Office Lamp: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big office lamp test 2020, where we present you all the office lamps we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of customer recessions on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best product for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy an office lamp.

The most important facts in brief

  • The luminous flux at the workplace should be approx. 500 lumen to ensure eye-friendly work and prevent premature fatigue.
  • The most efficient, and therefore the light source with the lowest energy consumption, is LED. It is also available in all light colours.
  • For a workplace that is used in a variety of ways, a combination of several lamps with different light colours or a lamp with adjustable light colour is best suited. This way you can vary the atmosphere of the room according to the situation.

Office lamp test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best desk lamp
  • The best floor lamp
  • The best office lamp for ceiling mounting
  • The best daylight lamp

The best desk lamp

The dimmable LED desk lamp from VicTsing has 3 colour and 3 brightness levels and is available in black and white. The flicker-free lamp has a service life of 40,000 hours and will provide long lasting pleasure with its flexible arm and base axis.

The lamp is ideally suited as an eye-friendly reading light for children, frequent readers and as a work light in the office.

The best floor lamp

With the dimmable LED floor lamp in black and white, Henzin offers a simple product design with numerous features, such as five brightness levels and five colour temperatures (3,000 – 6,500 Kelvin), controllable via remote control. With low energy consumption despite 500 lumens, this lamp achieves 30,000 operating hours.

Customers particularly like the fully flexible lamp neck. If you are looking for a versatile floor lamp with a good price-performance ratio, this could be just the lamp for you.

The best office lamp for ceiling mounting

With dimensions of 120 x 30 cm, the LED panel luminaire from Lighting EVER creates a beam angle of 120° and thus illuminates the surroundings generously. The lamp can be mounted directly into the ceiling cladding or suspended from the ceiling.

The ceiling lamp is available in the light colours neutral white, warm white or cool white and is praised above all for its excellent illuminance. So if you are looking for good illumination for a large workspace, this ceiling lamp is a good choice.

The best daylight lamp

The LED desk lamp from TaoTronics has five colour and seven brightness levels as well as an adjustable arm and lamp head. This modern desk lamp is available in black, silver-grey and white and impresses with its simple design and low energy consumption despite its great light output.

This desk lamp provides a pleasant and eye-friendly working environment thanks to its flicker and shadow strip-free light. And thanks to the different colour levels, it can be used not only as daylight working light but also as a bedside or reading lamp in the evening.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy an office lamp

Lumen, Lux, Kelvin & co?

To be able to choose a product with a good price-performance ratio when buying a lamp, it is important to understand what the various quality-related data say. In the following paragraphs we will explain the most important figures for the purchase of an office lamp.

Lumen is the unit of measurement for the luminous flux of a lamp. The value therefore describes the brightness of a lamp.
Lux measures the illuminance, which describes the light that actually hits a surface. (Lux = Lumen/m²) Official standards for companies refer to this value.
Kelvin indicates the light colour of a lamp and says something about whether the light is perceived as “warm” or rather “cool”, thus making a significant contribution to how the ambience of a room is perceived.

How bright should an office lamp be?

In principle, all work to be performed should be possible without effort, so the illuminance required depends on the work to be performed. Where, for example, reading and writing work is performed on a screen or paper, the standard value according to European and German standards is 500 lux.

In the private sphere, it’s less about guidelines and more about your own perception of brightness. According to experts, the best thing you can do is not to have enormous contrasts in brightness around your workplace and to have enough light so that your eyes don’t get tired too quickly while you’re working.

In the shop, the best way to orientate yourself to a luminous flux of approx. 500 lumen for the lighting of the shop. For lamps that exceed this value, however, you should make sure that they have an integrated dimmer to adjust the brightness to your personal perception.

What colour of light should an office lamp have?

Experts recommend a universal white light for rooms in which work is performed, which corresponds to 3,300 to 5,300 Kelvin. This colour spectrum is said to promote concentration. When choosing the light colour, you should make sure that you do not perceive the light as too bright and therefore unpleasant.
So if the home office is set up in the living room, for example, it can also be a good opportunity to choose different lamps with different light colours. For example, universal or daylight white light can be used for productive activities and warm white light for relaxation phases.

Which illuminant is best suited?

