The Ridiculously Chic USB Table Lamp That Instantly Made My Tiny Space Feel Brighter — And It’s Half the Price of Designer Brands!

published Feb 2, 2023
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I’ve been writing about all things home for my entire career, so if you ask me for product recommendations, I could talk for hours about them. Whether it’s sheets, towels (Quince makes my new favorite ones), cookware, or candles (Otherland or bust!), I’ve got the lowdown on the best of the best. But there’s one type of product I’ve never been as jazzed or knowledgable about: lighting. Until lately, lighting has been a bit of a snooze fest IMO. It’s typically way overpriced — we’re talking thousands of dollars — and often outdated. That is, until I discovered AT-favorite brand Brightech.

I first heard about Brightech when they offered to let me try their ultra-sleek, curved floor lamp that’s a fraction of the cost of those designer versions. I’d seen nearly identical styles that would cost you a pretty penny. Not to mention, I live in New York City, so I can’t pick up a bulky light at the store so I love that Brightech ships directly to your door. So, once I set up my floor lamp (which took just a few minutes and no tools), I immediately wanted to try more styles.

The next thing on my to-do list was to replace my cheap table lamp that I bought when I first moved to NYC years ago. When perusing Brightech’s website, the Aspen USB Table Lamp caught my eye thanks to its artistic design that would fit perfectly on my tiny nightstand. If you live in a super small apartment, you know that double-duty items are a game-changer, so I knew this gorgeous table lamp was just what I needed in my space. And at just under $100, it’s an affordable luxury that’s worth every penny.

Credit: Tamara Kraus

Style meets function with this designer-worthy lamp. Not only does it serve as a piece of part, but I love its features. It boasts three light settings (it’s touch-activated, fancy!) so you can make it bright for the day and dim it for bedtime. The glass globe top emits a warm glow that’s way better than my renter-grade fluorescent lights that give me a constant headache.

And of course, it has a USB charger which makes it super convenient to charge your phone or whatever else you’ve got by your bed, desk, or wherever else you’d place it.

Another reason why I can’t stop talking about this beauty? I have two rambunctious kittens who’d constantly knock over my previous lamp, and this one has some weight to it so there’s no chance it’ll fall over during playtime. So, it’s also given me peace of mind — there were a few close calls where I thought the lamp was going to shatter when it fell over.

I know shopping for things online can be risky — especially lighting— but Brightech offers free 30-day returns, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty to take the fuss out of buying online. So, if you’ve been stumped like me on where to buy expensive-looking lighting without breaking the bank, you’ll want to add Brightech into your shopping routine.