11 best table lamps

Banish dark corners and old, dusty lampshades with our illuminating pick of the best table lamps

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Whether for your bedside or home office desk, our pick of table lamps will have you itching for something new.

1. Dipped Chromed Metal Desk Lamp: £35, habitat.co.uk

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This desk lamp has a modest, minimal design but packs a punch with its shiny finish in chrome-plated metal. Ideal as a reading lamp, it has an integrated low-energy bulb and a repositionable head.

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2. Beat Lamp by Tom Dixon: £475, occa-home.co.uk

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British designer Tom Dixon’s Beat range is inspired by traditional Indian water vessels. The table lamp has a conical shade and pivot detail in brass, which contrasts with a black finish. The shade can be adjusted to position the light.

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3. Mantis LED table lamp: £35, johnlewis.com

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This simple but futuristic lamp makes use of LEDs, which have are 90% more efficient than traditional bulbs and have a 20-year lifespan. Many dislike the brightness of LEDs for home use, but Mantis can be pointed to a wall for a more diffused effect.

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4. Arles table lamp: £100, conranshop.co.uk

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We like the 1950s feel to Arles and can see it right at home on the desks of a smart Mad Men-style Manhattan office. The steel and brass shape (which comes in black, white, mint or berry) is actually inspired by the architecture of the French town after which it is named.

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5. Bermondsey Table Light: £100, gardentrading.co.uk

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This combination steel and oak number from Garden Trading is the perfect balance of industrial and homely, meaning it would look equally at home in a country cottage or a warehouse loft.

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6. Loaf Gilbert Lamp: £95, loaf.com

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We’re fans of this vintage-look steel lamp. At 61cm, it’s taller than some on the list, but with its adjustable stem and head you can still hone-in on the area you need to light up.

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7. Anglepoise 1227 Desk Lamp: £225, johnlewis.com

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First created in 1934, this design classic was re-issued in 2009 to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The latest update is this cool powder blue. Comes with a two year guarantee.

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8. The Forest & Co Copper Angled Table Lamp: £67, notonthehighstreet.com

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This vibrant copper lamp will add a bit of luxe to your home without being flashy. Plus we reckon it looks more expensive than it is, which is always a bonus.

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9. George Home Wood Effect Desk Lamp: £20, direct.asda.com

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This Scandi-inspired desk lamp mixes matt black metal, wood effect and copper detailing for a clean, contemporary look without being completely boring and, at 43cm tall, it doesn’t take up too much space.

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10. Z Table Lamp: £35, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

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Add a burst of colour to a pared-back workspace or bedroom without going OTT with this minimalist and playful pink lamp from Urban Outfitters.

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11. Mod 548 Lamp by FLOS: £816, skandium.com

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The Mod 548 is the lighting equivalent of a supercar. Designed in beautiful balance by Italian design legend Gino Sarfatti, it projects light up to a reflecting screen. The screen is set within streamlined head of shiny opaline methacrylate in orange or blue.

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For the best table lamp investment, think about how and when you’ll use it most. For a soft ambient light that’s good for reading, Arles makes the grade. A long-lasting LED design such as Mantis is better for the home office.

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