The bottom vertical leg portion of the light is 16" tall. But you can lift the top portion from its horizontal position up to an almost completely vertical position in line with the bottom leg. We use this as a great lighting source for Zoom meetings. But you should easily be able to lift the top leg a few inches to clear the top of the monitor and reach over it to light the keyboard. Its a great light and has terrific settings and the built in charger that you can just lay your iphone on to charge. I love this light!