Early in grad school, I purchased a halogen task lamp for my desk studies, but I grew tired of it for two reasons: it was too hot and the light was unbearable. So recently, I started looking around for a new, energy-efficient task lamp and Haworth was kind enough to send me a Brazo Task Lamp designed by Pablo Pardo of Pardo Designs. Brazo is a real award winner, taking both Best of Competition and Gold in Lighting for Best of NeoCon 2007. I knew it was going to be nice, but I really had no idea. Here’s my review …
Brazo uses super-efficient LEDs for sustainability advantages. The LED lights are 85% more efficient than incandescents and have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. Brazo is also 90% recyclable, but I don’t plan on doing that anytime soon. The LED lights aren’t hot either, whereas with the the halogen lamp, I actually found myself turning up the AC because the temperature in my workspace was just out of control warm.
Brazo was designed to give you full control of how you use the light. It’s the first desk lamp to offer focus control (which means I can adjust the lamp to any desired light spread) in addition to full dim control. I love the dim control — I’m using the light at the computer/study desk right now and can turn the light down so others can watch TV in the background. The arm rotates in 360 degrees and upward 90 degrees; the height can be adjusted from 14 to 21 inches.
Brazo is an all around slick task lamp. I love the aluminum body and glass shade. Every detail of the lamp is taken care of and perfected. No screws or falling arms here, this lamp is legit. And I get nothing but compliments about it, too. Had some friends over recently that really liked the look. But my favorite design element of the lamp is the tactile, subtle grooves that are barely noticeable to the eye and give it the brushed aluminum look. That’s a nice touch.
Overall: I’ve never used or seen a better task lamp anywhere. It’s incredible, flexible, modern, and very green. It’s expensive, but that’s for two reasons, the LEDs and the design. You get what you pay for. So, I’m happy to say that the Brazo is my gateway to greater LED adoption.
UPDATE: by the suggestion of commenter Mike, I’ve taken some shots of the Brazo in action at home (click to enlarge). I don’t know anything about photography, so forgive the framing, etc. Note also my favorite chair, Haworth’s Zody. Got a little creative with the bottom shot.