In this short article, we are going to talk about a few of the key features of desk lamps that can make or break their ability to function effectively as lamps suitable for computer work. Keep in mind that you should always conduct thorough independent consumer research before making any type of purchase.
If you work late at night, you need to find a desk light that filters out blue light. This is because blue light is responsible for disrupting sleep patterns.
Therefore, if you work on your computer a few hours before going to bed under a desk light that emits blue light, you are almost guaranteed to have restless sleep.
Fortunately, some of the best modern work lights include filters that remove blue light waves and hence reduce the impact on natural sleeping patterns.
It is important to note that some of the best lights in the marketplace actually consume a huge amount of energy and if used on a regular basis can cost more to run for a year than they initially cost to buy.
Consequently, it is important to ensure that you take note of the wattage rating of any desk lamp before you make your purchase. Desk lights that use old technology bulbs are the biggest culprits of high energy use.
That said, some of the low energy lamps in the marketplace do have the disadvantage of taking a long time to “warm-up”, or reach their optimum light output, so you may have to be prepared to make a comprise between high running costs and long “warm-up” times.
Some of the best desk lamps for computer work available are dimmable. You should never underestimate the advantage of being able to control the brightness of a light source.
A simple on/off light can be convenient and practical, but many people who use such lights often find they are far too bright and actually painful to the eyes after the sun has sets.
What’s more, if you wake up in the middle of the night and want to check your emails quickly, the last thing you want is to be confronted with an unbearably bright beacon like light.
With a dimmable light, you can select the lowest setting and comfortably check your emails before returning to bed and enjoying a restful sleep.
Before you purchase any type of desk lamp you should make sure that the bulbs that the lamp takes are easy to acquire and replace.
Unfortunately, too many desk lamps on the market today use obscure bulb types that are difficult source, incredibly expensive and potentially dangerous to replace.
Ideally you should look to purchase three additional spare bulbs when you make your lamp purchase, unless of course you are purchasing an LED lamp.
Some of the best desk lamps for computer work come with flexible necks. The flexible neck allows the lamp to be repositioned into such an angle so that there is no glare on the computer screen.
This is a huge benefit as there is nothing worse than seeing the reflection of a bulb in your computer screen when you are trying to focus on important work.