If you work at a desk the chances are that you’ve thought about your chair, your desk and probably your keyboard and monitor. They’re ergonomics 101 but have you thought about the lighting? Traditionally you had the choices between a directed spotlight light source or a full room solution but Aglaia have come up with a perfect example of the third way – a downward non spot system. The dimmable LED desk lamp has a line of LED’s on the base of a cylinder. This cylinder stays about a foot above the desk on a flexible and hinged stalk so can be set to almost any angle or height, although it naturally tries to face down. The hinge attaches to the rather weighty base which reduces the chances of the whole thing falling over. The light is controlled by the touch sensitive base and cycles through three levels of brightness. As an LED it doesn’t flicker and neither I not people with younger ears have been able hear any buzzing or whining at any load. The light itself is an untinted white and pleasant to see.
The Aglaia has one more trick up it’s sleeve – the back of the base has a USB charging port which outputs 5V at 2 Amps. This isn’t the highest amperage I’ve ever seen but it’s decent and means that with the addition of a short USB cable you get a charging point for your phone (or tablet) as well. I have discovered one problem with this – if you’ve got a metal backed phone and plug it in and then put it down on the base and it’ll switch the light on or up a level.
Price: ± £18 – 25
Paid extras: None – bulbs integrated
Delivery costs: Free Delivery
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The light has an RRP of £48 but retails direct from the manufacturer on Amazon for £18 and I’ve seen it drop in price to £15 a couple of times in the last month. That’s well priced compared to most desk lamps and significantly cheaper than most touch LED lamps to say nothing of the addition of a charger.
Power Consumption: 7W
Lifespan: 50000 Hours quoted
Light color temperatures: 5200 ~ 5800K
Center Luminance (30cm): 900LUX(Max); 100LUX(Min)
Material: ABS + Aluminium + Silicon
USB Port: 5V 2A output
Brightness: 3 Levels
Bulb included: Yes
Warranty: 24 months
If you’re looking for a diffuse desktop lamp the Aglaia 7W Dimmable is a great choice. It’s a small footprint combined with a flexible head and produces a nice light. The extra ability to charge your phone is a bonus that most people will actually find genuinely useful. The light goes on sale regularly so keep your eye out for it for and snatch it up when you get the chance. Recommended.