With working from home becoming increasingly popular, more and more of us are transforming our spare bedrooms, loft spaces and sheds into home offices. Creating the right levels of light in a home office isn't just a functional consideration; it can influence your mood, energy, creativity and productivity.
Here are some tips to get the lighting spot on in your home office....
Lighting To Suit The Task
Before you decide what lighting you need for your home office, think about what you intend to use your office space for.
If you're sat at a computer, reading papers or doing intricate work, task lighting, such as desk lamps, illuminates specific areas, and, crucially, helps to avoid eye strain.
Different tasks may require different types of lighting. If you're a designer or an artist working on sheets of paper, allowing as much natural light as possible into a room will be key.
Lighting To Suit The Space
The size or location of a room may also dictate the kind of lighting you should opt for in your office at home. In a small space, you might not have room for floor lamps, but you can instead add stylish ceiling lights or wall lights to create an ambient setting. It's vital not to be too rigid with your lighting so that you can alter it to suit the different time of day or the specific task. Lights with dimmer switches, for instance, are a great idea for any space, including a home office. The less natural light you have in the room, the more focus you will need to give on incorporating different styles of lighting. Ideally, you want to have a mix of natural light, task lighting and ambient lighting.
avoid glare & shadows
Choose lights that can be adjusted, either by level of brightness or angle of the light. This can help to reduce glare on computer screens, or shadows. In some cases, this may also involve having to move your desk or workstation, especially if glare or shadows from natural light are a problem. Bear in mind that too much natural or artificial light can be just as unhelpful as not enough light.
Understand The Effect Of Lighting
By knowing how each type of light source in your home office works, you can create the right setting, which can influence your productivity levels and ability to concentrate.
Ceiling lights and wall lights, for instance, create an even
glow across the room for an ambient setting. This sets the mood for the room.
Task lights, such as desk lamps, provide a more concentrated source of light in a specific area.
How you use these sources of light depends on the natural light levels in the room, at any given time.
Bear in mind that different types of bulbs and lampshades can also influence the look and feel of a room and the levels of light.
There are many modern, stylish types of home lighting available that can transform an office space, both functionally and aesthetically.