I have long been a fan of swing arm task lamps. (Think Pixar's hopping Luxo lamp in their logo.) It's not uncommon to see these task lamps on bedside tables or behind reading chairs, but in the kitchen? Well, yes! In fact, this quick, yet classic lighting solution is perfectly suited for kitchen life.
The versatility of these lamps, often known as architect lamps, make them ideal for the cook in need of a little more light. Set one up on your counter or install them on the walls or ceiling. (The swivel head and neck make it easy to direct light right where you need it.) If you're not hung up on designers, you can find similar style lamps at all price points. IKEA's FORSA work lamp ($29.99) is a great budget option. A search for "Luxo lamp" or "architect lamp" on both Etsy and eBay brings up a number of vintage options, many under $100. For a complete buying guide to task lamps, check out these shopping guides from Apartment Therapy:
Related: Articulated Arm Lamps for Lighting Kitchen Tasks
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