10 Best Reading Lights | May 2017
We spent 21 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Perfect for allowing you to read comfortably in bed without disturbing your partner, these reading lights come in highly portable designs that clip either onto your book or your furniture. Available in a range of power options, including battery and USB, they’re also wonderful for illuminating craft areas or campgrounds. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best reading light on Amazon.
The WannaBi Plug is a trim and tiny unit that can be easily mounted on a headboard or wall by drilling two quick holes. The high-quality bulb provides 3 watts of soft light, and you can choose between white and warm white, depending on your preference.
- six-foot-long cord
- also works as a bathroom nightlight
- noticeably unattractive power switch
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
Although its gooseneck is a little floppy, the Ikea Jansjo is useful thanks to a 1.25-inch clamp that’ll go almost anywhere you need it to, from counters to tables. Its body is powder-coated for durability, so it’ll last as long as its 20,000-hour LED.
- comes in six colors
- slim enough for the smallest places
- a little harsh for extended reading
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Okay, technically, the Lumiens L9 was created for musicians and not readers. However, it’s got a wide grip, nine lights, and a no-flicker design, so it’s just as useful for book lovers. You can use the AC adapter or switch to batteries when you’re on the go.
- strong and not droopy gooseneck
- silicone pad in clip for protection
- pricier than many options
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If you’re looking for a dedicated reading lamp for your bedroom only, then you might need the Walter Drake Headboard. The bendable metal hooks open up to 1.5 inches wide, so it fits many headboards, and its pull chain makes for effortless operation.
- also great for nighttime knitters
- provides useful illumination angle
- doesn't include bulb
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The Kedsum Dimmable Clamp features a touch-sensitive control panel with three brightness levels. It has an extra-strong clip that grips almost anything, but it’s also balanced so that it can stand on its own, or it can be attached to a wall.
- neck rotates completely
- zero-radiation beam is easy on eyes
- not as long-lasting as other models
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
With the Lelife 5W, you’ve got options. It can be conveniently powered with the included UL AC adapter, but if no socket is available, go ahead and use a USB cord. The wide clamp goes where you need it to, as well, although it's so strong it might mar delicate furniture.
- two brightness settings
- 60-day money-back guarantee
- low setting may be too dim for some
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
For travel, check out the Mighty Bright Recharge, which is constructed of tough and flexible silicone. The two LEDs shine through a precisely engineered lens that spreads the light evenly, illuminating a greater area while using less energy.
- fully recharges in one hour
- low battery indicator
- slim clip may not fit all e-readers
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
The energy-saving Newhouse Lighting 3W offers a non-flickering, soft warm glow that’s got a color temperature of 3000K, so it’s not as bright or harsh as other LED reading lamps. This sleek, modern design is available in black, blue, or purple.
- perfect for dorm rooms
- polished chrome gooseneck
- suction cup grips for stability
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When you think of a book light, it’s probably something like the classic design of the LuminoLite Rechargeable that you picture. With its built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, four powerful LEDs, and three brightness settings, you’ll be reading long into the night.
- helps reduce eyestrain
- runs up to 10 hours between charges
- also stands up on base
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
The Trond Halo gives you the ability to choose from among five lighting temperatures, from 3000K to 6200K, and five dimming levels, so you can set the perfect brightness for any activity. This eye-protective model is flicker-free and anti-glare with no ghosting.
- built-in memory function
- handy usb charging port
- 30-minute timer mode
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|