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Best desk lamps for your home office: illuminating designs to help you work

Abha Shah
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With many of us working from home until the end of the year at least, it’s never been a better time to get your home office in order.

While you may have picked out the perfect desk, chair and office accessories to get you into work mode, with the days getting shorter, there’s one more piece of the puzzle to slot into place - the desk lamp.

An essential piece of lighting to save your eyes from strain as well as creating more ambience than your main room light, the humble desk lamp comes in many forms.

For those who are switched onto the latest trends, there are plenty of statement looks on offer, from the whimsical lighting options of Italian design house Seletti to illuminating collabs between big brands, like Anglepoise and Paul Smith. Then there are basic lights, minimal in both form and function that allow you to plug in and power through the nine to five.

Whatever your style, we’ve rounded up our favourites and shone a spotlight on them below.

It’s time to get your home office lit; shop now.

FORSÅ Work lamp, black

With an elegant design and a wide range of angles, IKEA’s work lamp is perfect for anyone WFH this winter, whether you’re logged onto your computer, writing, drawing or making. IKEA recommends you fit this lamp with an LED bulb E14 chandelier opal white, and it really goes the distance. With occasional use, we haven’t had to replace the bulb in almost four years. Available in white, silver, burgundy and gold as well as black.


£12 | IKEA

Art Knacky Cheetah Table Lamp

A table lamp with oodles of charm, we’re obsessed with this ceramic and brushed brass design that features a lounging jungle cat at its base. It’s finished with a linen lampshade and features an on/off switch for easy operation. Measuring a maximum of 30cm in diameter, it is a rather large lamp, but with one so fabulous, we’re happy to make room for it.


£198 | Anthropologie

Anglepoise + Paul Smith Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp, Edition 1

This fun lamp is a great example of what can happen when two major design brands put their stylish heads together. This Edition 1 lamp sports a multicoloured stand in classic Paul Smith colours and comes with a lifetime guarantee for total peace of mind.


£140 | John Lewis

Shop the Anglepoise + Paul Smith collection at John Lewis

Ero Blue Velvet Shade Table & Desk Lamp Large

Daydreaming of a getaway? Add some boutique hotel chic to your desk with this on-trend lamp, which features a velvet-wrapped base and wide cream coloured shade. Operates with a rocker switch and takes an E27 bulb.


£125 | Oliver Bonas

Leiden Grey Desk Lamp

Cast a wide, golden glow with this lamp from Dunelm, which also comes in a cheerful ochre as well as grey. The large domed head and curved neck will make it a stylish addition to your workspace.


£22 | Dunelm

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