When it comes to choosing the best craft light for your room or project you need to consider a number of things, including brightness, size and mobility. A good craft lamp such as those on my list below can improve your quality of work and ease eye strain and reduce headaches. A good lamp for crafting is worth investing in.
In this article, I've brought together the very best craft lights, so know your money will be spent wisely. I've included a range of light types, from multi-function floor lamps to slim and adjustable desk lights, and you'll find products here to suit a range of budgets.
Now, scroll down and see if any of my suggested best craft lights suit your needs. Be sure to check the sizes of each lamp as they vary quite a bit, and some have unique features such as special dimmers and magnifying lenseest craft tables if you're keen to refresh your room. And the same goes if you're using the best sewing machines and even the best Glowforge machines.
Now, scroll down and see if any of my suggested best craft lights suit your needs. Be sure to check the sizes of each lamp as they vary quite a bit, and some have unique features such as special dimmers and magnifying lenses.
The best craft lights: desktop
This high-powered LED professional lamp can be positioned on any flat workspace and it’s designed to light up wide areas. This sets it apart from other craft lights, and lends itself to large workstations, drawing boards and wide paintings.
Its premium metal design looks very sleek, and the arm allows you to position the lamp head at your desired height. There’s also a large shade, which can be smoothly adjusted vertically, horizontally and laterally to any desired position, so that daylight is always where you want it.
If you're seeking the best craft light for Cricut projects, the Cricut Bright 360 table light is one of our top recommendations. Featuring a four-foot-square lamp head, it has a wide lighting area and can be adjusted in any direction. It can reach 95 on the Color Rendering Index (CRI) for rich, accurate colours and has an adjustable brightness from warm to bright white, reaching up to 1500 Lux.
This craft lamp features a slider switch to adjust the brightness of the light, though at 1500 Lux it's not the cleanest light on my list, though that 95 CRI makes up for some of this and the brightness is more than enough disperse most shadows. The biggest advantages of the Cricut Bright 360 is its incredibly flexible lamp head that can be manoeuvred in many directions over your art and craft projects.
The Daylight Company MAG Lamp S is one of the company's most popular craft lights. This is the newer version of Daylight Company’s best-selling magnifying lamp Dn1020 – it’s a great modern looking craft lamp with an attractive slim design, perfect for detailed projects and at a modest price point too.
The MAG Lamp S features two brightness levels and a 12.7cm diameter, 3 diopter (1.75x) glass lens and it’s also touch sensitive. Thanks to the adjustable spring arm you can position the magnifier exactly where you need it. It can suffer from a very sensitive on switch, but this can also be a good thing when you're in the middle of a project and need the light on quickly.
This is one of the best lamps for crafting around, but it comes at a price. We love the flexible gooseneck that clamps to the edge of a desk or other flat surface, enabling you to position the light exactly where you want it and providing a long reach when required. The Lumina Desk Lamp has three brightness levels on three different colour settings (2800K, 4000K and 6500K) making it perfect for a wide range of crafts. It even comes with its own remote control.
Looks-wise, Native Lighting – a Scandinavian inspired lamp manufacturer – creates its products with a minimalist approach, and the Lumina Desk Lamp has all the hallmarks of its design outlook. It's not the cheapest, though.
The Ominilight Gooseneck Desk Lamp is a nicely designed and stylish desk light that can also double as a decent craft light. This lamp can be adjusted in many ways, and its gooseneck design is flexible and well made. Above all, it looks great sitting on your desk and comes in a swathe of colours, including red, bronze, grey and white.
What stands against it is its lack of high-end colour temperature. While most of the craft lights on our list reach levels of 6000K, here you only get 4000K. It's still bright, but when you need the power to pull contrast from a sewing project it will be lacking.
This is, however, a nice lamp that can be used for crafting. It offers a large lit area and the 16 LED beads manage to spread the light nicely.
If you’re new to craft lamps, this is well worth a look, as it carries a 30-day money-back guarantee and one year warranty too. This craft light has a gooseneck design that enables you to point the lamp, which mimics natural light, in any direction.
This lamp for crafting features sensitive touch control and allows you to change brightness from 5% to 100%, as well as offering three colour temperatures. Using the advanced memory function, it can even remember the last brightness setting to save your time.
It has a compact design, with space for desk essentials and a built-in 6000mAh rechargeable lithium battery – charge for six hours and use wirelessly for 10 to 30 hours. You can even recharge your smartphone via the built-in 5V/1A USB output while using the lamp.
This is a solid desk light that has good functionality for crafting. The pen-pot design is a mixed bag, however. It's nicely done and can store a couple of pens and bits, but it can also get in the way.
The best craft lights: floor standing
We'll start with the best craft light overall. The Daylight Company Duo lamp ticks all the boxes for a great all-round performer.
