5 Tips To Upgrade Your Home office Lighting

When you work in a home office, the character and quality of lighting in your workspace can help increase your productivity.

Poor office lighting can reduce your energy, lower your mood, cause eye strain, and headaches, and ultimately affect your ability to work effectively.

If you don't have a lot of natural light, artificial lights are even more important when considering workspace lighting.

Many home offices have ambient lighting that includes ceiling or recessed lights, but it is a misconception that this alone will suffice.

Existing ambient lighting is not designed for functional lighting in home offices and additional sources need to be added.

Here are five points to consider when making office lighting decisions for your home workspace.

1. Keep your office lights indirect

Avoid working in direct glare from overhead lights. Instead, look for ways to diffuse ambient light that will brighten your office space.

Lampshades soften and scatter otherwise strong light, while a bright floor lamp reflects light off walls and ceilings.

The objective is to illuminate the entire space without creating undue brightness and contrasts, avoiding casting shadows.

2. Create task lighting

For computer work, paperwork, and other high-focus tasks, choose a well-defined light source dedicated to what you're doing.

An adjustable or hinged desk lamp can light up exactly where you need it and support a variety of tasks.

If your home office has multiple workstations, for example, a desk for a computer and phone, a filing area, and a desk for reviewing photos and designs set up dedicated task lighting for each station.

3. Eliminate reflections and shadows

Always consider where the light is coming from - a light source placed behind you while you are working on your computer will almost certainly create an annoying glare on your monitor.

Similarly, pay attention to unwanted shadows cast by lamps configured for task lighting.

For example, if you write with your right hand, your hand and arm may cast shadows if the work light is also placed on the right. Also, consider the location of the windows when setting up your workspaces.

4. Use natural light

Don't overlook the unique benefit of natural light from a window, skylight, or another portal. Sunlight can produce warm lighting that enhances the working environment.

On the other hand, you may need to be aware of direct sunlight, which creates an intense glow during certain times of the day.

In general, it is best to have natural light in front of or near work surfaces and computer screens to avoid glare and maximize outside vision.

You can also position your workstation facing north or south so that sunlight does not cast shadows at any time of the day.

To accommodate varying levels of brightness during the day, solar shades soften and reduce heat without compromising light and eyesight.

You can also try a simple screen or even a vertical screen, which will do a good job of diffusing sunlight that shines through a window.

5. Consider decorative office lighting

As mentioned, most home offices will feature ambient lighting diffused throughout the space and task lighting focused on specific workstations.

In addition to these two types of functional lighting, you can add accent and decorative lighting to help enhance the visual character of your home office.

Accent lighting, such as fireplace or picture lights, draws attention to objects or other items in the room, while decorative lights, such as wall sconces, provide direct visual appeal.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to light your desk setup & workspace:

Source: Andres Vidoza

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