I Need A Desk Lamp..

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    Suggestions? Criteria: Looks Cool, Not too expensive, and different brightness levels would be nice. I use to have like a snake lamp but the bulb burned out like every month.

    And what about those "natural" lighting lights? Are they better for your eyes and such?
     
  2. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    The woman and I have had great luck with this lamp from Ikea (assuming you like the look of paper). Fits 2 or your 3 criteria, but lacks variable lighting levels.
     
  3. MOFS macrumors 65816

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    Is it for practical use of decorative use? For practical use, I'd recommend one with a fluorescent bulb - I guess it gives a natural white light. When I'm, I don't get eyestrain as I would from a normal bulb ("yellow light).
     
  4. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    Are you buying this lamp for college? Make sure (if you are) that you check and make sure what kind of lamps you can have there. We bought a sweet desk lamp from Ikea a few weeks ago, only to realize my college doesn't allow halogen lights, and the lamp we got was halogen. Needless to say, I was bummed. :) :rolleyes:
     
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    I also like IKEA's selection, but I like this lamp better. I have one in my room and my parents each have one for their repsective office desks. It has two brightness settings. It meets all 3 of your criteria and is actually a desk lamp, as compared to thedude110's suggestion, which I think is more decorative than funcitonal. It comes down to your style.
     
  6. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Both decorative and practical, but probably more practical. I guess I'll look for one with a flourescent bulb.

    It's not for college.
     
  7. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    i don't think apple sells them anymore...
     

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  8. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    I have this one on my desk and I really like it. It has two brightness levels and also allows you to switch between a blue and clear panel (as shown in the picture).
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    IKEA's lighting section is deadly!!
    Last time I went I came out with 3 floor lamps and 2 table lamps.

    I went in for some picture frames!!!
     
  10. Silencio macrumors 68020

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  11. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    I ended up with this one from ikea. The wheels make it a bit more mobile in moving around a desk: http://www.ikea.com/
     
  12. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Did you like the price better than Ikeas? :D

    A lot of people are like Ikea here. I'm not partial to the thin as wire design with sharp edges. They're probably constructed well but they look flimsy, and I don't like that look. That one from Ylighgting doesn't look all that bad though. If it wasn't $100 I would consider it.
     
  13. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    I apologize for straying off topic, but is this common practice at colleges these days? I assume you mean that they don't allow halogen lamps in the dorm rooms -- why is that?
     
  14. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I love my Ott-Lite lamps. They're expensive but the light they emit is amazingly bright, even from the 13 watt bulbs.

    The prices are high, but you can get great deals locally, if you have a Joann, etc. available. They often run 40 % off coupons that you can use toward any of Ott-Lite's products.

    You'd probably be better off to get a floor lamp with a flexible neck. You'll have plenty of stuff on your desk already, right?
     
  15. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    They cause too many fires and suck too much juice.

    Link.
     
  16. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Huh. Well, there you go.
     
  17. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    That only applies to the free-standing torchiere (which I always pronounce as "torture") lamps. They were really popular in the early 90s, but are too easy to knock over. And if that hot, exposed halogen lamp hits something flammable...

    I have an IKEA torchiere-style lamp that uses a regular incandescent bulb. Doesn't get nearly as hot.

    Halogen desk lamps having weighted bases don't pose nearly the fire risk, and aren't banned in the web page above.

    And yeah, I preferred paying $30 or $40 for my IKEA Antifoni lamps over the $99 per I spent on those Pharmacy Desk Lamps from Ylighting, but the build quality and looks of those more expensive lamps is light years above and beyond IKEA's cheaper stuff. OTOH, there are some pretty nice designer desk lamps that go for $300-400+, so I think I hit the middle ground pretty well.
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I would recommend against fluorescent lighting if you are doing any design related work because off the green cast that it leaves. They have daylight rated bulbs now, but they still look odd to me.
    I now only use GE Reveal bulbs. They are coated so they "cool" the yellow tungsten light. It's like using tungsten film back in the day. Real good and you would not believe how different they are. I wish they had GE Reveal flood lamps though, as I have one that is still yellow and I refuse to use it because it is THAT yellow. :)
     
  19. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    Poul Henningsen 3 1/2
    I think it is a beautiful lamp with a perfect light. I have one myself and I wouldnt trade it for anything. The only downside... it is a bit expensive, but worth its price.
     

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    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20089435

    That's the light I use. I like the retro-ish look that it has. The switch is located on the cord (as with 95% of IKEA lamps) which I really think is retarded. But I like the way it looks and it does its' job.

    -Don
     
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    I really like this. Does this designer have a website? I can't find one :/
     
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    Anglepoise lamps for me all the way. I love them.

    That seems to be similar. Mine is a bit bigger, and white, with a more triangular-shaped head. God, I must stop. Now.

    I thought usually the Ikea designers just designed for Ikea, and no one else, but I could be wrong. If you look through the products you'll find they're done by the same 10-11 people.
     
  25. jayden.thomas macrumors newbie

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    Art & Functionality - Foscarini Esa07

    If you want to buy a modern object ánd a very useful lamp for your desk at the same time, then The Foscarini Esa 07 is the perfect solution. With a modern design, this lamp is offering you a comfortable sight and a relaxant source of light.
     

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