Thursday, September 15, 2016

3 lighting options for a home office

The home office, which is also known as the study, has become a popular room in the home because homeowners are spending more time in front of the computer. 

Ensure that your basic working area is well-lit by versatile overhead lighting.

When setting up a home office, people tend to think about the furniture and decor while lighting comes as an afterthought. She says, however, poor lighting can reduce productivity and affect one’s mood. In the long run, bad lighting may also harm your vision. 

If you want to stay focused, you'll need the right kind of home office lighting. 

Lighting a home office is about mixing up different lighting solutions. A lot goes on in a home office, like reading, studying, filing and working on a computer. These intensive tasks cannot be lit by one light source alone so multiple lighting sources are recommended, she says. 

Here are some tips:

1. Overhead lighting 

Task light provides a focused light source on specific activities - like having a lamp that’s dedicated for reading, which is essential for avoiding eye strain and keeping concentration.

Start with a large, light-giving overhead lamp. Ensure that your basic working area is well-lit by versatile overhead lighting. This can also be provided by down lighters, either recessed or surface-mounted on the ceiling. 

Another plus point is that considerable savings can be made in terms of costs and power consumption if you use lamps that are controlled by motion sensors that only provide light when they’re actually needed. 

Overhead light not only improves the luminescence but also significantly reduces shadows and glares.

2. Task lighting 

Next add specific task lighting. Task light provides a focused light source on specific activities - like having a lamp that’s dedicated for reading, which is essential for avoiding eye strain and keeping concentration. 

The correct placement of a task light will avoid glare and shadows, which may create eye strain. 

Remember that not all activities require the same intensity of light so choose a desk lamp or adjust the lighting using the correct LED light bulb. 

Sunrooms, windows and sliding doors are all home additions that allow you to enjoy the benefits of natural light.

Lamps with a dimmer switch are a great option as they can save energy while also creating the right ambiance. 

3. Natural lighting 

Exposure to natural light is critical for one’s health and well-being. Natural light also tends to make spaces seem larger and more beautiful. 

Sunrooms, windows and sliding doors are all home additions that allow you to enjoy the benefits of natural light. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a natural light source for your home office, technology can offer great lighting products that imitate daylight with just a flick of a switch. 

The Scene Switch will allow users who work from home to kick-start their day with cool daylight, which helps with concentration, and switches to warm white light in the evening when it is time to relax and unwind.

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