There are uber cheapo task lights (IKEA or Walmart, anyone?) and criminally expensive (but lust-worthy) task lights. In between is a small but solid niche market of lamps that will cost you no less than $50 but no more than $100. Welcome to that world.

  1. Image 1 shows a vintage red metal desk lamp, $52, from Etsy member Fishbone Deco alongside a Ledu professional fluorescent/incandescent swing arm, clamp-on lamp from, $91.73. There is an outlet at the base so you can plug in other electronics. This lamp extends to 40" and comes with both a circular fluorescent lamp and an incandescent lamp. You have an option to turn on either, one at a time, or both together.
  2. This Airplane engine World War II AViATION ART modern lamp (chrome edition) comes from Etsy seller Plane Pieces for $99.00.
  3. 1967 Hitachi Moon Light 506 desk lamp, $75 from Etsy member Found Vintage Style.
  4. This image shows a Z table lamp from Dutch by Design, $45, next to an LED extended gooseneck brushed nickel desk lamp from Lamps Plus for $99.99.
  5. The SkYHAWK airplane propeller hub modern art pilot lamp is 69.99 from Etsy member Plane Pieces. Created using a Cessna Skyhawk 172 Airplane propeller hub, its base color can be customized.
  6. Industrial task table lamp from West Elm, $59.00 – $79.00.
  7. Photographer's task table lamp from Pottery Barn, $99.00.
  8. A polished steel spot desk lamp from Lamps Plus, $69.99, is shown next to an Element arc touch LED accent desk lamp from Lamps Plus, $99.91. A 3-watt LED bulb turns on and off by touching anywhere on the base.
  9. George Kovac's reading room lamp at All Modern, $100.
  10. For a cross between a task light and a traditional table lamp, these swing arms are fun and functional. The Metro swing arm table lamp from Crate and Barrel is $99.95; while the Cal Lighting Malibu metal swing arm table lamp at Lighting Direct sells for $91.80.