Brighten up your craft room with a daylight lamp and you’ll thank yourself not just in the coming darker months, but for years to come. Daylight craft lamps are enjoying a surge in popularity this winter as lockdowns have increased the amount of time we spend at home with our craft projects. The Crafts Council has revealed a dramatic increase in the UK’s crafters over the past 4 years, with 73% of the UK population buying some form of craft supplies in 2020, while last year’s lockdowns saw online craft stores selling out of knitting kits and sewing machines. With so many of us taking up crafting, from crochet to embroidery, there’s a growing demand for good lighting so we can see what we’re doing! We’re here to help.
Not only can a good lamp reduce eye strain and brighten your mood, it will make it easier for you to see what you’re making – whether you’re reading a pattern, cross stitching several similar shades, threading a needle or counting your knitting stitches. One recent study showed that 3 out of 4 of us experience eye strain at some point in life. We’ve picked lamps for this roundup with an aim of giving you an artificial light for your craft room (and home) whose energy distribution matches that of daylight.
In this round-up, you’ll find 10 of our favourite daylight craft lamps for sewing, embroidery, arts and crafts to boost your arts and crafts this winter. We’ve selected lamps to suit all budgets and craft workspaces – whether you have a whole desk or room to spread out on or you’re stitching on the sofa in your evenings. We want to find the best lamp for you, so below you’ll find floor standing lamps, portable clasp lamps and freestanding desk lamps in this guide to 10 of the best daylight craft lamps.
Main image: Daylight Company Slimline LED Table Lamp
Best daylight craft lamps
Here’s a few of our favourite daylight lamps for sewing, embroidery and crafting – pick your favourite and brighten up your workspace…
- Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp
- Purelight 4-in-1 Crafters Magnifying Lamp
- OttLite Wellness Glow LED Desk Lamp
- Dyson CSYS Task Light
- Skyleo LED Desk Lamp with clamp
- Daylight Company Lumi Task Lamp
- TaoTronics Flexible Desk Lamp
- John Lewis & Partners Oliver LED Floor Lamp
- Kenley Natural Floor Daylight Lamp
- Daylight Company Integrated Duolamp
Best Daylight Craft Lamps – Desk Lamps
Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £87.94)
Made from beautiful brushed chrome, Daylight Company’s powerful Slimline LED Table Lamp features an easy-to-use clamp system and two unique flex points, so you can manipulate the light to shine exactly where you need it, because, let’s face it, the tiny bulbs on our sewing machines are never enough! The long arm reach gives wide, even light coverage, which is ideal for large work surfaces (yep, you can cut sewing patterns to your heart’s content, day or night) and the clever light source helps to reduce eye strain and glare too – genius! While we’ve featured the desk lamp version here (pictured in our main image, above) it also comes in a floor-based version – the Daylight Slimline Floor Lamp (£141, Amazon).
Purelight 4-in-1 Crafters Magnifying Lamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £68.71)
Great for if you want versatile lighting to fit a variety of craft situations, this nifty little lamp can be used as a floor lamp, desk lamp or table lamp– clever eh? It offers instant brightness with little heat, making it great if you’re planning to settle down for a lengthy craft session. We like it for knitting, sewing and embroidery but you could use it for any detailed craft work or as a reading lamp too. Along with the light, it also comes with a 6-inch glass lens which acts to magnify your work – making it a handy contender to consider if you struggling to thread a needle or you’re working on a high count cross stitch fabric – in fact it even has a chart holder and accessories tray.
