Diffrient Light by Humanscale designed by Niels Diffrient
This desk light offers a virtually unmatched degree of functionality, longevity, and usefulness. Available with 2 different shades and with a pivoting double-arm option- the Diffrient Light is quite possibly the perfect Humanscale product. One of the most common (and overlooked) issues facing workers in the office and at home is the lack of easily adjustable lighting. The Diffrient Light combines adjustable illumination with energy efficient design to provide workers with the optimum amount of light while remaining friendly to the environment.
Asymetric cone-shaped shade offers 140-degree vertical and 360-degree rotational adjustability.
Parabolic reflector shade offers 220-degree vertical and 180-degree side-to-side adjustability.
Comes with an 18-watt, high-efficiency, compact fluorescent bulb CFL) with true neutral white color (3500K) and a 10,000 hour lifespan.
26-watt compact fluorescent PLC 4-pin bulb with a true neutral white color (3500K) and a 10,000 hour lifespan.
For grommet or edge mounts. Fits surfaces up to 2" thick and grommet holes 2" or more in diameter. Great for saving space on your desk.
Fits most standard slatwall panels- a great way of incorporating lots a accessories onto your desktop within arm's reach.
9" diameter base provides a steady base for your Diffrient Light and is highly mobile.
Read our guide to ergonomic lighting to see what makes it different from standard task lighting.
Niels Diffrient Designer of the Freedom Chair, the Liberty Chair, and the Diffrient Light, Niels Diffrient is internationally recognized as a premier designer in the field of ergonomics. With a resume that includes collaboration with icons Eero Saarinen and Marco Zanuso, a background in aeronautical engineering, and numerous design awards, Niels Diffrient is undoubtedly one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.
Born in 1928 in Star, Mississippi, Diffrient attended Wayne State University and eventually enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he won the First Medal of Design three times during his tenure there. After traveling and working in Europe thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Diffrient began work at the design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates, where he would stay for 25 years. While there, he co-authored the three-volume publication Humanscale. This work summarized his design principles which were rooted in the belief that the human body should drive design for products that humans will interact with. In his own words: "A design should look good and be appealing, but without compromising human factors. Aesthetics should enhance the technical side, not deter from it."
Awards and Honors:
2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Product Design Award
1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation
2005 Legend Award from Contract Magazine
Named the "Granddaddy of the ergonomic revolution by Forbes Magazine in 2007
Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Member- awarded by the Royal Society of Arts and Industry
The Diffrient Light is constructed of 100 percent recycled aluminum and can help contribute to LEED credits. The compact fluorescent bulb used in the Diffrient Light is 300-400 percent more energy efficient than a comparable incandescent bulb does and lasts up to 10 times longer. It is also 50-100 percent more energy efficient than light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
Humanscale's focus since its inception in 1982 has been providing outstanding ergonomic seating and accessories for the home and the office. Their products, which range from task chairs to keyboard trays to CPU holders, are all geared towards making life simpler, easier, and healthier for anyone who works at a desk. Widely recognized for their line of office seating, Humanscale has done much to advance design in some newer product areas- namely in computer and office accessories such as monitor arms, foot machines, and the ergonomic computer mouse. Winner of numerous design awards, Humanscale continues to deliver groundbreaking office tools that combine simplicity, aesthetics, and ergonomics.