The small size and directional light output of LEDs make them ideal for personal reading lights, and they are energy efficient too. Here are some of the best LED reading lamps:
I-Tower LED Flood Lamp
The I-Tower LED Lamp from Koncept is a reliable LED floor lamp, getting an average of 47 out of 5 stars from 18+ reviewers. The lamp’s six ultra-bright, daylight white LEDs that give off minimal heat and use only 9 watts at full brightness. The lamp has a built-in 4-step dimming function that will take the light down for reading purposes. The adjustable joints can be placed in almost any position without tightening or loosening knobs or screws, simply move the light to where you need it and the lamp will hold to form. The LED arm even folds down against the lamp neck, saving space if the LEDs are not being used.
The Softech DL-90 LED Table Lamp
This lamp was just released this year by Softech, and it has a lot going for it. The lamp incorporates 27 high-power daylight LEDs. The Color Rendering Index of the LEDs is rated at 90+ (excellent).
The lamp has four distinct lighting modes and 40 brightness levels in total. The first two modes are for desk work: a reading mode with mid-range colors (4300K-5300K) that are easy on the eyes, and a study mode which has a high range color temperature (6000K-7000K). The lamp can also be switched to a relaxation mode and a sleep mode — these have softer, warm color temperatures.
This lamp uses 10 watts or less of power to provide light equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb. It is said to last about 40,000 hours or 20 years of normal use.
A handy feature of this lamp is the “auto off timer”. The timer will turn the lamp off after one hour, saving your power if you forget to turn it off. It has a USB charging port.
Magnifying Lamp: Fulcrum Magnifier 12 LED Floor Lamp
The Fulcrum Magnifier is an illuminated magnifying lamp has a 5-inch diameter lens has 2x magnification power with a 6x inset for fine details. This lamp gets an average rating of 4.2 of 5 from 44+ reviewers on Amazon.
It has 12 glare-free LEDs and a flexible gooseneck that allows you to position the lamp exactly where you need it. It comes with an AC adapter, but may also be operated wire-free with three alkaline D batteries (see our article on The Best D-Size Rechargeable Batteries).
Book Light: The Fulcrum LED Light
Note from Editor: I’ve been testing this light for a few months now, and I’m pleased with it. It is lightweight, so it clips to a book easily, and the flexible neck stays in place quite well. The reviewers on Amazon agree — they gave it an average of 4.3 / 5 stars from 43+ buyers.
The Fulcrum MultiFlex provides a clear, even beam of light for reading or illuminating close up tasks. It features an attachment clip, and the base can also support the 11” adjustable neck when sitting on a flat surface. Power comes from three AAa batteries, making the Fulcrum MultiFlex a good choice for travel as well as household use. The lamp is available in either silver or red.
The Fulcrum MultiFlex LED Light is available at Amazon for $10.99.