Though a sunny day may copiously fill the house with fresh sunlight, it’s the darker cloudy days and the nights that reveal how much light you actually need.
Operating alone or with ceiling lights, lamps are significant illuminating elements in any room.
The big, tall floor lamps in the corners brighten up the whole room.
The elegant table lamps with their glamorous shades embrace the unlit areas of the room.
And then the accent lamps give your room the touch of personality and romance.
Yet still, you could have insufficient lights when you intend to read or work.
The Best Clip Lamps
The best clip lamps provide adequate focused lighting to create a comfortably lit workspace and minimize eye fatigue. A bigger lamp neck/arm means better adjustability and better control of where to focus the light. Plus additional features like magnification and dimmer are dependent on your need for the task lighting.
Read on to learn about some great clamp and clip-on desk lamps and 3 crucial pro tips to help you shop.
Lamps And Desk Lamps
A portable electrical light source is called a lamp.
Desk lamps are task lamps; that is these are built for the purpose (“task”) of lighting the desktop area for special circumstances.
These lamps fulfill the task by providing sufficiently bright and focused light to the workspace while simultaneously being compact enough to not occupy a big area.
Reading, writing, students, crafts, all sorts of intricate and delicate deskwork require a certain degree of lighting.
This not only makes the workstation bright enough to allow the work to be done efficiently but also prevents any strain to the eyes of the worker.
Working in low light may result in eye exhaustion and early vision impairment.
Desk lamps come in all shapes and sizes.
The desk lamp has a base that sits on the table and a neck that arc over the desk and holds the lighting element. The long neck of the desk lamps places it at a higher level right above the workplace for the best illumination. And it should have an easy on/off switch.
Clamp And Clip-On Lamps
A variant of the desk lamp is the clamp lamp or the clip-on lamp, which is mounted onto the edge of the desk using a clamp or a clip.
The desk lamps usually have the illuminating focus on one side of the element extension.
This allows the light to focus on the area underneath the lamp instead of getting scattered and wasted.
Most of the lampshades can be tilted to provide the optimal lighting angle for a focused beam and preventing the light from shining into the eyes.
For instance, the Newhouse Lighting Clamp Light and the LED Desk Lamp with Clamp.
The clamp lamps are quite versatile and unique in their features.
These are built for providing light on workspaces but can also be fixed onto other furniture like the Eyocean LED reading clamp light fits onto the headboard of the bed, or the 14W LED Grow Light for the greenhouse.
Some of these clamp and clip-on lamps are battery operated while the newer lamps have a USB cord (like the mobile phone charger).
The USB cord can connect the lamp to a power source either a nearby computer unit or to a wall unit through an adapter, like the Portable Led Desk Lamp and the LED Desk Light with Clip.
Most desk lamps have either full-spectrum lighting elements or the option to change the lighting settings according to your need. It enhances the natural color and contrast allowing you to make the correct color decisions, like the E-reading LED Task Lamp.
Other Options With Clip Lamps
Added features on the clip-on lamps make it an above efficient and practical solution for lighting the workspace.
These features include flexibility of the lamp’s neck, the addition of magnifying glass and hand-like clips, and a dimmer function on the light.
Some of these lamps have necks adjustable enough to be moved around and tilted to shine on whatever angle suits you best.
For instance, the more flexible gooseneck one TROND LED Clamp Desk, and the less flexible hinged-arm one LEPOWER Metal Desk Lamp.
This saves you from a lot of unnecessary reflective disturbance when you work with a glossy or metallic surface.
When it comes to arts and crafts or electronic circuits, some people work with really tiny and detailed items.
For these people, the better option is a lamp such as the YOUKOYI LED Magnifying Lamp that provides up to 5 times magnification with other features.
These not only illuminate the workstation, but also the magnifying glass attached to the lamp through an extension provides much help, even for small reading prints.
Some of these magnifying lamps have lighting elements built around the magnifying glass for better illumination of the object under observation like the GEYOTAR LED Magnifying lamp.
While some have the features of small clips that work as an extra set of hands for holding the objects, such as the Amoper Hands free Magnifying Glass desk lamp.
Another feature is the dimmer switch on the lamp, which adjusts the light strength. This also comes in particularly handy when working with a glossy surface or metallic pieces, such as the Clip-on Light Reading Light.
Pro Tips regarding Clamp Lamps
The most important thing to note when you buy a clamp or clip-on lamp is to compare the thickness at the edge of the desk is where you are going to mount the lamp and the opening capacity of the clamp/clip on the lamp.
If the clamp opens up more than the desk thickness, only then it is manageable. But a clamp that doesn’t open as much as the desk thickness would definitely be a waste of resources.
The other important aspect is the lighting element. Fluorescent and halogens bulbs and LEDs are better at illumination, lighter on the pocket, and easier on the bills. Plus the LEDs give full spectrum light for better color recognition.
Whatever your dominant side, place the lamp on the opposite side for an easier and uninterrupted range of movement.