Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights 

What are the best jigsaw puzzle lights?  

Ultimately, the best jigsaw puzzle light for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs.

Consider factors like the size and complexity of your puzzle, your workspace setup, and your budget when choosing a puzzle light.

  1. Overhead Lights - allows you to move your puzzle away from any glare.
  2. Pole Lamps - shines light from one direction only.
  3. Table Lamp - ideally adjustable and move-able to assist in specific areas.
  4. Light Bulbs - are going to be determined by your personal vision options.


5.     LED puzzle lights: These are specifically designed to fit on top of a jigsaw puzzle and provide even lighting across the entire puzzle surface. They are typically thin and lightweight, making them easy to move and adjust as needed. 

6.     Magnifying puzzle lights: These lights not only provide illumination but also feature a built-in magnifying lens to make it easier to see and handle smaller puzzle pieces. Examples include the Lighted Magnifier Desk Lamp by OttLite and the Magnifying LED Lamp by Daylight.

7.     Clip-on lights: These lights attach to the edge of a table or desk and can be positioned to shine directly on the puzzle. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the LED Clip-on Lamp by Daylight and the TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp are popular options.

If only we could use natural daylight any time of the day and evening.....but even that has its drawbacks like reflection, glare or worse yet, a dark cloudy day. 

So what are the best lights? Let's beat this up for a minute before we look at some resources. The first issue is where your 'puzzle-station' is. By that, I mean, where your puzzle is set up. Is it set up by a window? 

Is it in a room away from the window? Is it in a windowless room?  These will make a difference.

Then the second issue is....what direction is your light fixture coming it overhead or behind you or motion-movable?

Also the jigsaw puzzle itself....does it have a huge shine on it or is it anti-glare or somewhere in between? Some jigsaw puzzles even have a shimmer.

Short Suggestions

The three primary types of light bulb colour temperature are:

  1. Soft White (2700K – 3000K)
  2. Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K) 
  3. Daylight (5000K – 6500K). 

The higher the 'Degrees Kelvin', the whiter the colour temperature. Daylight bulbs are suitable for areas where you need to see intricate details which makes them perfect for jigsaw puzzles. However, the lightbulb itself is not the only factor when it comes to the best jigsaw puzzle lights.

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights - Overhead

Of course only you can determine these factors when purchasing the correct light for your puzzle-station. My puzzle-station is not near a window so I use a Hampton Bay, Model # 54644143, Led Linear Ceiling Light - 2x4 feet.  ( CLICK HERE for similar a product.) It produces 3000 lumens of bright white light (4000k CCT). I am not sure what all that means but I do know it provides me with the light I need over my 'puzzle-station'. However, it does not work for taking photos though, due to the glare....I have to move my completed puzzles to another part of the room to do that.

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

Ok, here's some more information on the best jigsaw puzzle lights and the following are more  suggestions from other jigsaw puzzlers who use the products and it works for them;

You can source out what is referred to as lamps with 'natural light'. Some lamps can get pricey. I find lighting overhead may cause glares when taking photos (as mentioned above).

Some of the jigsaw puzzles are actually anti-glare too but some have a real shine to them. I also find 'poor lighting' while doing a puzzle to be quite annoying. Of course natural outdoor light beaming in the window is the best.  So try to look for a 'natural-light' lamp or 'daytime' light bulbs

Best jigsaw puzzle lights - desktop lamps

Jigsaw Puzzler's #1 Choice

Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, USB Charging Port, 5 Lighting Modes, 5 Brightness Levels, Sensitive Control, 30/62 min Auto Timer, Eye-Caring Office Lamp with Adapter


The following one gets lots of good reviews for lighting, in fact over 11,000+ ratings. It has been endorsed by puzzlers as one of the best jigsaw puzzle lights and is the most popular purchased by them too. Being a desk top adjustable lamp, this will work well for your immediate puzzle-station but may not be the answer for extra large puzzles that require space further away from the 'lit' work area. It has a 'natural' light setting and the reviews claim it is more of warm neon type light. And as a bonus feature - it is wireless making it so much more easy to place anywhere! If you are interested in more information look at the  Rechargeable LED Desk Lamp

LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger

AFROG Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger

 USB Charging Port, 5 Lighting Modes, 5 Brightness Levels, Sensitive Control, 30/60 min Auto Timer, Eye-Caring Office Lamp with Adapter

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

MarsLG Anti-Glare 5 Watt LED Desk Lamp, On/Off Toggle Switch 2408WH. The lighting manufacturers do not use the word 'Anti-Glare' often but this lamp is described as that. The reviews state there is still some glare and I would tend to agree there would be - how can there not be as that's just what 'lighting' does. That said, there could be some glare reduction as another reviewer indicated. The drawback on this lamp was the short electrical cord.

