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Published on September 21st, 2014 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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