OttLite Wellness Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base
- Buy it now (Amazon, £65.68)
Yep – colour-changing base people. If that isn’t enough to get you hooked on this lovely little lamp, this award-winning desk lamp has been proven to reduce eyestrain by half (using an exclusive ClearSun LED technology that OttLite say comes as close to the sun’s spectral output as you can get). We’ll happily take that given the limited number of daylight hours in January). In techie terms, it has a maximum lumen output of 450 and practically speaking we like the touch activated control. Choose between three brightness settings and you can adjust the arm and shade to get your light position just right. It also comes with a nifty USB charging port and includes energy efficient LEDs that should last you up to 40,000 hours
Dyson CSYS Task Light
- Buy it now (Dyson, £400 or £33 a month for 1 year)
OK so this one will set you back (it’s the most expensive lamp in this article), but it is pretty swanky so worth considering if you have a bigger budget and really do struggle in the dark winter months. It promises light quality that will last for 60 years so it is a once-in-a lifetime purchase and you can pay for it in monthly instalments if the initial outlay is out of your reach. But let’s talk details – what do you get for your money. Well basically the best of product engineering that you would expect from Dyson. It includes nifty Heat Pipe technology will keeps its 6 high-power LEDs cool enough to protect the light it offers for 6 decades. It’s a powerful beast (over 1000 lux) with glare protection and low optical flicker. It has been designed with a 3 Axis Glide motion that means you can easily adjust this powerful light precisely where you need it: vertically, horizontally or through 360° and it has a slide touch dimmer so you can set the light level that’s right for you.
Skyleo LED Desk Lamp with Clamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £29.99)
If you’re looking for a trusty lamp but have limited budget to spend, this could be the one for you. This handy desk lamp with clamp offers you 3 light modes – white light 6000K, daylight 4500K or warm light 3000K, with 10 levels of brightness to choose between. It has a strong aluminium clamp which can be attached to tabletops of up to 2.1inches and it rotates easily so you can get the position and angle you need. To protect your eyes it is non-flickering, anti glare and with no ultraviolet rays. It’s energy saving and uses 75% less power than traditional incandescent lights, while its hidden cabling lets you have a completely free desk surface.
Daylight Company Lumi Task Lamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £95.11)
Enhance your crafting experience, day or night, with this nifty lamp from Daylight Company. LUMI is ideal to use on any desk, workspace or cutting table, with an easily adjustable shade to help you spread light into any desired position, and an adaptable dimmer to control the amount of light. The natural daylight glow will show your fabrics, threads and yarns at their best, enabling perfect colour matching and easy piecing… what more could a maker want?!
TaoTronics LED Desk Flexible Lamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, 28.99)
Treat your eyes without breaking the bank with this LED, flicker-free light. It comes with 35 lighting options, with 5 colour modes and 7 levels of brightness for you to find the right light to suit your needs. It has built in, energy-efficient LED technology and offers a flexible gooseneck that can be easily adjusted to any angle. It also offers touch control & memory function, so it will remember the brightness and mode you were using when you put down your WIP last.
Best Daylight Craft Lamps – Floor Lamps
John Lewis & Partners Oliver LED Floor Lamp
- Buy it now (John Lewis, £75)
This one’s for everyone out there looking for a stylish floor lamp that will brighten up their room visually as well as literally. It has a sleek, modern and minimalist style and features a non-replaceable integrated LED light, using about 85% less energy than traditional bulbs. It offers a bright light, while the adjustable head can be directed wherever you need it. While the light can’t be replaced, it does promise 20,000 hours of light with a 5W bulb that gives a light of 345 Lumens.
Kenley Natural Floor Daylight Lamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £78.89)
We especially like the introductory promise of this lamp – it offers you a light “like noon sunshine” – sounds good right? It gives the effect of full daylight at any time of night or on a dull day, with a colour temperature of 6400K – as close to daylight as electric light gets. The energy saving bulb included lasts for up to 8,000 hours and uses just 27W of electricity. It’s lightweight and portable, measuring 63in (160cm) tall with an adjustable swivel neck. Another nice touch – it comes with a 69in (175cm) cable so has a pretty long reach if you’re crafting a bit away from your nearest plug socket.
Daylight Company Integrated DuoLamp
- Buy it now (Amazon, £59.04)
The only light in this round up to offer a double head – increasing the area of your workspace you can light up as you craft and accurate colour matching. Daylight Company offer a trusted brandname, which comes quality details like 56 high quality daylight LEDs, a touch switch dimmer with 4 brightness levels and a lamp brightness of 2090 lux. Plus let’s not forget a cable length of 69inches.