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!


A good lamp can reduce eye strain and brighten your mood, so it's a good idea to get one if you do a lot of crafting. We've picked out some of the best daylight craft lamps you can buy online to replicate natural light in your own home.

We’ve selected lamps to suit all budgets and craft workspaces – whether you have a dedicated craft room or you prefer to sit on the sofa in your evenings. You’ll find floor standing lamps, portable clasp lamps and freestanding desk lamps below.

Best daylight craft lamps

Best budget daylight lampSkyleo LED Desk Lamp with clamp

Best daylight floor lamp - Daylight Company Integrated Duolamp

Best overall daylight lamp - Dyson Solarcycle Morph Floor lamp

Best Daylight Craft Lamps – Desk Lamps

Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp

Woman at desk using Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp

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!

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Purelight 4-in-1 Crafters Magnifying Lamp

Purelight 4-in-1 Crafters Magnifying Lamp

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

OttLite Wellness Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base

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.

Skyleo LED Desk Lamp with Clamp

Skyleo LED Desk Lamp with Clamp on a desk

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

Daylight Company Lumi Task Lamp

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

TaoTronics LED Desk Flexible Lamp

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

ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Oliver LED Floor Lamp, Satin Nickel

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

Kenley Natural Daylight Floor Lamp

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

Daylight Company Integrated DuoLamp

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 69 inches.

Dyson CSYS Task Light

Dyson CSYS Task Light

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.

Dyson Solar Cycle Morph Floor Lamp

Dyson solarcycle floor lamp

If you're up for making a serious investment, then the Dyson SolarCycle Morph floor lamp is a serious bit of kit!

It covers all of your different lighting needs in one stylish floor-standing lamp. It can be used as a task light for your crafting needs with a powerful and focussed light that has been engineered to reduce eye strain. Then there's the indirect mode to provide soft background lighting, and the feature mode that can be used to showcase art and decorative features. Finally there's the super-cool ambient mode, where the stem lights up to create a warm and relaxing glow.

As you'd expect rom Dyson, there's some impressive tech involved too. It intelligently tracks the local daylight and adjusts automatically every 60 seconds. The light is controlled by the Dyson Link app, which not only allows you to control the light modes but also account for your age and the time of day.

Machines for making

If you’re on the hunt for more craft tech to start the new year, you might also like our guides to the best die cut machines and best sewing machines for beginners.

sizzix big shot foldaway die cutting machine

Craft in comfort

Getting your lighting right makes a huge difference to how comfortable you are when crafting. Not only will it help you to see those tiny details, but will also help reduce eye strain – meaning you can craft for longer.


Get your craft source organised

AS well as getting your lighting right, organising your supplies so you can easily find what you need will make your crafting time a lot more enjoyable. Check out the best craft room storage solutions with Gathered.


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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