My desk lamp with an articulating arm and pivoting head was sort of reliable. It could be adjusted to point its screw-in 60W light bulb in various directions and the arm could be extended or retracted to a desired distance. However, one day I was trying to get the head to pivot
My desk lamp with an articulating arm and pivoting head was sort of reliable. It could be adjusted to point its screw-in 60W light bulb in various directions and the arm could be extended or retracted to a desired distance. However, one day I was trying to get the head to pivot while I was extending the arm, and the head snapped off in my hand. Its pivot was made of plastic, and not repairable. I was not happy, but not too sad either, since the adjustable arm was spring loaded and would not usually stay where I put it. Also, the pivoting head had a tendency to droop and point the light toward the floor instead of the desired place that needed illumination. The search for a replacement began. I wanted a light with LED bulbs instead of replaceable screw-in bulbs. Other desirable features included the ability to point the light in a particular direction and the ability to adjust brightness. I also wanted a desk lamp with a base, rather than a lamp with a clamp. No floor lamps need apply, either. Amazon has many options that fit these requirements, and at a wide range of prices. After looking at dozens of options, I finally selected the TaoTronics LED lamp that I am reviewing. Amazon rated it as a best seller, and it gets pretty good reviews. How could I go wrong? In fact, I did not go wrong. The lamp has the coolest way to adjust brightness - slide my finger across a series of circles on the base to brighten or dim the output. And the feature to adjust the warmth or coolness of the light was an unexpected bonus. Sure, I read that the feature is included, but I didn't think I would care one way or another. However, it is a very nice feature. Something else that helped me with my choice is that the head pivots. Thus, I can move the arm to extend the lamp forward, then pivot the head so that the LED strip illuminates to the side rather than only downward. I had found another desk lamp at Amazon that was made of aluminum instead of plastic, but the head did not pivot, and the light would always point down. That lamp lost out to this TaoTronics. Several reviewers comment that the base could be heavier. I agree. However, adjusting the angle and extension is not really a big deal, so I do not ding the lamp for this aspect. Finally, the price is low. The combination of features and price made this lamp a true winner. I use it daily, and I couldn't be happier.