The choice of illuminant is directly related to brightness and light colour. Another important factor is the energy consumption of the different illuminants.
A halogen lamp, for example, at approx. 2,700 Kelvin, comes very close to the warm white light of an incandescent bulb, while LEDs are now available in almost all colour tones. In the table below, we also compare energy efficiency and average lifetime for you.

Power connection

In addition, it is important to choose the appropriate power connection. Furthermore, with options such as USB connection or rechargeable battery lamp, it is also possible to illuminate workplaces without a directly available socket.

Socket – Classic and easy to use with a very large selection of different designs.
Luster terminal – Direct connection to the power cable is also possible. This variant is used almost exclusively for the installation of ceiling and wall lamps. Note: We recommend that this installation be carried out by an electrician.
Rechargeable battery – In line with the wireless trend, lamps without cables are also available. The battery life for most devices is 3 – 5 hours.
USB connection – This is another option if no direct power supply is available apart from a computer or laptop. To keep the power consumption low, these lamps are equipped with LED bulbs.

How much does an office lamp cost?

The price of an office lamp depends primarily on the dimensions and design. Factors such as the material and additional functions such as motion detectors, dimming levels and touch operation also play a role.
For example, the cost of an average desk lamp is around €20-40, whereas you should expect to pay €40-80 for standard lamps because of the higher cost of materials.
By far the largest price range is 30 – 150 € for ceiling lamps, which are available in different sizes and with different mounting mechanisms. There are no upper limits to the prices, however. Designer lamps or collector’s items can be expensive for the chic appearance.

Where can I buy an office lamp?

You can buy your office lamp online as well as in various furniture stores and DIY stores. On site you have the advantage to see the different lamps in original size and also to try them out (although in a usually strongly illuminated showroom). But it is easier to compare online data and prices with mostly at the same time larger selection.
According to our research, most office lamps are sold via these online shops:

Amazon
Lamp World
Ebay

And the following furniture stores offer their lamps both locally and online:

  • Ikea
  • Leiner
  • Kika
  • Lutz

All desk lamps that we present to you on our site have a link to at least one of these shops. So you can strike immediately if you like a lamp especially well.

Decision: What types of office lamps are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy an office lamp, there are 3 different basic models you can choose between:

  • Floor lamp
  • Ceiling lamp
  • Desk lamp

The different designs of the lamps each have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your local conditions and personal preferences, one or the other may be more suitable for you. To make the decision easier for you, we have summarized them for you in the following section.

What distinguishes a floor lamp and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A floor lamp offers great flexibility because its location can be easily varied. For example, if you are looking for a 2-in-1 solution to light up your workplace, but you also want to read on the couch in the evening in the best light, a floor lamp can be a good choice for you.

Advantages

Frequently adjustable
Available as a combination of square and ceiling lighting
In many cases dimmable

Disadvantages

Need free space on the floor
The cable may become a tripping hazard if not properly secured

What distinguishes a ceiling lamp and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you are looking for a very space-saving solution for your workplace lighting, a ceiling lamp may be a good solution. The lamp is mounted directly on the ceiling and not only saves space, but also provides uniform basic lighting for the entire room.

Advantages

Very space saving
Uniform illumination

Disadvantages

Possibly by sitting position Shadow on the worktable
Professional mounting necessary

What distinguishes a desk lamp and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The classic desk lamp is a very simple way to provide sufficient light at the workplace. So if you are looking for a very uncomplicated and quick solution that is also relatively inexpensive, this could be the right solution for your home office.

Advantages

Very reasonable and available in many designs
Uncomplicated in acquisition and construction

Disadvantages

Requires desk space and power
Might cause slight glare

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate office lamps based on these factors

In the following we show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible office lamps.

The criteria you can use to compare office lighting include

  • Luminosity
  • Colour temperature
  • Energy consumption
  • Design and construction

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Luminosity

The brightness and atmosphere created by the lamp has a great influence on the comfort of your workplace.

The choice of luminosity is on the one hand about whether the light is sufficient to perform reading and writing tasks without much effort, and on the other hand it also has an influence on how long you can work there concentratedly without getting tired.

Ignoring influencing factors such as incident daylight, your lamp should have a luminosity of about 500 lumens.

