Home office lighting is a great touch to your office. In this article I will be talking about my favorite lighting, why they are important to your work production, which lighting I prefer and recommend you choose as well.
If you want to get ahead of the game and know exactly how you can increase your work flow with less eye strain and headaches then I suggest you keep reading my home office lighting ideas below.
Why Office Lighting Is Important
There are a wide range of factors to take into consideration when choosing your lighting for an office. Sure, no one can see in the dark, so lighting is going to help you read.
However there is a lot more to it than that, which is usually overlooked by a lot of home office owners throughout the globe, even by employers – surprisingly.
And you need to keep in mind that not every sort of lighting will work. Some employees will complain that the lighting is too dim, while some will say it is too bright on the eyes.
When light is too dim, the eyes have to work harder in order to see better, causing eye strain AND headaches. If it is too bright, this will also cause a headache. So your best choice is to go in between.
Some Good Home Office Lighting Ideas
Please don’t make the mistake of using the overhead light that you already have. These aren’t created for home offices so it is not a good idea to choose this source.
Natural Light: I would prefer natural light over anything else where possible. If you have enough natural light in your home office I wouldn’t worry about using any artificial lighting. This is especially true if you focus more on paper work instead of tech gadgets.
Task Light: I would recommend using a task light behind the computer screen, this is a great way to stop eye fatigue and sleepiness if you can’t settle for anything else.
Lamp: If you decide to work right under a light source such as a lamp, it is important to use the correct lamp shade. Your ideal goal should be to find a light that will give you light that carries evenly throughout the room, without creating dark spots.
Trendy Task Lighting: Task lighting is probably the most essential, artificial lighting you could come across. Getting some lights built into the wall in front of you will actually brighten up your entire desk.
Corrective Light: One of my most favorite lights to use, corrective light will help ease the bright glare that emanates from a computer screen, helping to prevent eye strain and migraines.
Shades: If you find that all your lighting is just too bright to handle, and too much glare is just resulting in headaches and eye strain, your best choice now is to put some shades in. Don’t close the room off completely from all sunlight, you can then choose how much natural light you want, close for less or open for more.
Plants: If you aren’t a fan of shades, a natural plant by the window can and will cut back some of that natural lighting and will also give you some all-important natural freshness.
You have to remember that ambient light sets the mood, and task lighting offers more functionality, while accent lighting will add that final touch you’ve been looking for.
Quick Tips To Remember
- If you can’t use natural light, it’s important to get some sunlight, take breaks and go for a walk outside.
- Fluorescent light is not recommended for any office. If you can completely turn them off then that’s what I would do.
- Ambient lighting is a great stress reliever, provides a soothing glow to the room and gives an excellent room atmosphere. So please don’t overlook using these.
Which Should You Choose
Not all light is created equal and not all light will work for you. However there is a general guideline that you can follow to give you the best possible lighting for your office.
IF you can, use natural lighting as your preferred ambient source.
Any color form will work for an accent lighting. Something that will work for you is what’s recommended.
You don’t have to choose a task lighting, but it does help with work production of you decide to go down this route. So I would prefer you use a task light to get the most functionality out of your home office.
Why I Prefer Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is a perfect choice for your home office and something I recommend you use as well.
My favorite benefits of using natural light source:
- You get better sleep at night, something I wouldn’t miss for the world 🙂
- Your work production and sales will increase by up to 40%
- Everyone can learn faster and easier when working in natural light
- Natural light increases your mood, reduces stress, and positively impacts circadian system functioning
So it is only vital to choose natural light if you want to get ahead of everyone else regarding a home office or work environment.
While a home office is great to get away from all distractions (taking into consideration that you actually keep personal life and work separate), and to help you pump out some good work for the day, it really comes down to your lighting setup, how good you organize your office, how you’re mood is for the day and knowing how to keep as much glare off the computer screen as much as possible.
Knowing all the little secrets to improving your home office will not only help you get that all-important work assignment finished, or those emails sent in a timely manner, but your mood will stay enhanced, your stress levels will stay down, and ultimately making your office time a breeze.
This will result in you not hating your office, but you won’t mind going there to work every day because you have a perfect set up with perfect lighting.
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