Artemide's sleek Itis table lamp pivots to point a concentrated beam of light where you need it most
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
Color/quality: Crisp, daylight-likeEnergy efficiency: ExcellentBulb life: 100,000 hoursIntensity: Brightest (the best)
Color/quality: Blue-white, clearEnergy efficiency: GoodBulb life: 2,250-3,500 hoursIntensity: Bright
Color/quality: Sometimes dullEnergy efficiency: GreatBulb life: 6,000-8,000 hoursIntensity: Kinda bright
Color/quality: Warm, soft, flatteringEnergy efficiency: BadBulb life: 750-1,000 hoursIntensity: Dim