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The Best Touch Lamps

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🕚 Updated June 2022

The classic push-button or pull-chain lamp has its role in most homes. However, there's an alternative out there, and it's as simple to manage with one tap of a finger. Here are some of our top picks for touch lamps.

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  Top Choice Best Industrial Design Best Traditional Design Most Color Options Best Lantern Design
 
  Yarra-Decor
Bedside Touch Lamp
BesLowe
Industrial Touch-Control Table Lamps
PARTPHONER
Touch-Control Traditional Table Lamps
Thausdas
Portable Touch Lamp
LALISU
Touch-Control Table Lamp
 
Our SummaryA minimalist touch lamp sized to fit almost any nightstand, so no more fumbling around in the dark.A marriage of antique elegance and modern technology, these lovely lamps are practical too.A cone-shaped portable touch lamp capable of miraculous color displays.These lovely lamps are practical and novel with antique elegance and modern technology.The steel pinhole punctured lampshades create a delicate candlelight glow.
ProsAlluring minimalist design, slim enough to fit on most tables, features two USB charging ports.Rustproof, thick glass shade, two LED Edison bulbs included, three brightness settings, minimalist look, two USB charging ports, base and pole touch-activation. Bronze-finished bases and poles, bell-shaped lampshade, dual USB charging ports, charge with lamp on or off, touch-activated, three brightness settings, comes with bulbs.Battery-powered, USB chargeable, compact and portable, five brightness levels, multicolor setting, over 256 combinations, conical design, wood-colored base, remote control, tap control panel.Expansive touch sensor, built-in USB charging ports, AC outlet, two LED dimmer bulbs and 6W incandescent bulb included, steel tower-shaped mesh shade.
ConsCan be highly sensitive to touch, not all charging cords are compatible with the USB ports.Touch feature may not be as responsive.Base may look cheap, short power cord. Can be highly sensitive to touch.USB ports don't charge all phones equally as fast and may be difficult to access depending on setup.
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The Best Touch Lamps

Led touch lamp in a blue color.
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Buying Guide for Touch Lamps

LED touch lamp next to a stack of books, a coffee mug, a note pad, and a pen.
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Why buy a touch lamp?

Some people prefer touch lamps to the classic choice because they’re so easy to turn on in the dark. They save you the trouble of fumbling to find a switch or flip when you can’t see. Some senior citizens, or those who live with arthritis and other forms of hand problems, also prefer touch lamps, as tapping a touch lamp is easier on their hands and joints than pulling a chain or turning a dial.

What should you look for in a touch lamp?

  • Power: When it comes to a touch lamp’s power and brightness, there are a few factors to consider. Be sure to check a lamp’s listed wattage and the types of bulbs it’s compatible with. Touch lamps use standard light bulbs, but some only work with LED bulbs or incandescent bulbs instead of both. Many models will have adjustable brightness levels, which can provide you with a night-light and regular lamp in one device or help set a certain ambiance when desired. Consider if you want a touch lamp that is battery-powered or plugs into a traditional power outlet.
  • Features: There are a handful of useful features that some touch lamps can provide. Many have one or more USB ports to give you a convenient place to charge your devices or a regular power outlet to plug in devices. Some have remotes or control panels to allow even greater control or control from across the room. Some models offer color-changing lights or voice-enabled capabilities. If you plan to use your touch lamp as a night light, you may want to look for one with an automatic shut-off timer so that it doesn’t stay on all night after you fall asleep.
  • Style: No matter what design or style of lamp you prefer, the odds are good that you’ll be able to find a touch lamp that matches it. They can have fabric shades like classic living room lamps or vintage-style glass ones with elaborate patterns. These shades can be round, square, rectangular, or tapered and come in multiple different colors. They can be crystalline or metallic, small and compact, sleek and modern, or even come in the shape of a classic desk lamp. There are even floor lamps that are touch lamps, though these are less common.

How dangerous is exceeding the wattage on a touch lamp?

There’s no other way to put it: replacing the standard bulb in your touch lamp with one that exceeds the maximum wattage can and will have disastrous results for your device and its surroundings. “Overlamping” refers to the process of placing a bulb in your lamp that is higher in wattage than the manufacturer recommends. When this is done, the lamp is left susceptible to overheating to the point of burning out the inner-circuitry in its body. You’re bound to ruin the fixture completely in these cases, so make sure you pay attention to the suggested light bulb wattage and stick to it.

Our Picks for the Best Touch Lamps

Top Choice

Yarra-Decor Bedside Touch Lamp

A minimalist touch lamp sized to fit almost any nightstand, so no more fumbling around in the dark.

