What we bought: This LED desk lamp gave me the best lighting for video calls

In the last two years my work-from-home situation has changed from temporary to permanent and I have had to reconfigure my home office as a result. I bought a standing desk, a monitor and spent countless hours rearranging my furniture. One of my main concerns is that I’m relatively short on space, so I prefer things that can double the power. When I decided to update my desk lamp, I knew I needed a multitasker that wouldn’t take up much space. For me, Lume Cube’s Edge Light turned out to be the perfect solution.

Before purchasing the Edge Light, I mainly relied on a lamp I bought from CB2 almost twenty years ago. It looks good, but has a large 6-inch base that takes up quite a bit of space. It also doesn’t provide the right lighting environment for video calls. While it’s serviceable enough as a desk lamp, the light is just too warm and dim for Zoom sessions. Also, it’s not flexible enough for me to angle the light to properly illuminate my face. That was a problem when, like most people, I suddenly found myself having multiple video conferences a week. I really noticed it when I was a guest on a podcast; As I watched the video, I realized how bad the lighting was.

Lume Cube
Lume Cube

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This prompted me to buy a cheap ring light from Amazon, but I soon realized that was a mistake. But suddenly I didn’t have any two Lamps that take up space on my small desk. I knew I had to rethink my entire lighting situation.

So I was happy to see that Lume Cube, known for their portable photo/video lighting systems, had released the Edge Light late last year. It’s essentially an LED desk lamp that doubles as a video conferencing light. In addition, it is a clip-on model, which means that it would not take up much space. It’s quite pricey at $120, but since it seemed to solve so many of my pain points, I decided it would be worth it.

I’ve had it for a few months now and absolutely love it. It has freed itself So lots of real estate on my desk. It’s large enough to position behind my webcam when I need it for video calls, and its five pivot points allow me to swivel it around easily to illuminate my desk. The lighting is fantastic too – I can adjust both the brightness and the warmth so it’s bright but not too glaring. According to the company, it offers multi-level diffusion for soft light and color adjustment between 3200 and 5600K.

Lume Cube
Lume Cube

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The controls are pretty intuitive – just tap the round button to toggle between brightness and warmth, then tap the plus and minus signs to adjust the levels to your liking. The buttons are all “soft touch”, meaning they don’t require any pressure. In addition, the lamp actually has two charging ports – a USB-A and a USB-C – which I always use to charge all my different devices and accessories.

Perhaps my only complaint is that the light blinds my glasses a bit when positioned directly in front of me. The company suggests buying two Edge Light bulbs to reduce this effect, but that’s a little too rich for my blood. Since then I’ve managed to direct the light so that the glare isn’t as strong, which is good enough for me.

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