How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Home Office
During this time, it is essential to have a proper home office but one of the main issues in designing a home office is inadequate lighting. Lighting in a workspace is important not only to enhance productivity but also to create an ambiance to boost your mood. Ideally, there should be multiple lighting sources with different functions to create a proper home office instead of relying on downlights and desk lamps only. Let’s check the types of lighting below.
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Always remember to incorporate a decent amount of natural lighting in your workspace. Natural lighting can make your space feel livelier and more spacious. Place your table near a window where you can get good natural lighting but be sure to have blinds or translucent fabric to control the intensity of the sunlight and heat.
General lighting is an essential type of lighting you need to have in a room. Choose warm white or yellow light to create a comfortable atmosphere. Usually, downlight can fulfill the needs of general lighting, but since downlight generates shadow from the objects in the room, it is preferable to use a hidden lamp or cove lighting that will result in a more diffused lighting. You can also opt for a small spotlight that is directed to an empty wall so the light can be bounced and diffused.
Besides general lighting to evenly lit the room, it is also necessary to have task lighting for a specific activity. In the case of home office, the task lighting is for reading, writing, and operating a PC or a laptop. Normally, task lighting uses cooler light temperature, although we can see quite a lot of desk lamp with a warmer tone. It is important to direct the lighting to the table in order not to create any glare. Avoid glossy table surface that can disturb your sight.
If your home office has wall decorations, they will be better looking with the presence of accent lighting. You can use spotlight to highlight a painting, a photograph, or an artwork in your home office. Besides highlighting objects, accent lighting can also be a decorative element in its own right.