This quick, straight to the point guide will tell you exactly what to look for when choosing the best craft light for whatever it is you love to create.
Choose a good craft light and it won’t matter how poor your surrounding lighting conditions are. Evening or late night crafting projects are as easy (and eye strain free) as working in daylight.
If you use a die cutting machine or work on other crafts that tend to take up a lot of space, you should opt for one that will easily light up your whole working area for you.
If like me, you do close work, I highly recommend you go for one with a magnifying light.
You can see how easy it is for me to see my beadwork on the back of my bezzled ring project.
…And the photo above was taken at night in a totally dark room.
Read on for my recommendations.
The Best Craft Lights Reviewed
|Best in Class||Brand|
|Best for Detailed Crafts||Neatfi Bifocals magnifying light|
|Best for Crafts that Need Some Space||Neatfi XL Craft Light|
|Best Budget Option||Miroco LED Floor Lamp|
Table of Contents:
- Full Reviews of Our Top Picks
- Handy Diopter Magnification Converter
- Frequently asked Questions
- Other Worthy Mentions
Our Top Pick: Neatfi Bifocals Craft Light
Our Top Pick
If you want the flexibility to work late into the evening, you’re going to need lumens. Lots of them. Anything over 1,000, is the gold standard and this one has 1,200 lumens.
If you find a cheaper craft light that looks just as good, chances are the lumens, or brightness, just won’t be enough.
You’ll notice that this one has a clamp rather than a standard base. Clamps are ideal if you have a desk that you can clamp it to – but don’t worry if you don’t, you can easily get a compatible mounting bracket that will allow you to fix it flush to your desktop or even to a wall.
As you can see in the photo below, this light is designed for maximum flexibility. The clamp, or other means of fixing it, means you can pull it into the exact position you need and it will stay put. There’s no chance of it toppling over onto your work.
The 5-inch, 5 diopter magnifier, will make everything 225% larger for you. It’s ideal for detailed work, but if you need to zoom in further – miniature/model painters, knitters, crocheters, and beaders will love the built-in 20 diopter spot lens which will zoom in by 6x, that means the smallest of details will look 600% bigger.
The lamp’s also dimmable by pressing the power button you can adjust the brightness level to 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100%.
Though for most crafters this 5″ lens version is just perfect, I can crochet and knit – or rather see where to pick up my all too frequently dropped stitches, work on detailed hand-drawn illustrations, and work on my beadwork with ease, but if you really want to go bigger and even brighter, Neatfi XL Bifocals also do a 7″ lens version that will give you a whopping 1,600 lumens.
What We Like:
- High Lumen Output | With an output of 1,200 lumens, the lamp will give you a comfortable 5600K-6000K daylight effect that will easily light up at least 40″ of desk space.
- 5 Inch Magnifier | The 5 diopter lens will magnify a range of about 8 inches and the 20 diopter spot lens will magnify about 2 inches.
- Designed to Last up to 100,000 Hours | It’s also dimmable and energy-saving and it won’t get hot.
- Clamp for Maximum Flexibility and It Won’t Fall Over | This light also gives you the option to convert it to a floor light or, you can choose a mounting bracket if you want to use it at your desk but can’t clamp it on.
A full three-year (3) warranty is included.
Check the latest price and color options for the Neatfi Bifocals Craft Light on Amazon.
Best Large Area Desk Light for General Crafts: Neatfi XL Craft Light
A whooping 2,200 lumens of 5600K-6000K daylight light, is the perfect solution to the poorest of lighting conditions and with a choice of several color options to match in with your craft room decor, we think it looks good too.
And don’t worry if you think it’s too bright, the light is dimmable from 100% to 75%, 50%, and 25%, so you can turn it down when you don’t need the full brightness. A handy tip is that you can switch it off by a double click of the button, instead of cycling down through the brightnesses.
What We Like:
- Extra Wide Shade | At 20″ wide this light is perfect for lighting up large workspaces.
- High Lumen Output | 2,200 lumens of 5600K-6000K daylight light means it’s perfect for working in low light or even if it’s pitch black.
- Built to Last | The light is designed to give you 20 years of use without a bulb change. LED means it’s energy-saving too – using 80% less energy than a standard bulb.
A full three-year (3) warranty is included.
Check the latest price and color options for the version on Amazon.
Best Budget Option: Miroco LED Floor Lamp
Best Budget Option
Great for anyone who would like the flexibility to craft while relaxing in an armchair.
This multifunctional floor lamp is height adjustable so it can be used either on a desk or as a floor light.
And with 1,815 lumens of light, and a low price point, this one is a great budget option.
A control panel on the stem allows you to adjust the light to 5 levels of brightness, from 100% right down to 20%, and you even have the option to change the lighting effect between a warm white, a natural white, and a cool white.
The gooseneck head is fully flexible allowing you to position the light precisely and there’s even a handy 60-minute timer to automatically switch the lamp off after one hour.
What We Like:
- Multifunctional Use | It can be converted from a floor light to a desk light, or even to an accent table light.
- High Lumen Output | 1,815 lumens of light means it’s perfect for working in low light. The energy-saving light is designed to give you 50, 000+ hours of use, and save you up to 75% on your electricity bill -compared to the cost of using a standard light.
- Multiple Lighting Options | There are 5 levels of brightness and 3 light color temperature settings.
Check the latest price for the Miroco LED Floor Lamp on Amazon.
Diopter Magnification Converter
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many lumens should a craft table light be?
Ideally, a craft table light should be somewhere in the range of 1,000 – 2,000 lumens of light. You can get much brighter than this but remember you will be working directly under it and this range will easily light up the around 5 feet of desk surface.
Should I go for a craft light with a clamp or a base?
We recommend a clamp, if, it can be fixed to a tabletop securely. It will allow you to pull the light into virtually any position you want and it will stay put. With a clamp, there’s no risk of knocking the light over when you try to move it.
If you have a light with magnifying lens this is especially handy as you will most likely want to move it closer or push it out of the way depending on what you are working on.
What is a diopter?
A diopter is simply a measure of magnification. A lens that has 5 diopter means things will appear 2.25% larger. The greater the diopter the more magnification you will see. A 20 diopter lens, for example, will zoom in 6x, and the smallest of details will look 600% bigger.
What K should I look for in a craft light?
A light that has a color temperature of 6500K will be equivalent to working in daylight – ideal for working on crafting projects. So you should choose a craft light that has a color temperature of around 6500K.
Other Ones We’ve Reviewed:
These are the products that didn’t quite make our top picks, but they’re still pretty good so you might like to take a look:
Six Inch Magnifier
This one has a slightly larger magnifying lens than our top pick. It doesn’t have a lens cover however, but you can remove the lense if you wish.
- 6 Inch, 3 diopter magnifying lens
- 12 Watt -1200 lumens
- 3 color temperature ranges cold white, warm white and sun light
This one is cheaper than our top choice, but it has a smaller magnifying lens and no spot magnifier.
- 1200 lumens and dimmable
- 4 inch lens with 225% magnification
- 6000k white light
6.5″ x 4″ Magnifier Floor light
This is a nice option for hand sewing, weaving on a lap loom, knitting, and more.
It’s not as bright as our top choice but if you are in a family living room it will just light what you are working on without disturbing others.
- 9W, 540 lumens
- Gooseneck is fully adjustable
- 2.25X magnification
Biggest and Brightest Option
For serious crafters, this is the even bigger and bright version of our top pick.
- 16 watt, 1,600 lumens but it is also dimmable so you can reduce the brightness when not needed
- Full 7 inch Magnifier with a 5 diopter lens
- 5600K-6000K color temperature