More people than ever before are working from home. When setting up a home office, most people focus on the big-purchase items like a desk, a comfortable chair, and a filing system to keep things organized.
We’ve talked before about how good lighting is linked to productivity and even better health – so why don’t more people focus on this aspect when working at home?
Optimal lighting for your home office can be divided into these aspects:
- Layering light sources
- Utilize ceiling lights and under-cabinet lighting
- Pairing natural daylight with light fixtures
What is Layering?
There are so many aspects to your typical workday: working at your computer, talking on the phone, having meetings – most are tasks that require focus. One light source doesn’t always provide the best atmosphere for long periods of intense focus.
Instead, try lighting your office with an even, soothing, warm ambient light. If you can get a dimmer switch to adjust light levels as the day goes on, that’s even better. Lights on your desk and other key spots will enhance other areas to create a comfortable, productive workspace.
Ceiling Lights for your Home Office
Large ceiling fixtures using energy-efficient LED lights can also provide home office lighting, while eliminating shadows on your desk. Place the fixtures over head and to the right and left of the desk. Other lighting such as surface mounts lights are great way to provide the necessary lighting.
Slim under-cabinet fixtures containing energy-efficient LED’s work well to illuminate your workspace. Mount as close to the front of the cabinet as possible to avoid glare.
Even when you’re not actively working in your office, pictures, mementos, professional certificates, or an attractive plant can be highlighted with overhead track lighting.
What About Natural Daylight?
If you have an area in your home where you can work in natural daylight, definitely consider it! Natural light improves focus and productivity, but direct sunlight in some rooms can create an overwhelming glare.
Pairing the right light fixtures with natural daylight can create the perfect workspace. A task lamp and a window shade can be great for an east-facing room first thing in the morning until the sun is higher and the glare isn’t as bad.
Home Office Recap:
The best way you can light your home office is to layer light sources. Minimizing glare and contrast is the key to reducing eye strain, which can make it hard to have a productive workday.
Use ceiling lights and under-cabinet lighting to illuminate focused work and adjust light levels throughout the day to promote productivity and protect your eyes.
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