Working from home has its perks. You don’t have to beat the rush hour to get to work. You can wear anything you like, you can work in your pajamas or be in various states of undress. And best of all, you can design your home office just the way you want it. But one thing about home offices is often overlooked – the lighting!
Lighting is just as important as choosing your desk, your office chair, or shelves for your home office. A good workplace requires good lighting in order for you to be productive as well as keep your eyesight in good condition.
Now there are many ways for you to light your home office. Natural lighting tops the list as there’s nothing like sunshine to brighten anyone’s day. It’s also energy-saving :)
But if your home office is in a part of your home that doesn’t get a lot of natural light then you can opt for lighting fixtures instead.
There are no hard and fast rules on lighting, only that your office should be lit well enough for you to work in relative comfort. You can use architectural or general lighting which is integrated to the ceiling of your home or the wall. It provides uniform lighting all over the room. Other lights such as desk lamps, track lights, or pendant light for your home office are also good options.
There are many lighting possibilities for your home office, and we’ve found some great ideas for you in the gallery below.
You can let the sunlight stream through your windows, a glass or polycarbonate roof. This is especially good if your window has a view of your garden or a beautiful panorama if you’re lucky to be living in a scenic area. It’s energy saving as well.
This type of lighting is integrated in the structure of the home. Also known as general lighting, this type illuminates the room by uniformly washing walls and ceilings by bouncing light off them. The three most common type are cove, soffit, and valance lighting. It’s also known as ambient or indirect lighting.
Some people prefer to work with just a lamp illuminating the place. Some like to put them up on a wall nearest their table. While some use a floor lamp to include lighting their immediate surroundings. And of course, there’s the classic table or desk lamp that one often sees in libraries.
Also referred to as task lighting, track lighting is comprised of a several lights mounted on a linear housing. Sometimes the housing is a straight line, but some creative ones have the housing shaped in a curved line. It’s also passes as decorative lighting and is usually installed on the ceiling or the wall.
Pendant lights are lamps suspended overhead by a cable. It provides direct lighting on the spot underneath it. They are also considered as accent and decorative lighting.
And while we’re on the subject of home office lighting, you might also find these small home office desk ideas useful…