As summer gives way to fall, “back to school” becomes the catchphrase of retailers everywhere. Depending on your situation, these words can inspire joy or terror, but either way, few people are unaffected by the startup of classes. School means studying, and studying means study spaces. Aldi knows this, and in the late summer it sells a handful of items for the student living space. This lamp is one of them.
The Easy Home Color-Changing LED Desk Lamp (Product code 52149) is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. At the time of this post, the lamp cost $19.99, which is on the lower end of lamps of this type.
The packaging does not state who makes the lamp, but the Easy Home lamp looks virtually identical to this lamp made by Etekcity, which currently sells for $21.99. One difference: the Etekcity model has a rechargeable battery, while the Easy Home lamp does not. (I did notice a screwed-in cover on the bottom of the Easy Home lamp that may be where the battery would go in.) The Etekcity version has 4.5 out of 5 stars with mostly authentic reviews, and most of the 1- and 2-star reviews revolve around the rechargeable battery … which the Easy Home version does not have.
This lamp is backed by a 1-year warranty. The warranty card (see below) lists an email address at productconcern.com and the service company as MACVAD Limited, a New Zealand-based supplier with offices in suburban Chicago. I’ve seen this company’s name on a couple of other Aldi products.
According to Aldi, the lamp’s features include:
- A flexible silicone goose neck
- A 7-inch, 10-LED lamp with 3 light settings
- A base with 256 color options (we’re skeptical about that number, but okay) that can either glow one color or rotate through a variety of colors
- A USB port
The box contains just three things: the lamp, a removable charging plug, and a manual with warranty card. Setup takes just a minute.
Using the lamp is about as easy as setting it up. The lamp uses a touch-sensitive on-off button encircled by a touch-sensitive color ring. Touching the on-off button cycles between three levels of light, plus off. Touching the power label on the color ring turns the base colors on and off. If you hold down the power button on the color ring for three seconds, it will cycle through random colors, but you can also push different colors on the ring to bring up that color on the base.
The lamp also comes with a USB port, which you can use to charge certain devices with a USB cable. Since lamp USB ports only do slow charging, you’ll probably want to use your phone’s plug and adapter rather than this lamp, especially if you have a smartphone and you need a fast charge.
This compact, colorful lamp fits nicely even on a small desk, and it is easy to use and adjustable. The light settings are fine for standard desk use, and the color-changing base is a novel addition that might add a bit of fun to long study sessions. It’s not a bad addition to a desk if you need one.