I recently set out to purchase a wall-mounted task light to illuminate my newly minted daybed. I knew precisely the one I wanted—the Anglepoise Original 1227 Wall Light, which was pricey enough to have sat on my to-purchase list for some time, but affordable enough that it was within my reach.
Sadly, I discovered that Anglepoise doesn’t make the light for apartment dwellers—that is, a version with plug-in wiring. The backups in my price range—the Lampe Gras and Tolomeo—similarly failed, and I wanted badly to avoid a mass-market copy.
With a little sleuthing, I found some good alternatives for my desired lamp: one that could be wall mounted—I don’t have room for a lengthy swing-arm or articulated task lamp—and without a bare bulb. (To me, a glaring reading light is as irritating as no reading light at all.) And if my light could be adjustable, I’d be set. Here are 10 that fit the bill, low to high:
Above: The Cylinder Task Wall Light with short arm is currently on sale for $119.20 (down from $149) at Rejuvenation.
Above: The Lovell Plug-In Wall Sconce from Barn Light Electric comes in more than 20 colors plus a choice of cords and arm finishes, starting at $130.
Above: The Isaac Plug-In Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric is $234 in brass (other colors start at $174).
Above: The Hector Medium Dome Wall Sconce was designed by Peter Bowles for UK brand Original BTC and is made of bone china; the plug-in version is $299 at Lumens.
Above: The Modern Wall Lamp Sconce from Worley’s Lighting is handmade in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is available with a cord and plug; $299.
Above: The BL7 Wall Lamp designed by Robert Dudley for UK brand Bestlite can be special ordered with a cord and plug; starting at $359 at Danish Design Store.
Above: The Charlton Wall Light from Circa Lighting comes in black, brass, or white; $420.
Above: The Torche Sconce from Atelier de Troupe is made by hand in LA and comes with a black or brass shade; $585.
Above: The Jacobsen Bellevue AJ4 Wall Lamp was designed by Arne Jacobsen for andTradition; it’s $600 at Danish Design Store and also comes in white.