illumination
It has got to provide a soft and constant light that is not hard on the eyes. I don’t know which is worse: a very dim light or a light with such a glare that you feel you need sunglasses to shield your eyes from.
2. Brightness and Color Adjustment
Out of the two, I prioritize brightness over color adjustment. Sometimes when you have clocked up the hours in front of the screen, you need to soften the light a little more. A subtle change in the color of the light may also assist with this. So color adjustment, while not essential, is a nice addition. As you will see from the reviews below, the changes in color do not vary wildly. We are talking about a change from soft white to ‘daylight’ for example.
3. Ability To Maneuver The Light
It can be very frustrating if you have a lamp but you can not position the light where you want it to shine. As a result it may be left shining into your face rather than, say, you screen. After a while this is only going to result in eye strain and fatigue.
So with these criteria in mind, I list below what I believe are the best desk lamp for eyes are. I have listed 3 of the best from Amazon.com. The first two are also found on Amazon.co.UK if you are based in the UK. The third is not so I have suggested an equivalent in that make of lamp.
Oh, and one more thing…
I’m sure that you are also interested in the style, sturdiness and cost for these lamps. In my choices I have kept these in mind (well, my idea of a stylish lamp may be very different from yours). But what has informed my choice the most are the three criteria above.
TaoTronics TT-DL16 LED Desk Lamp
This is a great lamp. It provides glare free lighting from its large lamp head.
It has 6 brightness levels and 5 color modes. So plenty of choice to provide you with the right lighting for what your eyes require at any given time. The color modes are: warm white, soft white, natural light, daylight and cool white light.
It has great maneuverability too. You can swivel it from the base and the neck. Even the head of the lamp can be rotated through 90 degrees.
Aside from this lamp ticking all the boxes in terms of its ‘eye friendliness’, it is stylish (as far as I am concerned), it is sturdy (heavy base and full metal body) and while not the cheapest, it is a good value item. Other features include: night light, timer and even a USB port to charge your phone!
Phive CL-L LED Architect Lamp/Task Lamp with Clamp
Another great eye friendly lamp. Instead of a base, this has a clamp. So more for a desk or a work bench than a bed side table light.
Its patented defusion panel produces even, soft and diffused light. It has four 4 brightness levels. But no color adjustment with this one. This feature is available though on the more expensive Phive model though. (Click here if you want to see this one.)
In its design it is similar to the old angle poise lamp but with a modern twist. Like the angle poise lamp it is super maneuverable with a long adjustable arm and head that can be swiveled 180 degrees.
It doesn’t have the same features as the TaoTronics product above, but still produces a great light.
Otus Architect LED Desk Lamp
Back to a lamp with a base here.
The lamp produces a constant and flicker free light source so great for keeping the eyes relaxed. The head produces a wide beam angle.
It has 3 color modes (relax warm, natural daylight and cold daylight) and step less dimming (by increments of 10%)
Additionally, it ticks the box in term of flexibility as well. Its long arms can be moved towards or away from you on its base. The head of the lamp can be rotated too.
Its a modern design and as with the Teotronics product it has a USB port to charge your phone as well. The price of this model is not too steep either.
As I said above, this particular light is not available on Amazon.co.uk. Click here if you wish to view a similar ‘eye care’ lamp that has been produced by Otus.
Let There Be Light!
So there you have it. Manufacturers of desk lamps are now designing their products with eye care in mind. And one of these three lamps will do that for you extremely well.
Before I finish I must add what really compliments a good light when you are working in front of a computer screen is a blue light screen protector. This will shield your eyes from harmful blue light emitted from your screen. You can read all about this product here.
If you do have any questions about these products, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.