How to Create the Perfect Lighting for Your Home Office

How to Create the Perfect Lighting for Your Home Office
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    If you work from home, your home office will be one of the most important rooms in your home.

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It is where you go when you want to focus, so everything about its design should be suited to being as productive as possible. One of the most important aspects of this is lighting.

The lighting of your home office will make a big impact on how effective you are when you are working there. A dull and dim home office will not only make it difficult to be alert and productive, it can also lead to eye strain and headaches. Also, light should not to too harsh or direct, because this can also make it uncomfortable to spend several hours working in the office.

Take your time when establishing a lighting solution for your home office, because it is a room that you will spend a lot of time in. Here are some tips that will help you to put together the best lighting for your home office:

Bring in Natural Light

The best light to work in is natural light, so when you are designing your home office you should let in as much natural light as possible. Having a skylight can be a great way to fill a home office with light, so that it will feel bright and airy. If it is possible, you should position your desk in front of a window. Sometimes it is valuable to gaze out the window when you are brainstorming or thinking of what to do next.

However, watch out for direct sunlight, as this can cause glare on a computer monitor. Try to position your computer so that the screen doesn’t face the window, or the sunlight will make it hard to read.

Alter the Built in Light Sources

If you are renting a home, you won’t really be able to change the lighting sources that already exist in the room. Even if you own your home, you might not have the time and budget to completely change the built in lighting. However, you can add a light cover to diffuse the light it is unflattering or too harsh.

Use Task Lighting

When you are doing computer work and other intensive focused tasks, you will want a well-defined light source that is dedicated to what you are doing. For example, this could be an adjustable or articulated desk lamp that will put light exactly where you need it. This will help you to see exactly what you are doing without straining your eyes.

You might want to have multiple task lighting for different work stations in your home, such as for your computer, your filing area or a work table. There are great options out there for stylish and practical LED lamps, which can be purchased from certain online stores. LED lamps are much better than incandescent bulbs or florescent lights, which can be hard on your eyes.

Consider the Location of Your Lighting

Another important factor to consider is the location of your lights. If the light source is behind you, it will create annoying glare on your monitor. Also, you should watch out for shadows that might be cast by the lamps that you set up for your task lighting. For example, if the light is on the wrong side of your writing hand it will cast shadows on the paper as you are writing.

Add Ambient Lighting

It is important not to simply have a task light and no other lights in the home, as the contrast between the darkness around and the bright light will be more likely to cause eyestrain. This is why it is crucial to also have ambient light around the home office – so that the entire space will be lit up.

These are just a few tips that you can keep in mind when you are adding lighting to your home office, so that you can create a space that helps you work to your maximum efficiency and productivity.

About the author
Tia Jordan is a home décor consultant, blogger and mother of two. She likes to write about clever tips that can make your home more beautiful and functional.

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