Effective Lighting in Your Home Office

Lots of people work from home nowadays. Many employers actually offer it as a perk for the job, so it’s not just self-employed people and freelancers who have the luxury of rolling out of bed and into their office. If you have a home office, you’ve probably decked it out all nicely with a little desk and a comfy chair. But did you remember to think carefully about the lighting? An online lighting design company has put together the following advice to help you choose the right office lighting.

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As human beings, we are wired to work through the day when it’s bright and sleep when it’s dark. With that in mind, it’s important to put the effort in when you’re planning a lighting design for your home office; it can’t just be thrown together on a whim. This can feel like quite the challenge, but you just have to think about the functionality of the room and be creative with the fixtures, and you’ll have something that’s both effective and stylish. 

It’s always a good idea to layer your light so that, as well as your ceiling lights, you also have something that will help you with close up work, like a desk lamp. This, of course, isn’t necessarily a must for all and depends on the nature of your job above all. Avoid putting the desk across from a window because light will shine onto your computer screen and cause a glare. Also, consider investing in some funky wall art lighting or signs from Neon Mama, where you can share your personality and mantra in a functional but fun way.

If you’re going to be using the office lights all day, it might be worth getting some LED bulbs installed so that you can save money on your energy bills. Of course, everyone’s requirements are different when it comes to a home office; there is no “one size fits all” option. However, if you plan your lighting effectively, you will produce better quality work and avoid eye strain.

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7 Comments

  1. October 3, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    I love the idea of layering lights. It’s very effective in the office, lounge and even the kitchen. Such a good tip!

  2. March 9, 2020 / 4:31 am

    A home office should be comfortable, and proper lighting is key to setting the scene for a relaxing work environment. Thanks for sharing. Keep Posted!

  3. April 22, 2020 / 11:13 am

    Hey, I like your blog a lot, It’s true LED bulbs are brighter and they are power saving, and good to do any office work. Most of all companies are using the LED. Thanks for sharing! It is great to read it.

  4. August 24, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    Hi Joanne. I definitely need to layer my lighting as it often feels like I am straining to read by candlelight as the orangey light just doesn’t cut the mustard. I need some ‘interrogation-strength’ lighting for close-up work!

  5. September 1, 2021 / 5:55 pm

    Great post! The right lighting not only reduces the risk of all kinds of health problems for your employees, it also increases productivity and safety within your company. After all, it contributes to a comfortable and stimulating working environment. In addition, you can also save a lot of energy and money with it.

  6. February 15, 2022 / 12:00 pm

    Yes, proper lighting is very important for a home office. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.
    And as for natural light, it increases productivity and improves mood 🙂

  7. March 2, 2022 / 11:52 am

    After switching to work at home from work in the office, you may notice that your bills have grown. But this is normal because you spend more time at home. To avoid too large numbers on the receipts, consider whether the appliances you use in your home office are energy efficient. It also applies to lighting.
    Thank you for posting this guide to lightning!