What type of desk lamp is right for me?

First, determine how much illumination you need. Lighting requirements change as you age. On average, people up to age 24 require 3 to 5 watts from an LED light bulb. Five to 10 watts are ideal for those age 25 and older. Look for the equivalent light intensity when you use other types of bulbs, including incandescent, fluorescent and halogen types.

What other features should I look for in desk lamps?

Once you've determined the amount of illumination that you need, consider the space where you'll place the desk lamp. Determine if it'll accommodate a large desk lamp, or if a smaller desk lamp is more practical. If your desk has some necessary clutter, a desk lamp with an adjustable neck allows you the convenience of maneuvering the light to more convenient positions. A clip-on lamp is even better at saving space and can attach to a shelf above your desk.