LED lighting can greatly improve the comfort and productivity of your workspace. No matter which desk activity (Gaming or Casual Usage) you’re up to, you’ll always appreciate the extra lighting experience.
If you’re looking for product ideas regarding LED lighting for desk, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will discuss the top 7 lighting solutions for your desk & you’ll decide which one you’ll adapt or ignore. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Top 7 Best LED Lighting Ideas For Desk Setup
From numerous lighting solutions for desks, I’ve chosen only seven of them. I believe these seven lighting solutions are the most practical ones. Here are they:
1. LED Strip Light
You can use LED strip light for lighting up your desk & it’s one of the cheapest yet most effective methods out there. Depending on the settings of the LED strip light, you can expect to have a wide variety of lighting effects and moods.
The installation process of LED light strips for desk lighting is very simple. All you will have to do is peel off the adhesive cover & stick it to your desired location/place of the desk. You may need to use extra double-sided tape as the built-in adhesive isn’t strong enough to hold LED light strips for a long time.
You can utilize only three places on the desk to install LED light strips. These places are – the underside of the desk or behind the desk, and the backside of the monitor. Other than these three ways, you won’t get a fruitful result.
2. Monitor Light Bar
Say goodbye to eye strain and enhance your workspace with a monitor light bar. The monitor light bar effectively reduces eye strain during prolonged screen use or low-light reading sessions while providing an additional light source for improved visibility.
There are a wide variety of color temperatures for you to choose & each of them simulates a different type of lighting effect. For example, if you’re setting your light bar at 5500k temperature, you will have a natural daylight-type lighting experience in your room. Just like this, other temperatures mimic other lighting conditions.
Setting up a monitor light bar is very easy. These monitor bars are USB powered, meaning you can power them up from your computer. Just mount your monitor light bar above the monitor & you’re good to go.
3. Under Monitor Light Bar
An under-monitor light bar can enhance your daily usage experience, including work, gaming, movie watching, and musical activities. Depending on your use case, you can choose a white or RGB under-monitor light bar.
If you’re looking for a light bar that will help you read hard material or write notes with pen & paper – select the white light bar option. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a light bar that will dramatically enhance your gaming or content consumption experience – go for the RGB option.
Overall, if you’re looking to add an extra touch of style to your workspace while also improving your comfort and productivity – an under-monitor light bar is the way to go.
4. LED Light Bars
Add extra lighting flavor to your desk with LED light bars. Most of these bars are smart and can be operated by voice assistants such as – Alexa & Google Assistant. Simply command your assistant to turn on LED light bars, and it will be done.
You can install LED light bars at different places on your desk. Whether you want to make your light bars lay flat, stand vertically, or mount behind a monitor or TV, it’s up to you. LED light bars come with a built-in microphone so they can take input from the surrounding & react accordingly.
With the built-in mic, you’ll enjoy an immersive gaming and music experience. Depending on the brand of your choice, you’ll surely get a number of preset music or game modes for you to play around. You can also make your own custom lighting effect with the provided app.
5. Portable Dimmable Table Lamp
A portable dimmable table lamp is a must-have product for anyone who values versatility and convenience in their lighting. With its rechargeable and wireless design, you can easily take it with you wherever you go. This feature alone makes it perfect for work, play, and everything in between.
One of the standout features of this lamp is its dimming capabilities. You can adjust the brightness to match your needs. Whether you want a warm & cozy light for relaxation or a bright light for reading or working – the portable dimmable table lamp will satisfy your needs.
Another feature that sets this lamp apart is its compatibility with smart home devices. You can control it through voice assistants, such as Google Assistant, Alexa & HomeKit. Overall, this portable dimmable table lamp is great for anyone looking for something to enhance their mood through lighting effects.
6. Wireless Charging LED Lights
What if you can also get your phone charging done while illuminating your desk space? You can do that with a wireless charging LED light. With various color modes & adjustable brightness, you can choose the one which will increase your productivity or concentration.
This type of LED & phone charging duo option is perfect for those who want to reduce clutter and streamline their workspace. Wireless charging LED lights come in various styles and colors, so you can find the perfect option to match your decor.
