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They're a desk necessity, but that doesn't mean that your task lamp needs to be boring. Looking for lighting? Check out this gorgeous group — from poppy and colorful to warm wood to industrial chic. Whatever your taste, whatever your budget, we've found you 10 terrific options.
Pictured above: The gorgeous Theorem LED lamp has a dyed ash base with a leather backing and a solid brass body which, over time, will develop a rustic patina. It's a splurge for sure, but we can't imagine ever getting tired of this classic design. $375 at DAMM.
Designed by Fernando Pardo, the Pixo Table Light can rotate a full 360 degrees at both head and stem and uses just six watts of power. Bonus: the base has a built-in USB port to charge your devices right at your desk. $200 at A+R Store.
The Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp has a cool modern shape, but a warm, rich walnut or oak accent. Full disclosure: I have one of these at my own desk, and I love how it's slim and stylish but plenty bright. $149.40 (on sale from $249) from DWR.
The Industrial Task Table Lamp from West Elm has a classic shape and comes in a variety of finishes. We love this bright highlighter yellow, a great way to add a touch of interest in a neutral office space. $79-$99.
The Ottlite Vero Table Lamp is sleek in brushed nickel and its pivoting head helps you get the perfect angle. It's super-modern but so low profile it blends with any type of decor. $57.99 at Target.
This super-cute JANSJO lamp from IKEA has a small footprint, is endlessly adjustable, energy efficient and only $9.99. What's not to like?
The 20th C. Torpedo Task Lamp is a reproduction of a classic vintage style; its conical shade balances on two adjustable joints. The warm brass shown here would be perfect in a cozy den or we try the cooler, aged steel finish in a more modern office. $199 at RH.
It's from PB Teen, but the Hi-Light Task Lamp is a fun pick for any age. Its apothecary-style body comes in six glossy colors, and it's budget priced to boot! $79 from PB Teen.
People love the Swyvel LED lamp by Bulbrite Industries for its bright, energy saving LED output, solid construction and five-step touch dimmer. $109 at AllModern.
The angular Hangman Task lamp is a mid-price model that looks way more expensive. It has a solid oak body and a super-cute cheerful red cord and switch. $149 at CB2.