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.