Pros: If you want a touch lamp for your bedside table or nightstand, you likely can’t go wrong with this minimalist model. Its slim and compact size makes it a great fit even on the narrowest or tiniest of nightstands. It features two USB ports to charge your electronic devices overnight, a useful if there isn’t a power outlet close enough to your bedside table for keeping your devices in reach. The linen shade protects your eyes while providing a warm, comfortable glow on each of the three brightness levels you can set the lamp at.

Cons: This lamp can be highly sensitive at times, so much so that mere bumps or movements of can turn the device on or off. This design concern is exacerbated by the one-touch sensor that runs through the entire base of the lamp and not a single designated spot. Not all charging cords are compatible with the lamp’s USB ports.

Bottom Line: Embodying the best of what one-touch technology can offer, this Yarra-Decor Bedside Lamp allows for simply efficient lighting between three brightness settings. It’s brought to you with an enticing, mid-century modern appeal.

 

Pros: Looking for a touch lamp that will complement your hip interior décor? This pair of rustproof metal desk lamps with thick glass shades come with two LED Edison lightbulbs. This decorative touch changes ordinary lamps into eye-catching industrial lamps. The bulbs emit 2700K of warm white light. You control the brightness from low, medium, to high by simply tapping the base or pole. The table lamps have two USB charging ports (5V/2.1A) and one 2-prong AC outlet (120V) to charge all of your devices conveniently.

Cons: The touch feature may not be as responsive as expected. You may have to touch it several times or press hard to activate the lamp.

Bottom Line: The design aims to make things easier by offering a noticeable minimalist accent, a built-in charging station, and the all-important touch feature. They come with two LED Edison lightbulbs, which save you a trip to the store.

 

Best Traditional Design

PARTPHONER Touch-Control Traditional Table Lamps

These lovely lamps are practical and novel with antique elegance and modern technology.

Pros: It would be hard to top the ingenuity in the design of these two touch lamps, an emergence of vintage style and modern technology. These lamps amplify an antique interior style with bronze-finished bases and poles topped with a bell-shaped lampshade. At 22 x 12 x 5.5 inches, the lamps are a perfect fit for desks or tabletops. The dual USB charging ports for electronic devices are located at the base. You can charge your phone or tablet with the lamp on or off. Tap the button on the base to turn on LED Edison bulbs to select between three brightness settings. The Edison E26 bulbs come in 2700K with 720lm brightness and cost-saving efficiency.

Cons: The touch feature is limited to one button on the lamp’s base, which may be a drawback for some. Also, the touch feature may be too sensitive.

Bottom Line: These lamps provide warm light, convenient USB charging for your devices, and a classic look.

 

Most Color Options

Thausdas Portable Touch Lamp

A cone-shaped portable touch lamp capable of miraculous color displays.

Pros: This battery-powered and USB chargeable portable touch lamp features a white light mode with five brightness levels plus a multicolor setting to create over 256 combinations. The conical design with a plastic wood-colored base adds another level of allure. Also included is a remote control that you will be grateful for when it comes time to set your desired light show. Use it to pick one among 13 colors or to set up an auto-cycle for a delightful color-changing light display. Alternatively, you can change colors by tapping the control panel at the lamp’s top. Take advantage of its portability by bringing it on a camping trip or moving it from your work desk to the bedside table. It comes with a power cord in case your battery dies.

Cons: The plastic wood-colored base may look a bit cheap. Also, the power cord is on the short side.

Bottom Line: The 3.54 x 3.54 x 5.91-inch portable touch lamp is just the right size to produce sufficient illumination for nighttime reading. The three-watt lamp works as a colorful nightlight as well.

 

Best Lantern Design

LALISU Touch-Control Table Lamp

The steel pinhole punctured lampshades create a delicate candlelight glow.

Pros: This pair of touch lamps is packed with desirable qualities and radiant looks. Its touch control accessibility is generous—anywhere on the lamp’s base or lampshade. One tap for low light, two for medium, three for bright, and four taps to turn it off. The lamps have built-in USB charging ports (5V/2.1A) for your electronic devices and an AC outlet. Charge two of your favorite devices simultaneously, lamp on or off. The two LED dimmer bulbs and 6W incandescent bulbs, both of which come with the lamp produce a spectacular glow. The 3000K soft light shines through the lamp’s steel tower-shaped lace-like lampshade, creating a cheerful and subtle glow.

Cons: The USB ports don’t charge all phones equally as fast. Also, depending on your table setup and outlet location, the USB ports might be difficult to access.

Bottom Line: Place one on each side of the bed for a pleasing, symmetrical look. These lamps are original in design and function. Not all touch lamps offer such a wide touch-sensitive surface.

Final Thoughts

The touch lamp represents a total embrace of the luxuries of modernity. At a minimum, they accomplish the same things that standard lamps do while looking great to boot. At their best, the right touch lamp can light up your surroundings to a more significant effect in various lighting styles.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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