The 10 Best Clamp Lights

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in September of 2020. Offering a versatile lighting solution, these convenient clip-on lights can be mounted just about anywhere, and are ideal for reading or working in poorly-lit areas. They often feature an adjustable neck that allows the lamp to be positioned at any angle, a sturdy clamp, controls for changing the brightness and color temperature, and are available in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Otus Motion Activated

2. Klein Tools Work Light

3. DZLight Dual Head

Editor's Notes

September 18, 2020:

An adequate light source is an important consideration when working, studying, or reading, as it will help prevent eye fatigue and focus attention on the job in hand. A good-quality clamp light offers versatility since it can be mounted within close proximity of the task, such as on a nightstand, office desk, or even a set of ladders. Modern lamps often feature LED lighting with digitally adjustable brightness, color, and delay settings, allowing you to customize the light dispersion for each situation.

The lamps we considered for this ranking fall into two main categories, namely reading or desk lights and general-purpose or work lights. Those looking for an option that is bright enough to work with might consider the Woods Aluminum, which has a polished reflector and is available in three sizes up to 300 watts. The Keystone A-1100_UL is similar in design and features a heat-resistant shade made from polycarbonate, however, this one has only a 75 watt capacity. The Klein Tools Work Light is notable for its versatility, as the clamp converts into a stand or can be held like a torch.

If you're looking for a dedicated reading light or for a lamp to clip to your desk, the Qqappu Reading Light, the Youkoyi LED Desk, and the DZLight Dual Head all feature adjustable brightness, anti-glare designs, and specific light coloring to protect your eyes while reading. The latter has two independent heads that can be focused on an object to eliminate shadows, or be used by two persons at once. The ToJane Architect and the Otus Motion Activated are both larger models with long swing arms and bright lamps, making them a good choice for an office. The Otus Motion Activated also features an infrared sensor for turning it on and off, and comes with a clamp and a solid desktop base, giving a choice of mounting options.

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4. Keystone A-1100_UL

5. QQAPPU Reading Light

6. Youkoyi LED Desk

7. Kiven Bullet

8. Newhouse Lighting Joe

9. ToJane Architect

10. Woods Aluminum

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Chris Gillespie
Last updated by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.

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