Wireless lamps are the 'it' lighting trend marrying form and function – here are 6 of the best to shop right now

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Freya rechargeable table lamp displayed on shelf with surrounding home decor
(Image credit: Pooky)

The best wireless lamps have quickly become a favourable addition in homes to illuminate those often-overlooked nooks and crannies in your home. Not only do you have the liberty to place them anywhere without the worry of finding a nearby plug socket, but they're also a gem in keeping a clean, wire-free space.

As a result, we're confident that wireless lamps – also known as rechargeable lamps – are a lighting trend that will only continue to find its footing even more as we progress throughout 2024. Jo Plant, head of design at Pooky Lighting attributes its growing popularity to the 'helpful combination of form and function'.

Better yet, we've tested many a wireless lamp here at Ideal Home, from Dunelm's Keko wireless lamp to the Instagram-viral Amazon table lamp (which were all must-buys for us). So, you can rest assured that we know what we're talking about as far as the best wireless lamp recommendations go.

John Lewis Mushroom Portable Dimmable Table Lamp

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Best wireless lamps 2024

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Why should I buy a wireless lamp?

As we've mentioned, wireless and rechargeable lamps are versatile additions to a home because of their convenient design, which permits them to be placed anywhere without having to rely on the presence of electrical outlets.

More and more, we're seeing people prioritise versatility within their home furnishing purchases, especially within the likes of living room lighting ideas. Given that consistent reliance on 'the big light' is quickly being phased out by interior lovers and being dubbed a living room lighting mistake, lamps are easily the 'it' lighting solution.

Echoing this, Julian Page, head of design at BHS explains that portable and rechargeable lamps not only offer flexibility in bringing light into otherwise dark areas lacking a power source but also enhance a room's overall aesthetic appeal by reducing clutter through their wireless operation. Therefore, if attempting to hide wires is the bane of your existence, they're a no-brainer buy.

Freya rechargeable table lamp displayed on side table with decorative book stack

(Image credit: Pooky)

Aside from a wireless lamp's benefits in ridding you of the pesky anchor of cables and plug sockets, they're also key for highlighting your prized home decor displays. As per interiors expert Kate Watson-Smyth's lighting tips, you can manipulate lighting to bring out the best in your home as well as conceal areas not worth the spotlight.

'Portable lamps are a great way to illuminate and create a focal point in those difficult-to-reach areas, given so many of us have taken an interest in wanting to display our favourite trinkets and embrace shelfie-styling,' agrees Jo from Pooky Lighting.

Additionally, Jo points out that wireless lamps make the perfect centrepiece for a dinner party or meal for two, easily creating restaurant ambience at home – and majorly upping your tablescaping game, at that.

Freya rechargeable table lamp displayed on shelf with surrounding home decor

(Image credit: Pooky)


How do wireless lamps work?

Nowadays, many wireless lamps are rechargeable through a USB or USB-C cable. Simply plug it in until it's fully charged and enjoy a sizeable number of hours of light. However, some wireless lamps are battery-powered.

Do rechargeable lamps use less electricity?

Yes, they do tend to use less electricity than standard lamps that require to be plugged in. This is because wireless and rechargeable lamps typically feature energy-efficient LED bulbs, contributing towards lower consumption which in turn will help you save energy at home.

Can you make a lamp cordless?

Yes, you can. If you're not looking to replace your existing lamps anytime soon but are keen on the convenience that wireless and rechargeable lamps offer, Matthew Currington, technical director at The Lighting Superstore suggests buying smart rechargeable light bulbs.

'These can screw into existing lamps, but don't require electricity to power them,' he explains.

Then, you can get the best of both worlds using what you've already got while still enjoying the benefits of a wireless lamp.

Needless to say, wireless and rechargeable lamps will remain on our watchlist for 2024, as we're confident that it's a lighting trend only on its way up. 

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is a Junior Writer at Ideal Home. She's always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham where her love for journalism blossomed following her internship at ArchDaily. Now focused on home tech, Jullia works on writing features and explainers to help people make the most of their home appliance investments. When she isn't writing, she loves exploring the city, coffee shop hopping, and losing hours to a cosy game.