Jigsaw Puzzle Lights

What are the best jigsaw puzzles lights?  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 to use for jigsaw puzzles? Lets 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 from....is 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.

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 product details.) 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.

Ok, the following are 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. 

Floor - Table Lamps, Lights & Jigsaw Puzzles

The following one gets lots of good reviews for lighting, in fact 6000+ reviews. It has been endorsed by puzzlers 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. 

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

MarsLG Anti-Glare

5 Watt LED Desk Lamp

On/Off Toggle Switch


Now onto floor lamps.....this one get 8000+ reviews 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

Brightech - Litespan LED

Reading Floor Lamp

Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Light

Fully Adjustable Neck

12 Watts

Natural Wood

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

  • Light source: LED
  • Lux output at 12":  1,630 Lux
  • Light color temperature:  6,000°K
  • Energy consumption: 5W
  • Product color: Brushed Chrome
  • Product dimensions: 51.2” x 29.1 ” x  9.8”
  • Maximum Reach:  28.7”
  • Product Weight: 13.2lbs
  • Packaging Dimensions:  29.84” x 12.6 ” x 3.34 ”
  • Cable length: 90.6”

CLICK HERE to see Slimline LED floor lamp

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 

Verilux Compact Fluorescent

Light Bulb (2 pack)

13 watt - Medium Screw (

E26)Base - Natural Spectrum® -Twist / Spiral

For the really tiny text on maps I actually used this headlamp! 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

Perfpower Go Green
GG-113-10HLBL 10 LedHigh Intensity Headlamp with Head Band

Of course nothing works as well as 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 supersized table, you will be in the best possible lighting to assemble your jigsaw puzzles. If not - it's worth the investment for good lighting.

That covers some of the lights available for jigsaw puzzles. 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. 

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