You never realize how important your lamps, flashlights, and other light-up gadgets are until you find yourself in great need of them. There are more than a few options out there to choose from though. Nowadays it’s really just about finding the cross-section of cheap, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. If you have more of an eclectic style that doesn’t want monochrome plastic or something insanely decorative, you’re going to have to do a little more hunting for what you want.
If you like the natural look of wood with a bit of a modern touch, then the Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp is going to be your new favorite. It’s made of solid wood and metal, with each section being held together by thumb screws. Trailing out of the head of the lamp is a braided cable that weaves in and out of the two arms. The on/off switch is on a black box on the 6 foot cable, which is surprisingly thick.
I did put the word review in the title, so let’s get on to judging its every flaw or praising it emphatically, shall we? This is a lamp, and you can only say so many things about it, however, this one is really well-built, does its job a bit better than most thanks to the adjustable hinge points, and looks eclectically awesome. The wood and braided cable give it a rustic feel while the colored matte metal gives a stark modern contrast to the natural materials.
I opted for the black finish since it can go with most any interior decorum, and also won’t show dirt or dust buildup as easily. To get it out of the way, this lamp is pretty awesome. It’s sturdy, has real, weighted materials, and is the type of household appliance that will get more character as it ages thanks to the wood. The thumb screws are nice and big so that even those of us with large hands or sausage fingers won’t be forced to fetch a pair of pliers just to adjust it.
One thing you have to be wary of is making sure you tighten all three hinges a little more than you think is necessary. For the first day or two the lamp kept sagging downwards until I figured out that it needs to be screwed really, really tightly in place. The braided cable is thick and awesome, but the first time setting up, just know you’ll be annoyed at adjusting it since its rigidity is a bit troubling to move in and out of the holes in the arms. The pictures make it look smooth, but it comes out of the box a bit crinkly and awkward. Once it’s set though, you can bet that it will not move without your say-so, and the wire will relax a bit more over time. The pivot points on the lamp are perfect for creatives that use their desk for everything from working on a computer to doing detailed crafts that need light very close to the table’s surface. All in all this is a neat lamp that will cost you anywhere from $32.99-34.99 depending on whether you want a black, white, or mint green color to accent the wood. It’s worth the price as it’s going to last you a good long while, and hasn’t had any noticeable problems in the two weeks I’ve been using it.