Published on September 21st, 2014 | by Greg0
Adesso Reach: A Desk Lamp Perfect For Reading
Lighting can all too often be invisible- it blends into a room, providing illumination without distraction, function typically more important than form. But the best lights improve upon the candle, not only creating a way to beat back the darkness but providing a bit of beauty as well.
The Adesso Reach Desk Lamp achieves both of these goals, without trying too hard and without putting much of a dent in your wallet. We love good design, but are even happier when it doesn’t end with an empty bank account. Adesso makes a wide range of affordable home goods, from coat racks and shelving solutions to chairs and sofas. But lighting is one of their largest categories, and their range includes pendants and floor lamps. The Reach is even available as a matching standing lamp version, and both feature a similar look and feel.
Surprisingly adjustable, the lamp features a multi-joint arm and swings flexibly but with control, allowing you to easily find the optimal angle. Even the shade twists and turns, so you can illuminate your walls, art, or use as an ambient source as well. The bulb is shorter and smaller than you might imagine, but provides a fair bit of brightness belying it’s size- despite drawing only 7.2 watts the Reach can only produce 450 lumens. A nifty magnifier screen helps achieve this effect. And the color temperature is great- a nice, natural middle ground between the too-cold white halogen or fluorescent and the yellow warmth of incandescent, thanks to a new LED bulb that is ideal for reading.
Available in matte black with a red push-button switch or a modern steel with black push-button switch, the Adesso Reach has a solid, weighty base and the whole thing folds down for easy storage or transport. There’s no assembly required, and it’s just the right height to be useful on a nightstand, not just a desk. The Adesso Reach can be purchased directly, from retailers, or via online merchants as well, and runs about $250.