As a writer, it's important for me to have a great space in which to work. I always feel more inspired if my workspace is free of clutter and well lit, and I like to have all of the essential things I need when settling down to work - magazines for inspiration, plenty of notebooks and pens or pencils for jotting down ideas, my phone for the inevitable procrastination or a five minute eBay break, and usually a cup of tea, too. Your workspace is an important area of your home, and if you work from home, it can be difficult to stop 'work' crossing over into 'home' and vice versa - but just as you wouldn't go to work in an office in pj's, using a filthy desk covered in clutter, it's useful to maintain that ideology at home, too.
I long for the day that I can have my own 'study' and not have to work at the kitchen table, which I do currently. As I have a laptop it's easy to hot desk so I might also work from the sofa, sitting on my bed, on the balcony...great when the light is good and the evenings are long but not ideal when its raining, cloudy or after 8pm and it isn't so easy to see! A decent desk lamp can make such a difference to your workspace and allow you to squeeze out a few more hours from the day.
I was kindly sent this iSpot Blade desk lamp from Ormrod and it's fantastic! I really like the sleek design which takes up minimal space on my desk. The lamp is fully pivotal so you can have it set up to any angle that you need and it moves easily and holds in place. Not only that, it is also dimmable over seven different shades, so you can adjust it from 10% to 100% brightness with a touch. It operates with the use of a touchpad, so even this is simple and seamless. You can also fold the 'blade' down when the lamp isn't in use, keeping it tidy and out of the way.
Another feature of the lamp that I really like is that it has a USB charging outlet incorporated into the back, which means you could charge your phone whilst using it, or your kindle, for example, whilst reading a book. Although sold as a desk lamp, this would also make an ideal bedside light - the softer light would be useful to read under of an evening.
This post was written in collaboration with Ormrod