The tall stand ensures it can reach above even the largest table, or sit behind and over an easel. The two light heads can be independently moved and lit, which you can have one dimmer than the other. Once you've played around with it a bit, you'll find that this is a great way to disperse shadows.
Being separately lit can highlight one problem, though: the colour temperature switch needs to be clicked through each setting to reach the one you want. It's a small issue but can take longer to set up than some craft lights.
This is our only quibble, though, with what is an elegantly designed craft light that is suitable for all kinds of craft and art projects.
It can be turned up to an impressive 6000K for true daylight quality, it looks great, and its size is perfect. Note that if you find the floor lamp too large, you can also get the same Duo light in a clamp lamp and table lamp style.(opens in new tab)
The Daylight Company Gemini Floor Lamp is a professional craft light from a highly regarded UK brand. It delivers high contrast and accurate colour matching and features a dual shade flex to wherever you need them to shine.
The Gemini Floor Lamp has a slim structure and high-quality design. It's lightweight yet stable, and very flexible. Best of all, it weighs just 2.4g and neatly folds and packs into its carry-bag.
Despite its size and flexibility, this craft light delivers the 6000K you need from a good quality lamp for crafting. It's great for pulling in close and lighting areas of a project, while its flexibility means you can keep it at arm's length too.
The Brightech Litespan comes with many of the features you need from a good craft lamp, including a daylight light, 6000 Kelvin LED and a touch switch for ease of use. But unlike some of the other best craft lights on my list this one is designed to sit in your craft room and your living room.
The black lightweight pole is easily assembled and can be adjusted to the height you need. The back painted pole is finished top and bottom with a wooden stand and a wooden lamp casing. It also comes in a darker Havana Brown, Jet Black and a glossy Titanium Silver.
If you're being energy conscious right now, then consider the Brightech Litespan shines at a bright 850-950 lumens and only uses 12 watts of electricity. On a personal note, the pole is attached at the very rear of the lamp's stand so it can be pushed up to a wall and save on space.
The LASTAR Standing Lamp is a great value floor light for crafting that comes with some excellent features, such as the adjustable light temperature and brightness that can vary across four settings – ideal for reading, crafting a dim lighting to rest the eyes.
This craft lamp features a timer setting and memory function too, so it will turn off after 45-minutes and when you restart from the plug it will return to the most recently used settings rather than the standard brightness.
This is a good lamp for crafting, and its 66 LEDs are spaced nicely around the lamp's head for even distribution. The neck of the light can be rotated in 360 degrees too, so it's good for positioning. One downside, the lamp can be a little wobbly but this is fine if you sit in one place and leave it alone.
The Brightech Leaf is a beautiful looking LED floor lamp that comes in two colours, black and silver. While it only has a colour temperature of 3000 Kelvins while some on my list reach 6000 Kelvins, which is a better daylight range for crafting, the Leaf is well made and has a wonderful swing art that makes it useful for lighting details when needed and folding away when not required.
It does light at 1150 lumens, so it is bright even if the light is 'yellow' rather than bright white. The Leaf features an energy saving mode and comes with a three-level touch sensitive switch to adjust the power and brightness. The 'pharmacy' style shade around the lamp helps the light focus on a particular area. This is a good floor lamp for multiple tasks.
The best craft lights: frequent questions
What is a craft light?
Good craft lights are able to illuminate a space and disperse shadows. Most are LED and reach 6000K, these have largely no heat but are very bright. The best craft lights will lift the contrast on anything being lit, which is why a good reading light can also be a good lamp for crafting.
What do Lumens measure in crafting lamps?
Lumens is a measurement of the brightness of the light, or how much light is being generated. For crafting and sewing, you want a light that is around 2000-2500 Lumens.
What do Kelvins measure in crafting lamps?
Kelvins is the temperature of the light being produced. A yellow dim light is around 3000K. A bright white light, useful for dispersing shadows, is 6000K.
Are LED lights the best for crafting and art?
High wattage LED light bulbs are the best for craft lights and lamps for artists. These can come in various watt strengths and produce a range of colour temperatures. It's good to consider how you will use the light; will it be at a distance for an art easel or closer in for working with Cricut machines and sewing machines?
What are the best brands of craft lights?
If money is no object, you can’t go wrong with a high-quality lamp from The Daylight Company, Purelite or Native Lighting. There are less expensive options too. Regardless of cost, look for a large and movable light head and ideally with colour temperature control to adjust through the day.
Does a craft light need to be moveable?
Ideally, yes. You need to be able to position a craft light so it can disperse shadows and pull the contrast out of the fabric, paper or craft project being worked on. For this reason you need to be able to move the lamp as the light in a room changes.