USB Lamps That Do More Than Just Illuminate

Let there be light….and a power source for your phone! Get the best of both worlds with these twofers.

byCarla Sosenko| PUBLISHED Apr 2, 2021 3:58 PM
USB Lamps That Do More Than Just Illuminate
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Admit it: The last time you were in a hotel that had a lamp with USB ports, you thought to yourself, “That’s actually a really good idea!” Now you can bring that magic home and stop fighting over the one working outlet in the room when your phone is at 3 percent.

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It doesn’t matter whether the light is on or off—you gear will power up in either mode. Adjust the brightness by simply pressing the base.

Before you buy, consider whether it’s important to you to have dimming options on your lamp. It may seem like an extraneous feature if you’re used to just flicking a light on or off with no options in between, but there’s something nice about having one light to read in, another to watch TV in, and another to nap in.

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This one not only charges your devices, it also has two slots to hold them, just in case you’re the type to maybe swat one off the nightstand in your sleep.

Once you’ve chosen your lamp, consider your ideal bulb. (Most USB lamps will come with a bulb included, but you can always replace it.) Trendy Edison bulbs, for example, cast a comforting warm glow but aren’t particularly energy-efficient. Smart bulbs, on the other hand, require an additional, potentially pricey device to connect, but once they’re set up, you’re always just one “Alexa, turn on the light” away from an illuminated path. Make sure the bulb you want is compatible with the lamp you like, and vice versa.

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With four charging spots, you can power up your phone, your tablet, your computer and one more device of your choosing, all at the same time!

The dimness of the bulb is one thing—the temperature is another. Most people prefer warm lighting, which emits a golden cast and is gentler on the eyes than cool lighting (think the harsh fluorescents in a doctor’s office). Color temperature is measured in kelvins (K). Anything over 5000K is considered cool, while anything 2700K and 4000K is warm.