Having one of the best bedside lamps means you'll never have to get out of bed on a chilly night to turn the big light off and then grope your way back under the duvet in the dark. Of course, there are other benefits, too; a bedside lamp can provide a softer light than an overhead light, so it's not going to wake your brain up when it's time to go to sleep, and it can provide directional illumination too, so you can read at bedtime without disturbing your partner.
The only difficulty with finding the best bedside lamp is being completely overwhelmed by choice. There are far too many options out there, and your ideal bedside lamp will be an entirely subjective choice dependent on your priorities, taste and bedroom décor. Nevertheless, we've gathered together a strong selection of options for everyone; scroll down to find simple and unobtrusive lamps, delightfully quirky designs and advanced lighting options for gadget-lovers.
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The best bedside lamps 2022
Say what you will, we think there’s something utterly delightful about having the original Pixar lamp by your bedside, or on your desk, or anywhere really. Today’s Anglepoise lamps, including the Type 75, are still made to Sir Kenneth Grange’s original design, managing to be at once retro and ultra-modern, and its handsome design and solid build will ensure its cult status for many more decades to come. For a clean and modern home office or minimal boudoir, this is the one.
Philips makes what we think are the best smart bulbs around, and its bedside lamp offering is well worth a look. Equally great for bedtime relaxation, gentle wake-up calls, and creating ambience wherever you go, our pick for the bed smart bedside lamp is the wireless Philips Hue Go. This little lamp is portable, dimmable, and can turn itself any one of a frankly ridiculous 16 million colours. You can control the lighting with your voice by calling in reinforcements from Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant, and it’s compatible with all smart devices. We may not have the flying cars we were promised, but we do have this. The future is now.
If you're after a stylish but affordable bedside lamp, head to John Lewis & Partners for this 'Bobby' lamp. Available in a handful of tasteful, muted colours (navy, grey, dusty green), it's a simple design that'll fit in with a range of decor schemes. The frosted glass shade it a clever way of maximising light output and creating a warm glow that won't blind those nearby who happen to look at it directly (always a risk with bare-bulb designs). The fixed stem means it's not fully posable, but the shade itself can be pivoted to direct the light – for example at a book. Reviews are very positive, praising the quality you get here for a relatively low price.
The Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 will function as a bedside lamp, but it does a whole lot more besides. Our current best wake up light pick, the headline feature here is that the Shine 300 can be set to gradually brighten in the morning, cycling through a range of soothing sunrise colours until it reaches peak brightness at the time when you need to start you day. The idea is that it's a more natural way to wake up in the morning than an aggressively beeping alarm clock. Almost everything about the wakeup cycle – from duration to accompanying sounds – is customisable, and there's a sunset option too, to help you wind down at night. It also, of course, can just be used as a regular bedside lamp. Head to our Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 review for a more in-depth look at this option.
A scaled-down version of the ubiquitous HEKTAR floor lamp, our best bedside lamp tops the list thanks to its combination of good looks, build quality, ease of fitting, energy efficiency, and space saving design. HEKTAR comes with a choice of fittings, depending on whether you'd like to affix it to the wall (no pricey or fiddly rewiring required) or clip it to a bedside table or headboard. Wherever you put it, its adjustable design is sure to come in handy – direct the beam towards your book, Kindle, or other favourite pre-bed pastime, or point it out into the room for a softer, more diffused light.
As well as its problem-solving design, reviewers also loved HEKTAR's simple but considered styling. All agreed that its industrial-inspired shape and the pleasing contrast of glossy cream interior and matte gunmetal exterior belied its small price tag – but then what else do you expect from IKEA? Great all round.
Our favourite Habitat bedside lamp is this Habitat Rayner Table Lamp design. We love the pared back lines of the base, in an on-trend brass finish, combined with an exposed bulb. This lamp comes very well reviewed, with customers praising the quality and stylish design, as well as the reasonable price point. A couple of reviewers found the included bulbs too bright, but they're easy enough to switch out for a dimmer option if that's your preference. Obviously you won't be able to stick any old bulb in there are expect it to look good, but if you're happy to invest in some cool looking ones, this lamp is a great day to inject a touch of style into your bedsides.
These Cara bedside lamps, which come in pairs and are part of the John Lewis and Partners Anyday range, have chrome bases that include touch functionality. Tap to cycle between the three different brightness levels (or switch off entirely). The design is smart and understated, with the benefit of a compact size so it'll fit on almost any bedside table, and an extremely reasonable price point. The translucent glass shade diffuses the light to give a soft glow, and remove the risk of blinding yourself if you catch the lamp at the wrong angle. Only want one? The John Lewis & Partners Dexter Touch Lamp (opens in new tab) is very similar, and comes singularly. Browse our handy John Lewis discount codes to make sure you're not missing a saving on your order.
If you're looking for a lamp that's as beautiful off as it is on, make John Lewis & Partners' Lolly Lamp your go-to. Reviewers loved its fresh, nautical style – courtesy of a classic blue-and-white colourway – finding it both eye-catching and versatile enough to suit multiple decor styles. The ceramic base features hand-painted stripes that make each piece unique and bring a touch of artisanal flair to any bedroom.
Unlike table lamps made with multiple rooms in mind, this designed-for-purpose lamp is perfectly proportioned for bedside tables. Reviewers loved its small footprint, which leaves plenty of room for other essentials, and its height, which they say makes it ideal for bedtime reading. They also found its inline rocker switch easy to use – no more fumbling blindly under the shade with bleary eyes.
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How to choose the best bedside lamp
Much of what makes a great lamp will come down to your personal taste and kind of vibe you're trying to create – and to that end, check out these bedroom lighting tips for inspiration – but there are a couple of practical considerations to bear in mind before you make you choice.
First: size. The world of interiors is still abuzz with its love of hotel-inspired bedroom decor, and it's easy to get drawn in by outlandishly sized designs with maximalist shades and curvaceous vase-like bases – especially when you're buying online and can't see it in situ. We say leave it for the hallway or living room, where it's less likely to look overbearing (or worse, simply not fit on the nightstand). Our list of the best lamps shows that there's no need to compromise between practicality and luxury, with Italian it-brand Seletti and high-street favourite John Lewis & Partners offering sleek, stylish creations with small footprints.
Then, there's the question of energy usage. For this, consult the energy rating. For bulb-included options like the Philips Hue Go, you're working with ultra-efficient LEDs. For some of our more traditional designs, however, the energy efficiency may vary a lot depending on which bulb you use, which is worth bearing in mind if you're after a lamp for the long haul.