5 Tips for Interior Lighting for a Home Office

Lighting the home office is a bit of a headache for most people who want to make an earning sitting at home by making their house act as a home as well as office. Lighting of the room has a direct effect on your mood. Better lighting can ensure greater productivity and energy from the worker. You also have to take into consideration the fact that the office should be well lit but it should not compromise the look and feel of your home.

Having a home office does have the advantage (or may be the disadvantage for some) of having the luxury of working for longer hours longer than what they would have done if they had been working in a pure office. Taking this fact into consideration, it is inevitable that the lighting must be soothing to the person's eye. Key to a proper home office lighting solution is "more is not better". The more the lighting the more awkward it is. Here I have put together five tips to light an easy-on-the-eye and lovely-to-work-in home office.

  1. My first tip to proper home office lighting is task lighting. Task lighting as most of you may know is lighting particularly used for office lighting to illuminate reading areas. However, then task lighting is not just having an increased luminance level on the contrary it also means a better contrast level aiding reading. A misplaced lighting with high luminance may not necessarily help reading because it may not be aiding contrast levels. For a home office asymmetric task lighting, placing the lamp at any of the sides of the work area are suggested.
  2. The second thing to be considered is natural lights. Keeping the technological needs as the primary concern you may consider natural light as an alternative light source during the day which will help save on energy and electricity bills. Put your table and other such key furniture where it allows for maximum amount of natural light to reach the area you need it most, such as your desk or computer.
  3. The third tip is to avoid lighting in ways, which may produce glare. As most typical home offices will contain at least a computer or TV monitor, which in most cases will be the key tool, it is important to make sure that the natural lighting doesn't take away your ability to read the monitor due to glare.
  4. The next tip is to avoid lights at the same height. Layered lighting is always better since lighting at the same level will reduce the luminance creating shadows. Therefore, the best thing to do is to light up the area from different heights from a variety of lighting fixtures.
  5. The final tip is to have overhead lighting. As this is common in most homes, what we should make sure while adopting a home office is that the working area is under an overhead light. The overhead light not only improves the luminance but also significantly reduces shadows. For a home office of very small scale where you will only be working short periods of time, overhead lighting would be enough.

Author Bio: Pete Franken works for Roofer 911 a roofing contractor that specializes in Virginia roofs.