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Useful tips for lighting a workspace

Marion Rosenfeld

Well-lit  spaces that use natural daylight have been associated with increased alertness, performance and productivity, optimal combination of natural and artificial lighting surrounding your workspace will also prevent soar eyes and headaches. Read our useful tips below on how to increase and balance lighting in your office, your eyes will be thankful!

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How to get more natural light in?

  • Ditch the drapes

Curtains may be nice decorative element of your room, but they are also blocking natural lighting from getting in.  Their elegance pales with health benefits of going au natural.

  • Add a mirror or two

Sunlight coming in from your window can reflect against a mirror, casting more brightness into your office. Mirror size and quantity depends on the the size of your room, the only »rule« you should follow is to get the most of the reflection and to strategically place mirrors or metallic objects in the path of the sun ray’s. Yes, adding items with mettalic sheen to them, like brass candlesticks or silver sconces will also emphasize the lighting.

  • Reflective colors

While white is well known and the most reflective color out there, you don’t have to make your office look like a cold sanatorium. Colors such as light-colored pastels or off white shades will reflect plenty of rays while adding warmth to the your work space.

And what about artificial lighting you wonder?

Ceiling light

It is advisable to have several light sources in the room, one being on the ceiling. But by no means this will be enough for your office. The task of the ceiling light is general lighting, which must be complemented by a stronger and more focused lamp at the working table itself.  It is also not recommended to have too strong and bright ceiling lamp, you might find yourself feeling like a chicken waiting to be hatched.

Table light

Table lamp should be chosen based on what your job is. Do you need to illuminate a larger surface more strongly, or is the lighting of a smaller part of the table sufficient? A taller lamp usually illuminates a larger space; if you perform several different tasks on your desk, it makes sense to choose a flexible type of lamp, which can be adjusted in height and angle. If your work desk is smaller in size, it is practical to choose a lamp that attaches to the edge of the desk, perheps even one that attaches to the wall. Make sure your light source is never in the same height as your eyes, if your desk has a glass surface you need to avoid the light bouncing off from it.

Ambient lighting

There should be at least three sources of artifical light in your office. In additional to the general and stronger or directional lighting, it is recommended to provide ambient lighting. Such lamps do not illuminate the surfaces you need for work, their task is creating a more pleasant atmosphere. As a result ambient lights are less powerful and bright compared to the table lamps. They make sure that when it is dark and you look up from your work, there are no dark cornes in the room. This represents another important element for your office and your increased productivity in it – even though the desk is perfectly lit, you will feel tired and lose your focus sooner if there is darkness surrounding you.

Placement of your work desk

Most prefer to place their desk right under the window. But sometimes the view from our window isn’t the most pleasant or can be even disturbing for our working mood. In such cases it is best to turn the table so that it stands perpendicular to the window. You will still have plenty of natural light available and there will be less glare.

If you work from home try to place your desk in a part of the home where there are as few distracting elements as possible. Your concentration can also be interrupted by constantly getting up to find something you need, so try to keep everything you normally use for your work close to your fingertips. Ideally, your workspace should be dedicated exclusively to work, that way as soon as you sit down at the table, you’ll be in a working mood. Much like when you go to work in office outside of your home. This way you’ll avoid sudden desire to watch a movie or browse through social networks, keeping your focus only on your job and what needs to be done.

Decoration

Lights could be classified as a useful decoration. Long gone are the days when they only served as light source, now they also represent a wonderful decorative object for your office. With so many choices out there it is usually easy to find a lamp that satisfies both roles. Every room needs decoration, your office being no exception, but some want to have as few items as possible in it, to save time and effort when it comes to cleaning. In this case you can choose to decorate the room exclusively with decorative elements that have at the same time useful value for your work space. Too much decoration in the office can be distractive, so keep it organised and well picked.