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The best craft lights in 2022

Bird's eye view of a woman working at a crafting station under one of the best craft lights
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The best craft lights will illuminate your crafting station, helping you concentrate and work more accurately, and saving you from eye strain and headaches. So they're well worth investing in. 

In this article, we've brought together the very best lamps for crafting, so know your money will be spent wisely. We'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. 

If you want to cast a clearer light on your work with the best Cricut machines, then these lights are certainly among the best Cricut accessories you can buy. And the same goes if you're using the best sewing machines too!

Not all of these models are available on both sides of the Atlantic, though. So we've grouped them into two categories, starting with the best craft lights for the USA, followed by the best craft lights for the UK.

The best craft lights: US

Product shot of The Daylight Company's Duo, one of the best craft lights

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01. Daylight Company Duo

The best craft light overall

Specifications

Features: 4 brightness levels, dimmer, two adjustable light heads
Size: 210 x 53 x 132 cm
Weight: 3.5 kg
Colour temperature: 6000 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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4 dimmable brightness levels
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Large lighting area
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Lights are independently adjustable

Reasons to avoid

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Odd switch choice

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.

Product shot of the ARSUK Floor Magnifier LED Lamp, one of the best craft lights

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02. ARSUK Floor Magnifier LED Lamp

The best craft light for precise detail

Specifications

Features: x5 magnifying lens, weighted foot
Size: ‎19 x 16 x 2.4 cm
Weight: 5.58 kg
Colour temperature: 3000 - 6500 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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x5 magnification
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Flexible gooseneck 
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Affordable price 

Reasons to avoid

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Brightness isn’t adjustable

Do you need to be precise in your craft work? Then here's the best craft light for you. ARSUK's Floor Magnifier LED Lamp features a diopter glass magnifying lens with x5 magnification and 220mm focal length, so you can get supremely close to your illuminated subject. 

The magnifier itself is huge – A4 size – which means it won’t need constant adjustment. The light itself comes courtesy of no less than 12 LEDs and the gooseneck bends in all directions, so you can position it how you need it. 

Overall, this is a well made lamp that comes with a heavy base so you won't find it wobbling. The magnifying glass is a nice option and sewists will certainly find the ability to illuminate and highlight small areas of a project useful.

Product shot of the Native Lighting Onyx Black Task Lamp, one of the best craft lights

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03. Native Lighting Onyx Black Task Lamp

The best craft light for large projects

Specifications

Features: Large lighting surface, flexible
Size: ‎98 x 50 x 9.5cm
Weight: 1.8 kg
Colour temperature: 6500 Kelvins

Reasons to buy

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Lights wide workspaces
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Large shade and lighting area
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Sleek looks

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for small projects

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. 

Product shot of Cricut Bright 360 table light, one of the best craft lights

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04. Cricut Bright 360 table light

The best craft light for Cricut

Specifications

Features: Large square head light, 95 CRI
Size: 22 x 79–99 x 42–69cm
Weight: 2.4 kg
Colour temperature: Warm to cool white

Reasons to buy

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Large head light
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Up to 1500 lux
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Very flexible

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

If you're seeking the best craft light for Cricut projects, the Cricut Bright 360 table light is our top recommendations. Featuring a four-foot-square head light, 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. 

Product shot of Purelite Handy Rechargeable LED Lamp, one of the best craft lights

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05. Purelite Handy Rechargeable LED Lamp

The best craft light for travel

Specifications

Features: 3 colour temperatures, 210 minutes of battery
Size: ‎5.5 x 7 x 27cm
Weight: 460g
Colour temperature: n/a (280 Lumen)

Reasons to buy

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Rechargeable 
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Lightweight 
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Limited illuminated area 

Looking to do some crafting on your travels? This little craft lamp is superbly portable, and surprisingly affordable. It also comes from one of the best brands in the business. 

It's rechargeable via its USB socket and, with low energy usage, can be used for up to three hours with the built-in battery, or left plugged in a permanent place. You can adjust the angle and make the most of the three colour temperatures, to get a decent angle and the right tone of light for your work. It has a sleek modern look too.

This would make a good second lamp for crafter to use on holiday, as well as being a cheap first craft light for those just starting out.

Product shot of the Ominilight Gooseneck Desk Lamp, one of the best craft lights

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06. Ominilight Gooseneck Desk Lamp

The most stylish craft light

Specifications

Features: 3 brightness levels, dimmable, touch control
Size: 20 x 20x 26 cm
Weight: 1.5 kg
Colour temperature: 4000 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design 
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Multiple colours
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Flexible and well-built 

Reasons to avoid

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Won't reach colour temperatures of rivals

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.

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07. Glocusent Round Neck Light

The best craft light for portability

Specifications

Features: 6 brightness levels, dimmable, 80 hours battery life
Size: 25.4 x 18.7 x 2.8 cm
Weight: 125g
Colour temperature: ‎6000 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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Portable 
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Affordable
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Restricted lighting area 

The Glocusent Round Neck Light is an unusual design but it serves a purpose. If you’re always crafting on the move, this is a handy product to keep in your bag – just put it around your neck and you're good to go. 

This craft light features multi-settings for colour temperature and brightness, and its rechargeable 1000mAh built-in battery is good for up to 80 hours. While it’s not an alternative to a floor or desk crafting lamp due to the obvious restricted lighting area, it’s worth its weight in gold for train travel, camping, caravanning, and other trips out of the house. The practicality of being able to craft anywhere and have both hands free is offset slightly by the lack of spread the light offers. 

The best craft lights: UK

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01. The Daylight Company Gemini Floor Lamp

The best craft light for flexibility

Specifications

Features: 4 settings, dimmable
Size: 61.49 x 62.99 x 135 cm
Weight: 2.4 kg
Colour temperature: ‎6000 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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Flexible 
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Foldable 
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive 

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.

Product shot of The Daylight Company MAG Lamp S, one of the best lamps for crafting

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02. Daylight Company MAG Lamp S

The best craft light for close work

Specifications

Features: ‎Magnifying lamp, 2-step dimmer
Size: 56x17.5x75 cm
Weight: 1.5 kg
Colour temperature: 6000 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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Slim and elegant
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Good value 
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Touch sensitive

Reasons to avoid

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Very sensitive switch

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.

Product shot of the Native Lighting Lumina Desk Lamp, one of the best craft lights

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03. Native Lighting Lumina Desk Lamp

The best craft light for a desk

Specifications

Features: 5-step dimmer,
Size: 21.5cm x 5.5cm (head), 11cm (height)
Weight: 0.3 kg
Colour temperature: ‎2800K, 4000K, 6500 Kelvin

Reasons to buy

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Flexible gooseneck
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3 brightness levels 
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3 colour settings

Reasons to avoid

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This one's expensive 

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.

Product shot of the Grelae Dimmable Desk Light, one of the best craft lights

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04. Grelae Dimmable Desk Light

The best craft light for beginners

Specifications

Features: ‎Energy saving, memory function, flexible, dimmable, touch sensitive control, eye protection
Size: ‎14 x 10 x 34cm
Weight: 400g
Colour temperature: 3000 – 6000 Kelvins

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 
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Feature packed 
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Money-back guarantee

Reasons to avoid

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Pen pot can get in the way

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: 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.

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Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years' experience in the publishing industry. Since working on Creative Bloq's sister site, Digital Camera World, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com. She has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. Rachael is passionate about art, design and contemporary crafts and enjoys photography, macramé and upcycling. 

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