Lighting that Works with You
Corporate America doesn’t just reside in the highrises of our breathtaking cities, it now lives and thrives in our own homes. Millions of Americans have cut their commute from 20 minutes a day to thirty steps from their bedroom. Home office spaces are more important than ever in the 21st century because the working class now works remotely from the comfort of their own home. Office spaces still need to function like corporate headquarters so it is important to design the space for functionality and sophistication. While a luxurious desk, a comfortable chair, and filing cabinets are essential items to building your modern work space; lighting is just as crucial when designing your home office.
- Motivation – Increase your drive to stay focused while you work with a source of natural lighting. Situate your desk by a window or sliding glass door. Make sure you don’t have direct light hitting your computer screen to avoid harmful glare. Natural lighting is soothing and increases your energy, but to moderate the direct light during the brighter times of the day use filtering blinds to soften the brilliance of the sun.
- Layering – While a ceiling fan with a single bulb does provide light, it may cause your eyes to be strained after being at a computer for a long period of time. Many of the activities done while seated at a desk require detailed focus, and without clear lighting the work can become painful. Install a few layers of lighting to alleviate your eye’s burden. Recessed lighting will allow for an equal spread of the light without a direct beam, strip lighting under your shelving will help illuminate paperwork on your desk, and a table or desk lamp would help for direct lighting on any task at hand. Place the recessed and strip lighting on a dimmer, so when you’re working on the computer you can dim the lights to meet your needs.
- Focused – A desk or table lamp is crucial if any paperwork or drafting needs to be done in your home office. While computer work can be done with softer, indirect lighting; paperwork requires focused lighting to avoid exhausting eye strain. Find a lamp that has a flexible head for easy manipulation. Keep the lamp opposite of your dominate hand to avoid shadows, and turn it off when you’re on the computer. The lamp can be fixed to the wall for more table space or be used as a decorative feature even when it is turned off.
The right lighting can make or break the functionality of a home office. Find the right combination for your room, and be sure the layer the lighting to avoid headache inducing eye strain.