TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp Review

Posted: February 25, 2016 in Reviews
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The light in our house is really bad after the sun goes down or when it’s cloudy. We have one good lamp which is currently being used to light our piano area. Sometimes when I’m doing school in the later afternoon, or one of my siblings is, it’s really dark and it gets hard to see. School is even more unpleasant when you can’t see, if you’ve never experienced it.

My mom looked for a time for a lamp on Amazon and found an LED lamp which looked pretty good. People also seemed to really like it. This lamp is by TaoTronics and it has a variable light setting which is controlled by touch, which is pretty cool. It has a USB port with which you can charge various electronics while using the lamp. There is a power cord which you plug into a socket on the lamp; after you do that, you can use the lamp.

The lamp goes from very dull to very bright. It’s a blue light since it is an LED, and it has served its purpose so far. The height of the lamp is also pretty adjustable and it’s very compact when completely folded up. The only problem I’ve noticed so far is that it can sometimes hurt my eyes. I don’t know if that’s because I doing school for too long or if the light can be harsh if you use it for too long. My eyes only hurt after about 40 minutes or so, though. Usually it’s not an issue.

Overall, I’d rate the lamp a 9. Blue light is better than no light, but honestly I would prefer regular old yellow light. This is the exact lamp.

If anyone knows why my eyes might hurt after using this lamp, please leave a comment for me. Thanks!

  1. I hope someone can explain

  2. Poland Wellsman says:

    Excellent Question, lad. Basically, the answer has to do with the wavelengths of light. Visible light generally has wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometres. LED lights have wavelengths of between 460 and 500 nm (this is in the blue end of the light spectrum.) Lights whose wavelengths are in this range seem to have certain physiological effects, which scientists are still studying.

    In one study done on albino rats, exposure to this blue light resulted in retinal damage and cell death. (It is important to note that the eyes of albino creatures are more sensitive to any kind of light – and cells are typically capable of regenerating and repairing, even in the retina.)

    Various studies have also shown that blue light can suppress the secretion of melatonin, a hormone involved in sleep timing. This disruption of circadian rhythm effects both mental & physical health.

    However, other studies show that blue light has either positive or neutral effects on the body (blue light has been successfully used to treat SAD). The data on LED lights seems highly inconclusive at this point, but with the increasing emphasis on energy saving techniques, we can anticipate a greater number of more extensive studies that will hopefully determine what, if any, effects LED lights have on the human body.

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