Brighten Your Home Office with Proper Lighting
Let in the light. Sunlight is much softer and calmer than the artificial and could really improve any environment, do not overlook the unique benefit of natural light coming from a window, skylight or another portal, and so try to move your desk as close to windows as possible to take advantage of the natural light during daytime.
On the other hand, direct sunlight creates overwhelming glare during certain hours of the day; a simple blind or even a standing screen will do a great job of diffusing sunlight shining into a window.
Lighting has enough power to make any space bright, airy and productive, good lighting will never strain your eyes while working on computer, whilst working in an inadequately lit space results in eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impairs your ability to work effectively. So, pay close attention to workspace illumination.
Start by providing proper general lighting with floor lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers or other overhead lights that could fill most of the work area; for instance two large ceiling fixtures with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes placed to the right and left of the desk can provide plenty of well-diffused general lighting, while eliminating shadows on the desk; consider that lighting placed in front of a desk causes troublesome reflections.
For reading, writing, and computer work add task lighting with well-placed track lighting, pendants or table lamps that can give concentrated lighting to your specific work area; an adjustable halogen desk lamp provides bright, clean light exactly where you need it to support a variety of tasks; newer LED desk lamps are an energy efficient and cost – saving option; try to position all lights so that their bulbs do not reflect on the computer screen. If you are right handed, place the desk lamp on the left side of the desk so you do not cast shadows across our paper.
Consider adding accent lighting for providing visual interest, for instance LED picture lights or overhead track lighting, to highlight pictures or other pieces of artwork hanging on the walls, elements of the décor, and professional certificates; an attractive living plant that brings in fresh oxygen in your workspace could also be accentuated to become the focal point of your office. Credences could be illuminated with slim under – cabinet energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures or LED lights mounted as close to the front of the cabinet as possible to avoid glare.
For visual appeal, think about adding decorative lights.
Here are some basics to consider when making lighting decisions about your home office lighting:
- Create layers and angles of light, try indirect lighting, consider using dimmers, put light sources at different heights to control the intensity of lighting; another option is to wash the walls with light, this is a great lighting technique, because the wall itself becomes a source of light, thus preventing the eye strain from the contrast between a brightly lit computer screen and a dim office
- Avoid working under the direct glare of overhead lights because it causes eye fatigue and strain and reduces productivity; look for ways to diffuse the light that illuminates the office space to prevent creating glare and contrast and casting shadows; desk – mounted task lights and flexible desk lamps are always a great option to provide the light you need; in general, always consider where your light is coming from; for instance, as you work at your computer, a source of light set behind you will certainly create an annoying glare on your monitor
- To prevent eye strain, your computer screen should be brighter than the general light in the room, but should never be the only source of light in the space; if the room has windows, place the computer monitor perpendicular to them to reduce glare
- Where possible, try to use LED bulbs for greener lighting
Just because it is work, does not mean it has to be boring. Consider carefully your needs and plan wisely how to furnish your work space, as the right home office design can help you create a lively work atmosphere, thus reducing stress and improving your productivity and efficiency.
Images are taken from different Internet sources and are property of their respective owners.