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One True Thing

One True Thing: The Desk Lamp


The want: A crisp, compact light for late nights and gloomy days at the office. It should be sleek and not ostentatious—with a bulb that lasts.

The get: Artemide's Itis Table Lamp ($340 at artemidestore.com) has a 15-inch stem that tilts and pivots to point light where you need it. The LED bulb lasts 50,000 hours and delivers one concentrated beam along with a softer glow diffused through transparent polycarbonate sides. A touch dimmer adjusts from dim to bright. Plus, the base is only five inches in diameter so it leaves room for the rest of your junk.

THE BATTLE OF THE BULBS

What you should know about the most popular light sources

LED

Color/quality: Crisp, daylight-like
Energy efficiency: Excellent
Bulb life: 100,000 hours
Intensity: Brightest (the best)

HALOGEN

Color/quality: Blue-white, clear
Energy efficiency: Good
Bulb life: 2,250-3,500 hours
Intensity: Bright

COMPACT FLUORESCENT

Color/quality: Sometimes dull
Energy efficiency: Great
Bulb life: 6,000-8,000 hours
Intensity: Kinda bright

INCANDESCENT

Color/quality: Warm, soft, flattering
Energy efficiency: Bad
Bulb life: 750-1,000 hours
Intensity: Dim


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