Friday, January 3, 2014

9 tips for home office lighting

Lighting design creates a huge impact on home interiors. More than evoking a particular ambiance, it also makes spaces more livable and functional.

In a home office space, work-oriented tasks need to be well-lit. Too much or too little lighting can cause strained eyes. Avoid this by choosing to equip your office with appropriate lighting.

  1. Create uniform ambient lighting around the office by installing cove lights around the perimeter of the room.
     
  2.  If your desk is at the center of the room, you may choose to make it the focal point and install a drum pendant overhead. Adjust the height at just above your eye level to avoid glare.
     
  3. For more focused task lighting, consider adding a desk lamp. Choose a lamp with flexible arms and a size proportionate to your desk.
     
  4.  Lighting that is too bright can cause glare. Avoid this by using lamp fixtures with opaque shades.

    For more focused task lighting, consider adding a desk lamp.

  5.  Office storage, such as bookshelves and console tables, are usually set flush against walls. Accent these areas by using recessed lights.
     
  6.  If you want to specifically draw attention to the collection on your bookshelves, install puck lights on the front end of each shelf.
     
  7.  Consider the light coming from the windows as well. Big windows facing your work area can provide some light during the day.

    However, if there tends to be too much light, you may also opt to position your desk away from the window, with your back against it. Just be sure not to choose a tabletop surface that is glossy or reflective.
     
  8. Windows can create shadows in a room as well. To avoid this, install a pair of wall sconces on either side of the window. - Aislinn Kee

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