Remember poor old Bob Cratchit scratching away at his high desk? Straining his eyes to do his clerking by the light of a guttering candle.
Toiling away under the cold, heartless eye of his unsympathetic boss Scrooge.
The penny-pinching Scrooge even begrudged Bob a day off to spend Christmas with his family. What a tightwad!
Well, we've left those working conditions behind us now. Though people who work in the modern gig economy might question that those hard times are gone forever.
At least we don't, unlike Bob, have to tolerate bad lighting at our work stations in the office or at home.
If they had been around, touch activated desk lamps might have impressed even Scrooge. Enough to buy one for Bob? - well, not before Scrooge's Christmas redemption for sure.
Any one of the following five models would have swayed the old miser. Their cost-effectiveness and efficiency would have amazed him enough to buy one!
So there's no need to suffer like Bob. Whatever type of detailed desk work you do, use one of these lamps to protect your vision. They emit natural daylight without the usual flicker that's hard on the eyes.
The selected lights have been chosen for their sleek lines and hi-tech functions - the space age in a light! The low prices were another factor in the choice - you get a lot for your dollars. Users certainly like them enough to give them ratings at 4.4 stars minimum and above!
Fugetek claim that their design for recessed LED's is unique to them. They say this gives extra eye protection to the user as the lights cannot shine directly into their eyes.
Made from ABS plastic, finished in black, the product is over 16 inches high with a projection of around 12 inches. It weighs in at only 3 lbs.
It has four levels of lighting from reading to sleep each of which are easily accessed by the touch of your finger. There are five levels of brightness and it is fitted with a touch-sensitive dimmer switch. Given the steady lighting modes, the model can be used for intricate work for lengthy periods of time without tiring the eyes.
The lamp is fitted with 27 recessed LED's that can give up to 50K hours of normal usage through 14W low-energy consumption. The light is connected to the mains by an AC lead through an adapter.
Smartphones can be charged through the USB port but the device must be a maximum of 5V(1-1.5A). The makers warn that trying to charge devices that need power above this level may damage them.
They ask only a meager price for all this technology. No wonder then that, out of over 1800 reviews, a staggering 86% gave this beauty the full five stars!
Look what you get for your money - a light, a clock, a pen & pencil holder, a thermometer, a calendar - all neatly packaged on top of a snazzy color-changing base. It's a bit of a plaything really as well as being fully functional. What youngster won't love this beaut.
The white finished product is about 24 inches tall and sits on a solid base around 5 inches square.
The unit is powered by a 5V lithium battery (supplied with the package). LED lights are fitted with a diffuser that softens the light to prevent glare. The lights can be dimmed and can be set at three levels through touch control. There is an inbuilt light show that is controlled by the top-mounted spectrum and activated by fingertip touch. Complies with CE, RoHS and the adapter meets the UL safety requirements.
One 5V/2A USB port is used to charge any suitable device such as a smartphone - it's compatible with both iOS and Android.
This item is rated highly by those folks who have bought it. Over 4 out of 5 stars is a good rating in anybody's book! One reviewer did caution that you need to hang on to your pencils when using the controls as they are on the bottom of the unit!
It comes in a painted black finish and stands around 18 inches high on a 7 inch square base-plate. The height when the light is parallel to the desk surface is about 15 inches.
The low-energy unit runs on mains voltage and uses 5 - 11W depending on the brightness setting. The LED's are eco-friendly with a claimed 25-year life span. The natural lights have inbuilt eye protection against glare. There are five levels of dimmable brightness and four lighting modes from warm relaxation to white light for reading and detailing. You can set a 30/60 minute timer to automatically switch off the light when you are in bed. All the light functions are controlled by a touch-sensitive remote control.
The light is fitted with a 5v/2A USB port for charging smartphones.
If you need a smart-looking modern desk light, then this model should be your choice. Join the 3.700 plus users who have scored this model an incredible 4.8 stars out of 5. What better proof can you need?
Easily portable, it's made from painted plastic and lightweight at just over a pound. It's a neat size - only around 10 inches high on a base roughly 5 inches square.
The gooseneck is flexible and you can bend the light in any direction you wish to focus the light precisely where you need it to be.
It's fitted with a Li-on rechargeable battery and a USB port that can be connected to a another USB port on a PC for recharging. Alternately it can be charged through an adapter (supplied) connected to the mains. Depending on the light mode selected, the device can run for 2.5 to 6 hours from one charge.
The 16 energy-efficient LED's are eye friendly to protect your vision - no annoying flicker. They are touch-controlled and the brightness can be set to three different levels to suit your mood. Turn on the base for the nightlight function and choose your color or set the base to cycle automatically through the color spectrum.
This light comes with a 24 month warranty which gives you confidence in the product. Good after sales service is always desirable and one happy customer who reported a fault said the lamp was replaced immediately without question.
Guess that might be part of the reason the over 1700 folks rated this light at 4.5 stars. Not bad for a product that costs only a few coffees.
As its name suggests, the light clamps onto your working surface at any point you choose. This saves you working room that would taken up by a free-standing light. It can fix on to tops up to 2.36 inches thick.
It's made from aluminium with a matte silver finish and weighs just under 3 lbs. As the main arms are over 16 inches each and the light-head is over 13 inches, the lamp can stretch up to illuminate larger areas - that's very useful when working at a large drawing board.
It's powered by switched cable from the mains through an adapter (supplied). The LED lights are touch controlled and provide a near daylight level of lighting through a special panel that protects your eyes from strong glare and flicker. The light can be dimmed by touch to whatever level you need. The LED's are low-heat, low-use energy with a claimed life of around 25 years for normal use.
The device carries a year's guarantee for peace of mind. Reviewers rate it highly with 4.6 stars and that is very reassuring for prospective buyers.