Colour temperature

Which light colour you choose is a matter of taste. Experts recommend neutral to daylight white light, i.e. a range of 3,300 – 5,300 Kelvin, for concentrated work.

If you use an area for working and relaxing, it makes sense to choose an LED lamp which can change between neutral white light for working and warm white light for cosy hours. Or you can simply distribute several lamps with different colour temperatures in the room to create a different atmosphere depending on the situation.

Energy consumption

The power consumption of a lamp is mainly related to the brightness to be produced. In principle, it can be said that LED lamps with a luminosity of up to 90 lumens/watt are very effective, while halogen lamps only achieve 20-60 lumens/watt.

Design and construction

Design is not only about finding a chic lamp, but also about integrating it into the given space in the best possible way and using it for your needs.

For example, if you have a free-standing desk, you can use a floor lamp that combines a moving lamp and a spotlight directed at the ceiling for direct and indirect lighting. It is important to pay particular attention to the stability, i.e. the material, the weight and the base of the lamp.

If, on the other hand, you choose a desk lamp, the question is rather where at the table you place it or, depending on the model, screw it on, and whether a swivel arm can help you to illuminate your work better without being dazzled.

Do you have an electrical outlet within reach without creating cable tripping hazards?

Indirect lighting using ceiling lamps is also a possibility that can be a great option, especially in confined spaces, and puts the question of power connections into perspective. After all, you should definitely consider the question of power connections when choosing your office lamp.

In case the power supply of your lamp should prove to be difficult, it is best to use rechargeable lamps.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about office lamps

How do I change a fluorescent tube?

The first thing to do is to distinguish what is broken in the lamp: The starter or the fluorescent tube itself? If the starter is broken, the lamp does not emit any light impulse. If, on the other hand, it is the tube itself, it flickers up again and again.

Now and then, of course, it can happen that both components are broken. This is the case, for example, when the starter is broken with a loud bang – in most cases the fluorescent tube is also irreparably damaged.

This is how you change the fluorescent tube:

    Switch off the power, i.e. unplug the lamp or remove the fuse from the fuse box.
    Remove the cover of the lamp.
    If present, remove the covers over the ends of the neon tube.
    Carefully rotate the tube forwards by about 90 degrees. Note: It is best to wear gloves for this step, just in case the tube breaks when you unscrew it.
    Pull the loosened fluorescent tube downwards out of the holder.
    When inserting the new tube, turn it 90 degrees in the opposite direction until you hear a slight click.
    Then replace all covers.
    Reconnect the lamp or switch on the power. If the lamp does not work after replacing the tube, you still have the possibility to replace the starter.

And this is how the exchange of the starter works:

    Switch off the power, i.e. unplug the lamp or remove the fuse from the fuse box.
    Remove the fluorescent tube as described in the previous section.
    There is a small round cap under the tube, which you unscrew by turning it to the left.
    Under it you can grab the starter and turn it loosely to the left and pull it out.
    Insert the new starter and screw it tight.
    Put the cover cap back on and screw it tight to the right.
    Put the neon tube back in place and attach all covers.
    Reconnect the lamp or switch the power back on. If the lamp does not work despite the neon tube and starter being replaced, consult an electrician.

Can I write off my office lamp?

Provided that you have a business or trade and you buy the lamp for use within it, you can get your office lamp tax deductible in the accounts.

Lamps with a purchase price of less than €410 in Germany and €400 in Austria are considered low-value assets (GWG) and can be directly deducted as operating expenses.

For office lamps above this price, tax is taken into account via the annual depreciation. This means that the costs are distributed over the expected useful life and thus each year a partial amount of the expenditure is offset.

Basically we advise you to contact your tax advisor or accountant of your choice if you have any questions on this topic. The chambers of commerce and trade unions can also inform you about tax depreciation of business expenses.

DIY desk lamp

If you really can’t find your dream desk lamp anywhere, you also have the possibility to build it yourself. We have included a suggestion for a simple, modern lamp here, but there are no limits to your creativity in the choice of materials and design and at the end of the page we have collected more links for you to further ideas.

Please be careful not to leave a homemade lamp burning unattended unless you are an electrician or have other equivalent training to convert electrical equipment.

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