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HOW TO CREATE BETTER HOME OFFICE LIGHTING

Proper Lighting Helps Make for More Productive, Comfortable Work Space, Create your Home Office with Elvy exclusive Desk Accessories & Lighting

1.Keep It Indirect

Avoid working under the direct glare of overhead lights. Instead, look for ways to diffuse the ambient light that will illuminate your office space. Lampshades soften and scatter harsh light, while an upward-shining floor lamp bounces the light off walls and ceilings. The goal is to illuminate the entire space without creating undue glare and contrast while avoiding casting shadows.

2. Taken to Task

For computer work, filing and other focus-intensive tasks, choose a well-defined light source dedicated to what you are doing. An adjustable or articulated desk lamp can put light exactly where you need it and support a variety of tasks. If your home office has multiple workstations—for example, a desk for computer and phone work, a filing area, and a table for reviewing photos and layouts—set up dedicated task lighting for each station.

3. Location, Location, Location

Always consider where your light is coming from. A light source set behind you as you work on your computer will almost certainly create annoying glare on your monitor. Likewise, look out for unintended shadows cast by lamps set up for task lighting. For instance, if you write with your right hand, your hand and arm may cast shadows if the task light is also set off on the right. Also, consider the location of windows when setting up your workspaces.

4. Natural Light

In general, it’s best to have natural light in front or next to work surfaces and computer screens to avoid glare and maximize your outside views. You can also position your workstation facing north or south so that the sunlight doesn’t throw a shadow at any point in the day. To accommodate varying levels of brightness during the day, solar shades to soften and reduce the heat without compromising the light and view. You can also try a simple blind or even a standing screen which will do a nice job of diffusing sunlight shining through a window.

5. Accent and Decorative Lighting

As mentioned, most home offices will feature ambient lighting that is diffused throughout the space and task lighting that is focused on specific workstations. Beyond these two functional lighting types, you may want to add decorative and accent lighting to help improve the visual character of your home office. Accent lighting like mantel or picture lights draws attention to objects or other elements in the room, while decorative lights—such as wall sconces—provide direct visual appeal.

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