Home office lighting guide
Are you wondering how to get the best lighting for your home office, or which light sources will suit your space? Lighting is an important but often neglected factor when it comes to setting up your workspace.
Find out about the options available and why choosing the best home office lighting is worthwhile in this free guide.
What are the benefits of good home office lighting?
There are a number of reasons to think carefully about lighting in your workspace, both in the office and at home. Having good lighting can increase your productivity and your health. It can also make your home office more inviting and comfortable.
Common problems of poor office lighting:
What effect will your home office lighting have?
Lighting is just as important in your home office as the furniture and equipment you choose, but getting it right can be tricky. Unlike an office, our homes weren’t designed for all-day work, so we sometimes need to be a little inventive.
We’ve gathered up our top home office lighting ideas for a range of home workspaces to help you get the best set-up.
How to choose the best lighting for your home office
1. Choose somewhere with natural light
2. Avoid glare
The best light for your office desk or workstation is indirect light. If light is hitting your screen, it can reflect and cause glare. In conditions like these, you might need to strain your eyes to see what’s on your screen. You can also be at risk of:
- Blurred vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain
3. Watch out for shadows
4. Supplement natural light
5. Layer your lighting
Types of lighting
When designing your home office lighting, try layering these three types of lighting:
This is the general lighting in your workspace. Typically it’s provided by ceiling lights, wall fixtures and windows. It’s the base layer you start with, and ideally, it’ll offer an even level of illumination. If not, installing blinds can help diffuse the light.
Your home office will likely be used for a variety of tasks – from working on a laptop or computer, to writing at your desk. You need task lighting to provide focused light exactly where you need it. Desk lamps are ideal for this purpose. Models like the UnoLamp Table are flexible and have different brightness options. This means you can adjust them to suit the task at hand.
With accent lighting, you can highlight key architectural details and items in your home office. If you have uplifting artwork, photos or awards, this kind of lighting will help them stand out. Your accent lighting could be a floor lamp, a wall-mounted light, or picture lights. You can choose something that matches both your needs and your décor.
Choose lighting to suit your home office and your needs
Understanding how you’ll use your workspace is the first step towards deciding which lighting will suit you best. By making sure you have sufficient light throughout the entire workday, you’ll set yourself up for better health and productivity.