7. Convert Your Desk Wall into an Art with LED Lighting
Not only the desk, but you can also decorate the wall behind your desk with light panels. These light panels come in two shapes, and they are – Triangle & Hexagone. The installation process of these light panels is very simple & anybody can do it.
You can literally turn your wall into an art piece & it’s because of the aesthetic feel these light panels give. You can activate your light panels through voice assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, etc. Also, these panels are sound-reactive & they will mimic the surrounding through their lighting effect.
Whether you’re a gaming person or a casual computer user, you’ll love having these light panels behind your desk. These light panels will make your mood relatively better while being in action.
Tips For Choosing the Best LED Lighting For Desk
I have already mentioned my top 7 picks on LED lighting for a desk. If you’re confused about which one to buy or want tips for choosing the best LED lighting for your desk, this segment is for you.
1. Consider The Size and Shape Of Your Desk
Before choosing your lighting product, measure your desk first. Measure the perimeter of your desk if you intend to wrap the side with an LED light strip. Also, you’ll have to measure the surface area if you’re willing to place lighting products such as – LED Light Bars, Portable Dimmable LED Lamp Light & Wireless Charging LED Lights.
That being said, consider the size and shape of your desk & allocate space for the lighting equipment after placing your must-have materials (Keyboard, PC, and Monitor) first.
2. Think About the Type of Activities You Will Be Doing at Your Desk
Every LED light created for desk use won’t satisfy your needs. First, you’ll have to determine why you’re purchasing more light sources for your desk. Then you can choose your lighting product easily. Let me help you out:
- Desk Lighting For Reading & Writing
Depending on your reading/writing materials (soft copy or hard copy), you’ll love the lighting of various temperatures.
For example, if you intend to read and write on hard copies, you’ll need natural daylight brightness which can be achieved with a light source of 5000k to 5500k temperature.
On the other hand, if you’re into soft copies – you might opt for a LED light with a color temperature of 2700K to 3000K.
- Desk Lighting For Gaming
RGB lighting will best suit you if you want to take your gaming experience to the next level. Use LED light strips, portable dimmable table lamps or light bars as they will respond to the sound of your game.
Also, you can consider lighting products with a high color temperature. A high color temperature range from 6000K to 6500K will provide a bright and crisp light that will help you stay focused and alert.
Read Also: Led Lighting Ideas For Gaming Room Setup
- Desk Lighting For Computing
If you’re using your computer for basic computing tasks like web browsing, working on documents (MS word or Google Docs), or watching videos – you can try LED light with a lower color temperature from 2700K to 3000K. This warm and yellow-toned light will create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for you to enjoy your computer usage.
3. Consider the Style of Your Desk and Room
Your room style will greatly influence your desk lighting decision-making. If your room has a minimalist and modern style, you might opt for LED lights with clean lines and a sleek design. On the other hand, if your room has a more traditional or classic feel, you might choose LED lights with a gorgeous design.
It’s also important to consider the color of your room while choosing LED lights. Always try to match the color temperature of your room to the color temperature of your desk lighting. By doing this, your room & desk feel will perfectly blend together.
4. Decide on Dimmable or Non-Dimmable Lighting
I recommend dimmable lighting if you intend to use your desk lighting for a long time and care about adjusting the brightness level. Dimmable LED lights allow you to adjust the brightness of the light output, which can be useful for creating different lighting scenarios (High to Low Brightness) in your room.
On the other hand, if you don’t care about adjusting brightness or using your desk lighting for a limited time – non dimmable lights will do the work. The non-dimmable LED lights offer a fixed brightness level.
I hope this article was helpful enough to give you ideas on LED lighting for desk setup. I have discussed a total of 7 lighting product types you can use on your desk. Now, it’s up to you which lighting solution you’ll accept.
I have also discussed tips on choosing the best lighting solution for your desk so that you can choose products outside the 7 types I’ve mentioned in this article.
I am Mark Braeden, a professional electrician based in California. With over a decade of experience in the electrical industry, I have launched this website with the aim of sharing my expertise and providing solutions to common lighting issues that can cause frustration for homeowners.
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