The Best Bedside Lamps for Every Lighting Need

By Sheryl Grassie

When it comes to bedside lamps the choices can be overwhelming. 360-degree, ambient, LED, incandescent, eye-safe, colored, soft white, touch panel, rechargeable – the options are endless. Let us help you understand the alternatives a little better or just choose from one of our favorites below.

Our Picks for the Best Bedside Lamps

aukey lamp

Best Multi-Purpose

AUKEY Table Lamp

This multi-purpose lamp can be used for reading, mood lighting, a work light, or nightlight. It can operate indoors or out, on a patio or deck, in a bedroom, office, living room, or hallway and this model is a perfect mid-century modern accent.

It is touch activated and provides a warm white background light that is soft on the eyes. The white light has three different brightness settings and there are six additional colors for any desired ambience. It has a 360-degree touch control base for easy on and off and comes with an AC adapter. The company offers a 45-day money back guarantee and a 24-month warranty. Enjoy this AUKEY table lamp wherever you are.


unifun lamp

Best for Camping

UNIFUN Touch Lamp Nightlight

This UNIFUN nightlight is small and portable and perfect for the great outdoors. It has a 360-degree light for soft, easy-on-the-eyes lighting, with four adjustable brightness settings.

It has a touch panel for on and off, and six different colors for mood or subtle background lighting. It can auto-change the colors or stay fixed in one hue. Rechargeable battery will last between four and eight hours depending on the brightness setting of the lamp.  Plug it into a USB, or wall outlet with adapter. It has a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 12-month warranty. Take this lamp camping, on the boat, in your motorhome, or on the road for a great nighttime light.


limelights lamp

Best Phone Charger

Limelights LT2024-GRY Brushed Steel Lamp with Charging Outlet and Fabric Shade

Do you need somewhere to charge your phone at night? How about a place to plug in your music player for some bedtime music? This classic table lamp by Limelights is a traditional version with a shade, that also has a power source in the base for convenient plug-ins.

It comes in fourteen different colors from a soft pink to a bright purple and has several choices of base finish. Turn it on and off with the pull chain, it takes a single 60-watt bulb. Add a splash of color to your office, dorm room, or living room and keep your electronics charged and ready to go.


taotronics lamp

Best Nursery Nightlight

TaoTronics Rechargeable Bedside Lamp with Touch Sensor

This rechargeable lamp is the perfect light to use in the nursery. Whether you carry it by the convenient handle to check on baby or use it as a stationary nightlight on a low setting, this cordless light lasts up to 110 hours without needing a recharge.

It features a soft white light that is 360-degree eye friendly and can be turned up or down at the touch of a finger. The gradient light levels make it perfect for ambient lighting. With no cord there is no need to baby-proof. Take this handy light to your room when baby sleeps with you, it is the perfect nightlight for nursery and beyond.


How to Choose the Right Bedside Lamp

Choosing the right bedside lamp is mostly a matter of knowing what you need the lamp to do. Does it just need to be a bedside lamp for reading? Do you like a soft light on all night? Do you want to take it in the car or camping? Does the light need to be subtle, so it doesn’t wake the baby? Answer a few simple questions to help narrow down your choices.

  1. What will you use the lamp for?  Is this lamp going to be dorm room furniture? What better than a built-in outlet to charge your phone. Are you looking for something that can easily more around the house, choose a lamp that has a handle and a long battery life? What about a light for creating a mood? Find one with color options. Determine how you will use your lamp and find one that meets your needs.
  2. What kind of light do you want the lamp to have? Can it be a basic 60-watt incandescent light, or do you want an LED? Do you need something that has numerous brightness settings? What about 360-degree lighting to be soft on the eyes. What about color choices? There are a number of different features when it comes to the actual light of the lamp. It is worth educating yourself to make a more informed choice.
  3. What goes with your décor? Since bedside lamps are a decorative item, decide what will look good in your space. Do you want to add a splash of color? Would you like something subtle and unobtrusive? Does it need to be small, or larger to balance space on a desk or table.
  4. What do you want to spend? You can spend from $10- $10,000 on a bedside lamp. Most of us are looking for something more basic and there are many wonderful bedside lamps under $40. You can easily find something at most price points, so set a budget and start looking.


    A good bedside lamp can make life a lot more comfortable. Read by it, use it as a nightlight, create mood lighting, check on the baby, charge your phone, carry it out to the deck, or store it for camping. Modern bedside lamps are versatile and functional with lots of features.  Determine your needs, read a few reviews, and check out our top picks for best bedside lamps.

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