Once you've made sure you're getting enough sleep and taking regular breaks, you might think you've maxed out on your productivity. But you can juice it even further by simply making your desk a more appealing place to work. The cornerstone of that setup should be a beautiful desk lamp, which'll not only make it easier to actually see the work you have to do, but also bring you quiet pleasure each time you glance up from your screen or page.
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1/15 Flos Kelvin LED Green Mode I
$395 Buy Now at FLOS
An ultra-flexible model with an on/off sensor and a unique square LED panel. The future is very bright.
2/15 Pablo Designs Pixo Optical LED Table Lamp
$260 Buy Now at Design Within Reach
The gold accent is just present enough to inspire your hustle. You'll be able to afford that incredible gold chain in no time.
3/15 Luxo L1 Task Light with Clamp and Arm
$270 Buy Now at Amazon
If it's good enough to be recreated and turned into a bouncing letter in the Pixar logo, it's good enough for you.
4/15 Anglepoise Mini Mini Desk Lamp
$150 Buy Now at MoMA Design Store
Like the Pixar lamp, but with a much bigger shade. And because for some reason it plugs in via USB-A, you can power it with your computer!
5/15 Wastberg w084t2 Studioilse Task Light
$650 Buy Now at Horne
The perfect balance between professional and whimsical, largely thanks to that braided red cord.
6/15 Artemide Null Vector Table Lamp
$447 Buy Now at Surrounding
The perforated shade means this industrial task lamp will also provide a little soft ambient lighting.
7/15 Aerin Charlton Table Lamp
$510 Buy Now at Circa Lighting
This masterpiece's conical metal shade will bathe your work in beautiful light, even if the work doesn't deserve it.
8/15 Humanscale Horizon Table Lamp, Twilight Blue
$400 Buy Now at Crate and Barrel
A streamlined and reversed version of the Enterprise from Star Trek, except this one won't crash land onto Veridian III.
9/15 Rejuvination Stem Table Lamp
A golden boy that will cast a warm glow on everything it touches.
10/15 CB2 x GQ Ripley All-Black Table Lamp
$180 Buy Now at CB2
Shameless self promotion, but we can't help ourselves! This lamp from the CB2 x GQ collection is an asbolute banger.
11/15 West Elm USB Task Lamp
$120 Buy Now at West Elm
Its spine is curved so this lamp's light will land exactly over your notebook, and has a built in USB port for charging your phone.
12/15 Artemide Tolomedo Table Lamp
$380 Buy Now at YLighting
There's something about the delicate, exposed beams and small shade of this lamp that reminds one of an elegant bird.
13/15 HAY Matin Table Lamp
$225 Buy Now at MoMA Design Store
The folded paper shade of this HAY lamp won't literally cool you down, but it might help you feel a bit more relaxed as you attempt to tackle those expense reports.
14/15 Kelly Wearstler Cleo Desk Lamp
$695 Buy Now at Circa Lighting
Don't try to fit square pegs into round holes, this lamp reminds you as you attempt to balance the books.
15/15 Lite Source Halotech LED Desk Lamp
$83 Buy Now at Amazon
A halogen version of this lamp has a long track record of good performance, but you should probably buy this LED version. The planet, and your wallet, will thank you.