Workspace Lighting Tips | Creating The Right Atmosphere In Your Home Office

With more and more people working from home given the current climate, we thought it only fitting to discuss one of the most important aspects of managing mood throughout the day: lighting up your workspace.

Given so much time is currently being spent in the home office, the way you light the room can have a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day, and can influence how you manage your stress.

Here at Andrews Light Up, we thought we could lend a helping hand to those working from home and give some tips on how to create the right atmosphere in your own workspace!

Home office vs. Commercial office lighting

Most commercial spaces offer a pretty consistent source of flat lighting. There is typically next to no atmosphere in a commercial setting, and certainly not a lot of consideration for the mood that is set! However in a home office, you can be a bit more creative in how you light up your space to create an appropriate atmosphere. You can use lighting to highlight a piece of art, or you could hang a bold, statement pendant or accent certain architecture through wall washing.

General Rules

While your home office is a place for you to work and be productive, it should also be a reflection of you, and your passions and interests. There are many different areas of a home office to consider when it comes to lighting, and each light you choose should support a different purpose within the environment.

You should always consider the natural light within a space and choose a combination of ambient, task, and accent fixtures to compliment/enhance the existing natural light.

(Read more on ambient, task, & accent lighting in our GARDEN BLOG)

Ambient lighting, like recessed or ceiling-mounted fixtures, sconces will help to establish an overall level of lighting in the room. Task lighting, like a desk lamp, or a floor lamp, are specifically for working at a computer, writing, or reading. And accent fixtures like small spotlights, or uplight can be used to highlight art or other features within the room.

Ambient lighting, like recessed or ceiling-mounted fixtures, sconces will help to establish an overall level of lighting in the room. Task lighting, like a desk lamp, or a floor lamp, are specifically for working at a computer, writing, or reading. And accent fixtures like small spotlights, or uplight can be used to highlight art or other features within the room.

When layering lights in this way, the fixtures and light sources should not take away from the room! Make sure not to overdo it, and remember: less is more.

It’s also important to balance your colour temperatures across the different fixtures in your work space. If you’re using incandescent/halogen sources, be sure your LED lamping is at a warmer temperature (around 2700k-3500k). Installing a dimmer is energy efficient and allows you to easily control the levels of light too.

How Lighting Can Impact Productivity

A dim or poorly lit workspace can make you tired. You’ll get eye fatigue if there’s poor light while you’re looking at a computer screen. To avoid this, be sure to layer in a task light (such as a desk lamp) behind the computer screen.

Task Lighting for a Home Office

Simple, clean fixtures that can be easy to control and move around. I also recommend LEDs to avoid heat while working or reading.

[Like this Targa desk lamp with built in USB socket and wireless charger]

Make sure the base of your lamp doesn’t take up too much space and that the fixture is stable.

Positioning Furnishings to Optimise Lighting

Having natural light sources in front of or adjacent to work surfaces and computer screens to avoid glare is important, so make adjustments to your desk/work surface to accommodate for this. This also gives you a view of the outside! If the natural light is too harsh at certain times of the day, consider a solar shade that will mitigate some of this.

We hope some of these tips were helpful for you to revitalize your home workspace! It can be a bit difficult in times like this to stay sane working from home all day, but small adjustments in your home office can make all the difference!