At Arm's Length: Modernist LED Desk Lamps

At Arm's Length: Modernist LED Desk Lamps

Sarah Firshein
May 27, 2010

In 1986, Pixar released its first film, a 2.5-minute computer-animated short featuring two expressive desk lamps. This was the the '80s, so we assume that Luxo and Luxo Jr. were probably energy-sucking non-LED lights (of course, this hasn't been confirmed by Pixar!). Cute as the little guys were, we're thankful to have a whole stable of better options today, including the sleek, modern ones shown below the jump.

Shown above the jump, from left to right:

1. The Leaf Personal Light, designed by Ives Béhar for Herman Miller, uses 20 LEDs, resulting in 40 percent less energy than a compact fluorescent bulb and up to 100,000 hours of use. And its assertive shape personifies Béhar's believe that "design's purpose is not only to show us the future, but to bring us the future."
2. Artemide's Talak table light, with a chrome /steel stem, rotates 360 degrees on the horizontal plane and features a dimmer switch.
3. Rendered in an unusual gray-yellow, the Crane Desk Lamp from CB2 promises to enliven workspaces from drab to fab. Best of all, the LED light lasts a decade.
4. Leave it to Design Within Reach to offer oodles of LED options. Its aluminum-alloy Kelvin LED Table Lamp stood out for its slender, square head that swivels.
5. From the mecca of S-wrenches and Swedish meatballs comes the Janslö work lamp, IKEA's curvaceous light that consumes 70 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
6. Not for those who fear creepy crawlies, the PizzaKobra Lamp by Ron Arad for the MoMA Collection can be pulled in every which direction from flat to tall. The coil features six LED bulbs within its steel/aluminum construction.
7. The Link Table Lamp, designed by Peter Stathis for Pablo, boasts 15 high-output LED lights and a high-low switch. Choose from an array of juicy colors.

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