The Ergohacks Verdict

I’ve looked at a couple desk lights over the last few months. There was the one with the USB charger built in and the one that was dimmable. Both were great but neither was really optimised for lighting something specific. On my desk, I’ve got a laptop, screen, external keyboard and paper. Of the four I only need one lit externally and if I get light on the screens it’s not exactly a help. What I needed was something I could move about and point at a certain point. Enter the Aglaia Swing Arm Desk Lamp.

The Swing Arm clamps on the edge of a desk or screws to a wall and then gives you three degrees of movement – spin and tilt at the base, tilt at the elbow and spin, tilt and twist at the head. The whole thing is tensioned with a bungee that holds it exactly where you leave it and doesn’t need a hard pull to move it. The head is a single disk that lets you angle the light in one specific direction and has a built in LED and a single clickable switch.

So how the light? Bright and warm. I’d been concerned that it was too bright to start off with but it’s adjustable enough so that you get it just where you want it and hence the brightness isn’t a problem. It’s dead silent and neither I not Cass’s younger eyes could see any flicker.

I’ve been wracking my brains as to what to conclude about the Aglia Swing because I’ve realised something – in the last couple of weeks its faded into the background. I’ve been using it every night and I’ve not had any problems with lack of light. I’ve even used my desk for things I’m not used to using it for like wrapping packages and writing notes with a pen in the evening. The light was just where I wanted it and didn’t interfere.

So I could talk about the fact the lamp feels solid and hasn’t slipped off the desk and that the red bungee cords it uses to keep itself taut work surprisingly well and look interesting but I’m not going to. The Aglia does the job it’s designed for so well that you stop recalling that there’s even a need for it. Highly Recommended.

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Price: ± £36.99
Included: Aglaia LT-T21 Swing Arm Table Lamp, AC Adapter, Wall Base, Clamp, Three Self-Tapping Screws, Three Expansion Pillar-Hinges
User Manual


Arm Length: 78cm total
Cable Length: 1.5m
Head width: 10.5cm
Maximum clamp width: 7cm
Rated Power: 6.5W
Input Voltage: 100-240V AC 50Hz/60Hz
Type of Light: LED
Colour: Black with red and silver
CCT: 4000K
CRI: ≥80
Lumen: 500LM
Material: Aluminium Alloy + ABS + PMMA

Warranty: 24-month warranty


The swing arm is mains powered and needs a solid base. I’ve been using the desk vice grip that can accept between 1 and 7cm desk sizes but there is also a permanent wall attachment. The LED bulb is not removable but as an LED chances are that it’ll last longer than the whole arm.

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About Aglaia

Aglaia is a Chinese company that specialises in lighting making a range of LED and filament lights and bulbs. They also make humidifiers and diffusers. We reviewed and recommended a desk light with integrated USB charger last year and a table lamp and a flexible desk lamp this year.

We based our Ergohacks Verdict on eight weeks of tinkering, testing and using the Aglaia Swing Arm Desk Lamp kindly provided by Aglaia. This article was first published on 10 July 2017 and updated 9 September 2017.