Home Office & Desk Lighting Ideas

Heather Clouse
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Home Lighting Ideas For Your Office & Desk

Morning commutes, midnight hours, at the delicatessen, or even just writing the next great novel.

Whatever your work, it’s a job best suited to a workplace with mood lighting. For today’s seasoned employees, having the right type of lighting during their work day is very important.

For example, most people have given up on the antiquated fluorescent lighting we all worked in a decade ago. They are choosing modern LED lighting as a way to perk up their daily routine.

But it doesn’t stop there. Some people want their home offices to have the same look as their office workplace. Friends and family want to work in a space where they can feel happy and comfortable to get their job done.

This is where lighting comes into play. There are powerful 3rd Party apps available for most DLNA-compatible devices. These programs allow you to control the actual colors of your lights.

There are also many different combinations in environment and mood lighting available to help you create a light plan that fits your needs. You can score all of these environmental mood and ambiance lighting products on Amazon.

Allow Natural Light to Shine Through

The sun is a free source of light that’s available just about anywhere. We may not always be able to use it, but it’s there when we need it.

Allow natural light to enter your workspace by keeping the curtains or blinds open when the weather allows it. Set your desk or table slightly against the window so that you get natural light during the day. Or if you have several windows in your office, place a table with a lamp near each one.

Even spending a few hours working near a window can make a significant difference in your mood. Natural light is an artificial kind of healthy. It will boost your energy and help you more effectively react to the challenges in your day.

Choose the Best Ambient Light

According to a 2010 study, the overhead fluorescent lights in office buildings are actually the contributing factor to the high levels of stress and illness in office workers.

If you have an office job or you are a freelancer, a few tweaks to your office lighting can reduce stress, improve concentration, and provide a few other health benefits.

· Fluorescent lighting is overhead lighting in most offices. Fluorescent (or compact fluorescent) light bulbs are long, skinny tubes that radiate light.

· Halogen lights are used for special accent lighting or task lighting like desk lamps, spotlights, and track lighting.

· Incandescent lighting is old-fashioned everyday light. It’s the common light bulb in your overhead lighting fixtures, desk or floor lamps, and decorative fixtures. These bulbs are identifiable by their orangey-yellow glow.

· Spot lighting is often used for reading or task lighting in the home or office.

· Track lighting and puck lighting are low-voltage lighting options. They’re hung on tracks or sit on the floor. They’re best for spreading light around your work area.

The Right Task Lighting is Very Important

There are many varieties of work-desk tasks and lighting needs. The type of work that you do, the way that you work and the environment that you work in. For instance, if you work in a moist or damp area, you may benefit from using moisture draining fixtures instead of fixtures that create heat.

Most of our favorite task lighting fixtures are based on LED lighting. That’s because it’s own great qualities like, being a cool and sustainable light source. It’s also power efficient, long lasting and durable.

It’s important that you invest in good task lighting. It’s not always the case that one fixture can handle all of your work tasks.

If you have a desk set up for doing several different tasks simultaneously, you may want dedicated fixtures for each function.

It All Revolves Around Angles

The first thing you need to understand about lighting for your home or work office is that light is measured in “lumens.” Lumens are a measurement of the amount of visible light that a certain type of bulb produces. Lumens that are above 2300 are considered bright enough for a home or office.

Next, keep in mind that the “dimmer” switch on your light fixture doesn’t change the number of lumens that your light produces. The dimmer actually affects the amount of power the bulb uses to produce light.

Now, think about an incandescent light bulb. Incandescent bulbs are the old style lights. They are cheap to purchase and cheap to operate because they draw very little power. However, their light is uneven and harsh. They are also hot … very hot.

Compact fluorescent bulbs are an excellent option. They produce more light than incandescent bulbs and for a lot less power. However, you can’t just drop them in. You will need to purchase a CFL light fixture or convert your old fashioned fixture.

Winning the Battle Against Glare and Gloss

A desk lamp is usually the most necessary (and sometimes the most overlooked) piece of furniture in any home office. It’s the only piece of home office furniture that you interact with at the start and end of every working day. With that in mind, it’s great that many desk lamps are available that add style and luxury to your awesome working space.

But as important as a right desk lamp is, many office workers often forget that how and where to place your lamps can be just as important to your work space. Before you make the decision to buy a new desk lamp for your home office, make sure you consider the following factors before making a purchase, especially if your workstation is in a room that you share with other people.

Display Monitor and TV – Place a desk lamp that has an adjustable arm near your display monitor, but keep it far enough away to avoid the glare. If you share the room with others, make sure the light is not shining in their eyes.

High Gloss Surfaces – You can cool down the brightness of a lamp by placing a neutral colored (beige or grey) flat object or curtain behind it. If you have a glossy desk with a dark wood finish, you will be better placed to hide the lamp by placing a neutral colored flat object, plastic or a magazine behind it.

What if You Have Limited Space?

Whether you’re struggling for space at work or at home, you can still create a productive workspace and home office no matter the size.

In fact, a smaller space may require you to be a bit more creative and is often a good catalyst for innovating and simplifying your home office.

First, take a look at your desk. Is it large enough to accommodate your needs? Do you need any additional workspace? If you do, you have a few options.

Use Shades to Combat and Tame Natural Light

How you feel when you work in your home office is strongly influenced by the light. I’ve found that people who enjoy working from home have learned the art of arranging their desk and home office to promote their productivity.

One of the most important rules of arranging your home office desk for optimal productivity is:

Placing the computer and computer screen where the brightest natural light is while still maintaining a good line of sight of the front door.

Then it’s up to you to close the blinds or shades on the windows to your side and behind the desk. If the shades are totally closed, you’ll have to turn down the light a bit. In other words, you need to close the shades on the windows that reflect the light from the sun on your face to take the glare and light off your eyes.

Also, it’s important to keep direct sun off the computer and monitor. The correct distance is to place the computer screen 21 inches below the window.

You should also avoid putting your desk near doors and make sure that you can hear the doorbell when it rings. I have found that people who are distracted by visitors interrupt their train of thought and end up doing more multitasking, which you want to avoid as it lowers your productivity.