With the concept of working from home (WFH) being the new normal, perhaps it’s time you invested in one of these desk lamps for your workstation.

Unless you’re an essential services worker, we reckon you’ve been working from home for over a month now. With the MCO extended to April 28, this just means that your WFH days are going to continue that much longer. But with the current COVID-19 situation so uncertain, none of us knows for sure how long this could go on for. The best thing you can do is prepare for it to be long-term — which is why you should set up a proper workstation if you haven’t already done so.

Other than a comfortable chair with back and lumbar support, one of the key essentials of a proper workstation is a desk lamp. It may not be the first thing you think of, but you’ll find that it helps a great deal. Desk lamps provide task-lighting, which essentially means providing the correct amount of light directed towards the task at hand. It highlights the area you’re working on, providing adequate visibility to what it is you’re doing, whether it’s reading, writing, craftwork, or computer usage.

While having general overhead lighting may work just adequately, having task lighting allows you to focus better on your work. Your workstation could be situated in a shaded part of your home, or the sunlight may not hit right. Having a desk lamp that can be adjusted to shine on whatever areas of your workstation will help with the visibility and puts less strain on your eyes. Plus, a gorgeously-designed lamp is a nice addition to your home.

If you have the budget, take it a step further with smart lamps. Add to the growing repertoire of your smart home objects with a smart lamp that can adjust its lighting to the time of the day, respond to your voice commands, and works hand in hand with your Google Home or Alexa. Some even come with speakers so you can turn on that ambient, lo-fi music to help you focus even more.

Convinced that you need a desk lamp yet? Read on to see some of our recommendations that blend good design and functionality.

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TaoTronics DL13 LED Desk Lamps

TaoTronics is one of the leading brands to develop desk lamps that are both minimally beautiful and functional. It’s one of the best all-rounders out there, providing you with nearly everything you need in a modern-day desk lamp. For starters, you only need to tap its touch-sensitive power button to turn it on. The brightness is adjustable by swiping the ring at its base, and you can also select from five different colour temperatures ranging from warm to cool by tapping. Both the lamp head and neck can be rotated and swivelled, making it very customisable to your needs.

Other non-lamplike functions include a wireless charging pad with 7.5 Watts of power for Apple phones and 10 Watts for Android phones. There’s also a USB port which you can use to charge your phone with a cable.

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RM159
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IKEA Riggad LED work lamp

Another LED lamp that wins in design and functionality is the IKEA Riggad LED work lamp. It has a nice Scandinavian design combining steel and birch wood, which may suit your home if you have a predominantly Scandi aesthetic. While its lighting is not adjustable (it has warm white lighting), the lamp head and neck is adjustable to your needs. The base of the lamp also works as a wireless charging pad, and it comes with a USB port as well.

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RM269
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BenQ WIT e-Reading Lamp

If it’s a contemporary and unusual design you want, then this BenQ WiT e-Reading Lamp is probably what you need. Thanks to its unique curved head, the lamp provides a 150% wider lighting coverage, while its Smart Lighting adjusts its light to the kind of reading you need. The e-reading mode is a particularly nifty feature — just one touch activates it and you’ll find that the lamp is brighter at the sides and darker in the middle to reduce the contrast glare and reflection on your screens. You can also change the colour temperature of your lighting from the rotary knob on the lamp — cool lighting temperatures (blue light) allows you to concentrate better on your task at hand, while warmer temperatures (yellow light) allows you to relax.

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RM989
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Dyson Lightcycle Desk

Replacing the lightbulb on your home lighting is perhaps one of the more mundane tasks at hand. What if there’s a guarantee that you don’t have to replace it for up to 60 years? The Dyson Lightcycle is precisely that and so much more. Like all Dyson products, its technology is what makes it stand out from all the other desk lamps you’ll come across. It’s capable of mimicking your local daylight times and adjust its brightness and colour temperature accordingly thanks to a unique time, date, and location-driven algorithm from a 32-bit microprocessor. This is supported by data from over a million satellite-based measurements of lighting conditions in the earth’s atmosphere. You can also adjust it via your smartphone according to the task you want: studying, relaxing, or sleeping.

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RM2,399
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C by GE Sol Smart Lamp

This smart lamp not only looks futuristic, but it is actually futuristic. It comes equipped with Amazon Alexa and a built-in speaker, so voice control is a given. It’s compatible with most other smart home devices, so this can be at the heart of your smart home system. Smartness aside, as a lamp, this one also works wonders. There’s a wide range of differently-coloured lighting choices and five dimmable light settings to suit your mood and promote productivity. Not only will this be a good addition to your WFH desk, but you can also take it with you into the bedroom or living room — it works anywhere for any occasion.

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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.