Best jigsaw puzzle lights - floor lamps

To determine the best jigsaw puzzles lights in the form of floor lamps.....this one get 15,000+ ratings and is also used and recommended by jigsaw puzzlers. Clearly this will provide more light-coverage for larger puzzles. If you are interested in more information on this one CLICK HERE

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

Brightech - Litespan LED Reading Floor Lamp, Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Light, Fully Adjustable Neck, 12 Watts, Natural Wood

There's 462 questions asked about this one but I can even imagine what they could be.  That said,  this lamp gets an 80% - 5 star rating, so that's pretty great!

There were some reviews about a short lifespan and it was determined that some of the lamps had a small defect. Once the consumer contacted the manufacturer, the issue was resolved quickly.

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

This floor lamp is getting some great reviews from Puzzlers too. Here's the stats from the website:

Light source: LED Lumens: 1,065 lm Lux at 30 cm: 3,000 Colour temperature: 6,000ºK CRI: 80+ Energy consumption: 13W Colour: brushed steel LED rated life (hours): 50,000 4 steps touch dimmer: 3,000 – 2,000 – 1,500 – 750 Lux Maximum reach: 73 cm (29″)

Height: 130 cm (51”) Width: 76 cm (30”) Depth: 25 cm (10”) Weight: 3.3kg (7.3lb) Cable length: 2.4m (94.5”)

CLICK HERE to see Slimline LED floor lamp

Best jigsaw puzzle lights - Light Bulbs

Natural light called natural daylight bulbs or daytime bulbs are available for your current lamps. I have not used these light bulbs but the website says they are used for the treatment of  S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) for those people who suffer from the lack of daylight in their working days. There are also a couple of brief reviews available.

Today I actually read a review by a puzzle Group Member who said. "I got a daylight LED bulb, worth every penny!" ~ that kinda speaks for itself doesn't?!

If you are interested in reading more information about these light bulbs please CLICK HERE 

Light bulbs for 'daytime' lighting in lamps. There's 5000+ ratings with over 80% being 5 stars.

(6 PACK) KOR 9W LED A19 Light Bulb (60W Equivalent), UL Listed, 5000K (Bright White Daylight), 800 Lumens, Non-Dimmable, LED 9-Watt Standard Replacement Bulbs With E26 Base, 15000 Hours, Long Life

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

Verilux Compact Fluorescent

Light Bulb (2 pack), 13 watt - Medium Screw (E26), Base - Natural Spectrum® - Twist / Spiral

Note: These are not S.A.D. light bulbs

The best jigsaw puzzles lights for the really tiny text on maps are headlamps! I found it was quite useful because it has the 3 levels of lights but also the text on 'real' maps are insanely-small! Between the Headlamp and a magnifying glass I managed to get it completed. If you are interested in a headlamp of this type CLICK HERE

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

Perfpower Go Green

GG-113-10HLBL 10 Led

High Intensity Headlamp

with Head Band

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

Of course the best jigsaw puzzle lights in the universe will be the Natural Sun. If you are in a position to have your work-station beside an extra large window with a terrific view and a super-sized table, you will be in the best possible lighting to assemble your jigsaw puzzles. If not - it's worth the investment in good lighting for the best jigsaw puzzling experience.

That covers some of the best jigsaw puzzle lights. In the end it will depend on your individual situation and desires....One thing I know for sure.....good lighting increases the pleasure for your puzzle hobby. 


ABOUT THE AUTHORWith her self-published book and  over 300 jigsaw puzzle reviews,  Linda has established herself as a prominent social media marketing influencer and jigsaw puzzle-preneur.  If you want to send Linda a quick message, visit her contact page here.

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