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There are a few elements that make or break an apartment vibe check, and one of them is lighting. Tons of starter apartments today don’t even have overhead lighting and folks that live in the ones that do rarely use them. This is because ceiling lighting tends to be extremely stark and leaves an unflattering hue.
With this in mind, most folks gravitate towards warmer and dimmer lighting to give their apartments a homier feel that’s also less strain on the eyes.
In apartments, especially where there’s already limited space, it’s imperative that you choose the right light sources to provide these warm tones. The best way is with tabletop lamps, and these seven options are space-conscious and fit tons of budgets and personal decor styles.
To make your shopping experience even easier, we’ve associated each pick with a defining category:
If you have minimal space available and just need the slimmest light source that also provides a decent amount of light, the EDISHINE Dimmable LED Table Lamp is the perfect pick.
For those who want the absolute best dimmable option that also has a stunning design — pure marble, anyone? — the chic Menu JWDA Dimmable Table Lamp is the one to buy. Also, this one gets brighter than you’d expect.
Keep scrolling to take a look at all seven of our favorite small lamps to create the perfect warm oasis at home.
1. Most Affordable: Yarra-Decor Touch Control Bedside Lamp With USB Port, $20.99 with ticked coupon (Orig. $29.99)
This Amazon best seller has over 19,000 reviews and is beloved for all the right reasons. In addition to being dimmable, this lamp has a built-in USB port, but its standout feature is its touch-control base. When you need to adjust the brightness or turn it on/off, simply tap the base — no buttons needed.
2. Most Compact: FLORNIA Industrial Modern Table Lamp, $35.99-$45.99
You don’t need a large lamp to make an impact. This small, chic pick covers all bases. It has a modern, art-deco fusion design that’s very trendy right now, and its glass shade and metal base ensure that this one lasts forever.
Since it’s so compact, it’s perfect for use on a console table in your living room or as a nightstand or desk lamp.
3. Best With Built-In Outlets: GLITI Industrial Dimmable Table Lamp, $38.99
If you live in a small apartment with limited outlets, you may want a lamp with USB ports and at least one AC outlet. This dimmable gold lamp has two USB ports and one AC power outlet, allowing you to simultaneously charge or power up to three devices.
Its frosted glass shade also gives this lamp a sophistication that’s hard to come by at this price. For added convenience, your purchase includes a bulb.
4. Slimmest Design: EDISHINE Dimmable LED Table Lamp, $28.99 – $29.99
For those with absolutely no space to spare, this super slim tower-like table lamp is your best bet. Surprisingly, it provides much warmer light than you’d expect.
This dimmable light has three color temperatures and is the perfect accent piece for any room. In addition to providing a hefty amount of light, it’s a stunning decor piece.
5. Best High-End Pick: Menu JWDA Dimmable Table Lamp, $259.99 – $409.95
This lamp, inspired by archaic oil lamps of the past, is the star of the show, in my opinion. Menu is one of the leading brands in high-end lighting and furniture.
Menu’s JWDA Dimmable Table Lamp‘s design is subtly premium while still being approachable and not pretentious. It comes with a G9 frosted bulb that clicks into place and provides a glow that ranges from soft and subtle to bright and room-illuminating.
There are also a bunch of different colors, materials and metal finishes to choose from, including polished brass, white and black marble, painted steel and concrete.
6. Most Traditional: BesLowe 3-Way Dimmable Touch Control Table Lamp, $39.99 (Orig. $59.99)
If you’re going for a more traditional table lamp aesthetic but still want the perks of having additional charging ports, this $40 pick on Amazon is right up your alley.
This dimmable lamp has a slim fabric shade that rests perfectly against any wall and gives off the most beautiful glow from all angles. It also has two USB ports and an AC power outlet.
7. Most Modern Design: LONRISWAY Dimmable Modern LED Wood Desk Lamp, $29.80 (Orig. $32.690)
For those looking for a design that’s both eye-catching and modern, this dimmable table lamp from LONRISWAY checks all the boxes.
It has that iconic Dyson-esque oval silhouette with a completely illuminated inside plate that lets off a wide glow that spans about half of a small-to-medium room. This one’s perfect for placing on a bookshelf, a console table or a nightstand.
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