Best Swing Arm Desk Lamp Windows Central 2019

Desks are fantastic pieces of furniture that serve as awesome workstations, but their usefulness is severely hampered if you can't see what you're doing on them. There are a myriad of lamps available on the market that can help you keep your desk well-lit, and one of the best kinds are swing arm lamps, which are highly adjustable and often look pretty cool. Of all the different swing arms available, we think that the Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp is the best option, as it's bright, can extend up to almost 33 inches, and can rotate 180 degrees ⁠— all for a very solid price.

Best Overall: Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp

Of all the different swing lamps available to purchase, the Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp is the best one overall. This is mainly because of the combination of a bright and adjustable light with incredibly adjustable positioning. It allows you to bring effective lighting to anywhere on almost any desk since the swing arm can extend up to almost 33 inches. In addition to that, it can rotate 180 degrees, and it clamps to your desk for excellent stability. Finally, the whole thing is constructed out of metal, which ensures that it's durable and damage-resistant.

Pros:

  • Excellent lighting
  • Light is very adjustable
  • Incredibly adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • A little pricey

Best Overall

Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp

Let there be light

This lamp is a bit pricey, but its awesome brightness and extensive adjustability make it a great deal.

Best Elite Pick: BYB E430 Desk Lamp

The BYB E430 Desk Lamp is essentially a more versatile, and more expensive, version of the Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp. On top of the bright lighting, high adjustability, and durable build, the lamp also has touch control, four different color modes, and a memory function that remembers your settings. It also has six different preset brightness modes, too, which you can opt to use instead of creating your own customized setting. Finally, the light is designed to eliminate glare completely. This is the lamp you need if you work at your desk often.

Pros:

  • Superb lighting
  • Light is very adjustable
  • Glare-free light
  • Incredibly adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • Most expensive

Best Elite Pick

BYB E430 Desk Lamp

Go big or go home

This monster lamp costs a pretty penny, but also offers a ton of value, making it a great elite choice.

Best Gooseneck: Ominilight Gooseneck Desk Lamp

This metallic lamp offers high-quality lighting with three different dimness settings, and the gooseneck nature of the lamp allows you to rotate it a full 360 degrees easily. However, it's not as long as the previous lamps on the list, meaning that it's best suited for people with smaller desks.

Pros:

  • Excellent lighting
  • Incredibly adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • Neck is a bit short
  • Not as many light adjustment options

Best Gooseneck

Ominilight Gooseneck Desk Lamp

Stretch around

This gooseneck lamp trades arm length for higher flexibility, making it best suited to people who use smaller desks.

Best Modern Design: HAITRAL B009 Lamp

This lamp from HAITRAL has a sleek and rounded appearance that will appeal to fans of modern aesthetics. The light isn't adjustable, but it is bright, and the adjustable arm has a length of 22 inches, which will be sufficient for most people. In addition, the map is metallic and sturdy, and it can be rotated 180 degrees.

Pros:

  • Excellent lighting
  • Incredibly adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • No light adjustment

Best Modern Design

HAITRAL B009 Lamp

The look of today

If you don't mind not being able to adjust the brightness, this stylish modern lamp is a great choice.

Best Wooden: Tomons Desk Lamp

If you're looking for something that uses mostly wood instead of metal, than the Tomons Desk Lamp will be perfect for you. Like the HAITRAL lamp, you can't adjust the light brightness, but the light itself is high-quality and will be more than sufficient enough to light up your desk. The wooden arm is less damage resistant but thicker than the metal arms of the other choices, so the overall durability is the same. The neck isn't as long as other choices on the list as well, though, so don't buy this lamp if you have a large desk.

Pros:

  • Excellent lighting
  • Very adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • No light adjustment
  • Arm is a bit short
  • Can't rotate the lamp

Best Wooden

Tomons Desk Lamp

Wooden wonder

Though it lacks some functionality, this lamp is ultimately the best choice if you're looking for a wood-style design.

Best for Kids: VOGLEE Desk Lamp

If your little one needs a lamp, this is an excellent choice. Its lampshade design eliminates the need for rotation, and while the overall length of the lamp's neck is on the short side, this won't be too much of a problem for young children with small desks. The light itself, while pretty bright, isn't adjustable. However, the real reason you should get this lamp is for the novelty of it, as your child will have a fun time using its stickman-like design to pose it.

Pros:

  • Excellent lighting
  • Very adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable

Cons:

  • No light adjustment
  • Arm is a bit short
  • A bit pricey

Best for Kids

VOGLEE Desk Lamp

Pose and play

This "stickman lamp" is a fantastic choice if your child has fun posing things, though it is on the pricey side.

Best Budget: Globe Electric 56963 Desk Lamp

If you want a quality lamp but don't want to spend too much, the Globe Electric 56963 Desk Lamp is an awesome choice. Unlike the other lamps on this list, the lighting quality isn't amazing, although it still does an adequate job of keeping your desk lit up. In addition, like the HAITRAL lamp, it has a medium-sized arm that will be sufficient for use with most desks out there, and the lamp is made out of metal for strong durability, too. For the price, you can't ask for much more.

Pros:

  • Good lighting
  • Pretty adjustable
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Most affordable

Cons:

  • No light adjustment
  • No rotation
  • Brightness isn't great

Best Budget

Globe Electric 56963 Desk Lamp

Hold onto your cash

Though its light quality lags behind, the very low price of this lamp makes it an attractive budget option.

Bottom line

Swing arm desktop lamps are some of the best desk accessories you can get your hands on to keep your surface lit when the sun is down or when the sky is cloudy. Not only will this allow you to work with better efficiency, it will also help you reduce eye strain, too, as trying to squint to see things in the dark isn't healthy.

There's a wide market for swing arm desktop lamps out there, and there's a strong chance that at least one of the lamps we featured on this list will appeal to you depending on what you're looking for. Ultimately, however, we think that the Phive CL-1 LED Architect Desk Lamp is the best option available for most users as it offers a ton of value and versatility for a fair (though slightly expensive) price.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. He's relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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