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Home Office Lighting

With a lot of people working from home these days, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our tips and tricks on how to create a productive home office space. That doesn’t mean working from your bed, couch, or kitchen bench. Designating an area in your home to be ‘on the clock’ is important. It will help you avoid distractions and is proven to increase your productivity levels. Now’s the perfect time to turn that nook under the staircase, or your underutilized spare-room into your workspace, and get busy!

When choosing the area that you plan to set up shop, lighting needs to be considered. Poor lighting reduces your energy and can be the cause of headaches and eye strain. Ultimately it can impair your ability to work effectively, and if you don’t have the luxury of natural light, your artificial light selection is key. Here are our top 5 tips for selecting your lighting that can help you avoid headaches and eye strain, and boost productivity levels!

1. Avoid using ambient lighting alone, it’s not designed for an office environment. Although it can be aesthetically pleasing, it’s not functional and requires additional sources of light. If you’re not willing to complement it with an additional source of illumination, it’s best you leave the ambient lighting for your living room or dining room where you can relax, and don’t need to be straining to concentrate on your work.  If you are looking to include ambiance in your office, additional sources of illumination to complement ambient lighting are a must. 

2. Avoid the gloss and glare, and keep it indirect. If you need ways to diffuse your light source, opt for a lampshade, or consider adjusting the height of your lamp. A good shade can soften the harsh light and help bounce the light off of your walls and ceiling, so it’s not glaring on your screen. 

3. Consider the light bulbs! Bulbs are not overly expensive, and using a similar colour temperature across your fixtures can make the world of a difference. Avoid fluorescent lights, and select a bulb with a moderately warm to cool colour temperature. You want to stay alert, but don’t want to be overwhelmed or have your bulb so bright that it overpowers your computer screen.

4. Use task lamps to illuminate your focused work. A classic desk lamp brings everything into focus and helps alleviate the sleepy feeling that can creep up on you in a dimly-lit room. Task lamps take up minimal space on your desk, and if you buy one with an adjustable arm, you can angle it to suit the task at hand. 

5. Add an LED Strip
If major modifications are out, try just adding a LED strip behind your monitor, or simply mount it under your desk or cabinet! This can help ease the bright glare from your screens, and can be quite esthetically pleasing!

Remember, lighting up a room is all about layering. You can use a variety of the above lights to work together and create the perfect office space. Speak to one of our experts to create your desirable home office, develop your own lighting plan today!

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