Reviewed by David Savage
I have been using the Needlite desk lamp for a little while now and it is very bright and does a very good job. The Needlite is described as “an innovative desk lamp with daylight which automatically gives you all the benefits of daylight while working”.
As I sit at my desk from early morning and sometimes late into the night working, good lighting is very important and I don’t always want the main ceiling lights on, so a good desk lamp is a must, especially now that we are coming into Winter where the hours of natural daylight are reduced. The Needlite delivers great light but also comes with a host of added benefits.
The Needlite is a set of two upright LED lamps with a contemporary aluminium design and look very elegant. The energy saving LED bulbs emit the same bright, white light as daylight (the can be dimmed down if you do find it too bright) and light up the desk area and laptop perfectly without creating reflections.
The manufacturers claim that the Needlite gives; more energy, better performance, better mood and focus, better sleep, a constant boost of daylight while you work and higher productivity. While I can claim to have more energy, a better mood or sleep due to using the lights (although I can’t say they don’t either as it’s not something I am actively monitoring), I can say that as the light is bright and consistent with no flicker it does not hurt my eyes and I can sit and work longer without any eye strain, so does help performance and a higher productivity. You can read about the research of how daylight/lack of daylight can have an effect on our lives on the Needlite website here.
The Needlite has some great functions, apart from the daylight bulbs. Setting up is straightforward and simple; just plug them into the mains. There are no buttons or knobs on the lights, they are touch controlled and the two lamps are adjusted or turned on/off simultaneously just by touching either of the lamps bases; touch once to turn on or off of touch and hold for a few seconds to adjust the brightness. If you have an iPhone you can use the app with Bluetooth to do the same thing (I have an Android phone so couldn’t try this function – my phone and iPad do see the lights but unfortunately can’t control the lights, although this isn’t an issue for me as I sit at the desk where the lights are being used). The lights themselves are energy saving LED’s so are cool to touch and produce no heat and don’t cost much to run.
Overall, the Needlite is a very powerful desk lamp that creates brilliant white daylight that doesn’t hurt your eyes and is a pleasure to work with. Because the light is perfect it makes working in darkened rooms much easier and not so tiring. As the light isn’t tiring, work output is much better and they are great for typing and photo editing. As they are producing a daylight glow they would also be beneficial for people suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
The only small negative I found with the Needlite is not to have any trailing cables on the desk too close to the base of the Needlite as I found that the movement of the cable touching the base turned the lights off – and if that is the only bad thing I can say about them then they can’t be bad.
A great addition to any workspace or desk, the light is great, they are simple to use and they look elegant. The power of daylight on your desk!
- Power: 110-230 V AC
- Frequency: 50-60 Hz
- Power consumption: Up to 24 W
- Light source: LED
- LED estimated lifetime: 15 000 hours
- Wavelength: Daylight with extra strength around 465 nm, where the daylight effect is most effective
- Wire length: 1.5 m + split 2 x 1.45 m. Max distance between lamps: 2.90 m.
- Light intensity: 10.000 lux at 8 cm distance (per lamp) Lamp efficiency: 109 lm/W
- Colour temperature: 6.500 Kelvin (cool white)
- Working temperature: 0-40 °C
- Humidity: 10 – 90% RH (non-condensing)
Weight & dimensions:
- Dimensions: 10 x 45.7 x 10 cm (W x H x D)
- Base: 10 x 10.3 x 10 cm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 2 x 940 g = 1.9 kg
- Light surface per lamp: 35.4 x 5.5 cm (166 cm2)
- CEC Level 5 (Power supply)
- Energy Star 2.0 (Power supply)
- Electromagnetic compatibility 2004/108/EC WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU
- RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
- Bluetooth SMART
RRP: €535 (approx £478) – currently on sale saving 25% €399 (£356)
For more information or to buy visit needlite.com.