How to Get the Lighting Right When Working from Home

Working from home has a lot of advantages. There is no commute and you have all the comforts of home while getting the job done. However, it can also present challenges too. Focusing on tasks can be a particular issue, especially if your workspace is not properly set up and one of the most important parts of this is the lighting. When working we frequently focus on screens, documents and files and all these require good lighting. Unfortunately, the general lighting we have in our homes is not designed for this, so let’s take a look at how we can improve your lighting and boost those production levels.

WHERE IS THE LIGHT COMING FROM?
The first thing to consider is the location of the lighting in your workspace. You want to make use of natural light where available but avoid any screen glare by having your lighting come from behind any screens you are using. We also want to make sure we have enough artificial lighting when in absence of natural light – be it evening or a cloudy day or most of the time in our winters! Not having enough lighting can reduce morale and make you feel sluggish while all that squinting to see what you’re doing leads to headaches and eye strain. None of these things are particularly helpful when trying to get things done.

AVOID DIRECT LIGHTS
We want to increase the lighting for the jobs we are doing, but we don’t want to feel like we are under an interrogation lamp. High levels of a harsh light make us feel drained and can wreak havoc with our sleeping patterns. The trick is to increase the general lighting around your workspace, but to use defused light to do this. We can create defused light by using shades that soften and scatter the light or we could use up-lights that bounce light off the ceiling and casting back down on us as defused light. An easy way to introduce this kind of light is by using floor lamps, either with shades or ones where you can direct the light upwards. Check out our excellent range of shades here for inspiration.

TASK LIGHTING
I am sure this is what everyone has in mind when we talk of home office lighting, the humble desk lamp. And it is with good reason, these are an excellent way to introduce high levels of light to a specific area. By lighting up those things we really need to focus on, like screens and text, we avoid giving ourselves eyestrain and headaches and help ourselves concentrate. If desk space is a commodity or you’d like something that blends in with the rest of your room when you’re not working, there are a couple of other options for you. You could go for a wall light or floor lamp that has a smaller directional light, these are both perfect for giving you the extra light needed for your work.

The Janko Wood & Fabric Angled Table Lamp is stylish way to bring your desk the light it needs

The Hotel Floor Lamp is perfect for adding light to your workspace while at the same time blending in with your room.

With the correct levels of softened room lighting and then directed task lighting, you should find working from home far easier and productive. Have a look at our extensive range of table lamps and floor lamps so you can get the lighting right.