This week, we turn our focus to task lamps – lights with a purpose, whether they’re lighting up a food preparation area or illuminating your work as you sew. We’ve found five great lights that prove that lighting can be elegant as well as functional – here are our top picks:
Kartell Taj Mini LED Task Lamp, Copper – £246, Kartell
We start with a real beauty: the Taj mini LED task lamp from Kartell, which will look equally impressive when switched on or off. It’s 32.5cm high by 33cm wide (9cm deep) and has a simple and rather majestic shape enhanced by a metallic copper finish. It’s powered by an incorporated LED lamp which uses an estimated 85% less energy than an incandescent bulb and will last for up to 20,000 hours.
Ottlite Slimline Task Daylight Lamp – £40, Hobbycraft
Smart and functional, Ottlite’s slimline task daylight lamp has been specifically designed to provide powerful illumination to your home office, craft table or study area. It’s powered by LEDs that mimic the quality and spectrum of natural daylight: so, in addition to reducing eyestrain (and improving colour rendering for the purposes of your art work!) they can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Harry Task Light – £70, Linea
Sometimes you realise that designs become classic for a reason – they’re every bit as stylish as they are functional. Linea’s Harry task light proves this – it has the shape of a classic desk light with its sturdy base and generous shade. However, its metal-look finish gives it a contemporary feel, and the angular shape and positioning of the supporting arm gives this piece more than a hint of industrial style.
Teal Retro Desk Task Lamp – £19, Dunelm
We love the cheerful colour and retro stylings of this teal-coloured task lamp from Dunelm – and we love the price too! For less than twenty quid, you can own this petite piece of desktop style, which features a large and vibrant vintage-style shade and matching circular base, held together by a narrow and curved chrome-coloured arm which holds the shade with a matching wide band.
We finish our selection with another copper-coloured piece – it is the metal of the moment, after all! Here we have Pacific Lifestyle’s contemporary task lamp which has exquisite curved lines and a sweeping form guaranteed to elevate the look of your office area or bedside table. This 49cm-high lamp is also available in shiny chrome or black chrome (that’s a new finish to us!) so take your pick.