Fashionably Flexible: 5 Task Lights That Turn Us On

Fashionably Flexible: 5 Task Lights That Turn Us On

Joel Pirela
Jul 26, 2011

There's a special kind of lamp that provides an efficient and effective type of illumination unmatched while working from a desk: the task light. Inspired by architecture firms and designers' studios, the slender and re-positionable neck partnered with an even light pattern makes these type of lighting ideal for anyone who works well into the evening hours behind a desk. Here are five models, some sporting the latest lighting technology, others harkening to an era when the tasks being illuminated had nothing to do with a computer...


Joby Trapeze LED Table Light:
Inside the ultra-thin flat panel housing is a horizontal array of 102 LEDs, creating an extremely uniform area of light free of glare (a perfect companion next to a computer display). Dimmable down to 18 lumens, up to 380. Sipping just 8 watts when turned on and rated for up to 25 years of use, both the smaller 1-joint Trapeze and its larger 2-joint brother, work well as either task light or ambient living room lamp.

6811_luxo.jpgLuxo L-18151:
Designed in 1937 by Jac Jacobsen, the iconic Luxo is instantly recognizable thanks to its connection to animation studio, Pixar (and the fact 25 million of these lamps have been sold). The original non-3D animated lamp is supplied with a 11W compact fluorescent bulb rated at 40W, armed with spring loaded arms that permit the graceful movements mimicked by the Pixar logo intro animation. Several kits are available, from table clamp to round bases and even several finished, like glossy white to chrome.

La Lampe Gras:
La Lampe Gras was introduced in 1921, so this isn't new technology task lighting like the LED Trapeze above by any measure. But the lamp is classic, with a variety of base, arm, cord and shade options in different finishes. Each lamp has a fixed 14" arm and a shorter, adjustable arm with the shade that swivels and rotates, useful for repositioning according to the task at hand. Available also in floor lamp models and also wall mounted versions.

Dash Task Light from Steelcase:
The $325 Dash Task was designed in collaboration with Foster+Partners and made with 32% recycled content. Furthermore, the eco-friendly lamp is 97% recyclable, powered by a energy efficient 8W LED array, making it a strong candidate who like a green pedigree with their purchases. The color temperature is 3,500K with a gentle falling off area of illumination instead of a harsh circle of light; rated for up to 50,000 hours of continuous use with a dimming control.

Pablo Link Lamp:
Another Peter Stathis designed lamp, the Pablo's distinct feature is its shade which also serves as a carrying handle. Don't worry about burning your hands, since the lamp uses a cool and efficient 7.5W LED source, providing a color temperature of 3,300K. The aluminum fixture lamp comes in medium and small size, with table, floor, clamp and wall mount models to fit your desk and lighting needs..

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