Flexible working hours making it possible – more and more people are shifting their work to a home office. However, in order to work in your home office in a relaxed and creative atmosphere, you should consider some tips.
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The lighting of your home office should allow fatigue free work and a pleasant stay. Incident daylight is welcome. It should, however, be adjusted by blinds or curtains as needed. You should align the desk in a ninety degree angle to the window. As tempting as it may be, placing the computer directly in front of a window – the blinding sun might make work on the monitor extremely stressful. Basically, for the lighting of your own office, three luminaire types are available: ceiling, table and floor lamps. In addition, wall and furniture light fixtures are possible, as well as a stylish case lighting displays.
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These tend to be optional lamps which may be used according to your mood and are more likely to be conceived as decoration. It is important that all lighting solutions installed in the office will not blind you under any circumstances. This means that they do not distract the eye from the actual screen work and interfere, but rather should act to be supportive. Likewise, no light source should reflect directly on the screen, since this leads to disturbance with regards to the quality of work. And finally, the lighting must be bright enough – and this both during the day and after dark.
According to guidelines, light distribution in the room should be even without creating shadows and an average illuminance of 500 lux should be used. In order to achieve this, you should consult a lighting designer or interior decorator. Too many factors (the color of the walls and furniture, the ceiling height and floor coverings) have a large influence – therefore it is not easy to make general recommendations. However, if lights fixtures with sufficient light output were chosen for the room and can be dimmed, these requirements are easy to solve. Plan to rather have a few more lumen than too little.
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Direct or indirect lighting?
Best is to begin your planning with the so-called general lighting. This is preferably carried out via a ceiling connection. The light used should meet the requirements for home offices. When one thinks of the comfort factor, classic office lamps are definitely the first choice – even though there are now very decorative solutions available. If there is a risk that the ceiling lamp might reflect on the monitor, you should chose a low-glare lamp or a lamp with indirect light.
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A torchiere or wall lights are recommended in this case, since they illuminate the home office indirectly. If you are ready for major reconstruction measures and want to change the height of the ceiling, you may consider elegant mounting solutions or cove lighting (obscured radiant light elements between wall and ceiling). In this case you should definitely consult a specialist, because he can plan the light distribution better than you might be able to do. Whatever solution you pick, it should lighten up the room completely without creating any shadows if possible. At the end you should have the feeling to be able to work at all locations in the room without any interruptions.
Light at Work
Floor or table lamp?
Especially for the workplace, there are floor lamps available, which simultaneously have direct and indirect light. Ideally, one can regulate the light output individually. This type of lighting is preferably placed on the side of the desk. You should chose such a professional floor lamp only if the general illumination from the ceiling light is not possible or not desired. It is quite conceivable that you want to place a pretty designer piece on the ceiling with impaired function to create a decorative look of the room.
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In this case, a floor lamp is definitely recommended. In today’s world, where there is a trend towards a paperless office, a desk lamp is not absolutely necessary. However, if paper work or document review is necessary, an additional light source on the table makes sense. For pure work on the screen good general lighting is sufficient. But often desk lights have a decorative value and are simply part of a desk – just as the pen holder or the family photo.
In this case the desk lamp can be selected based on a purely aesthetic point of view. If you need a classic reading lamp at your workplace, be sure that it can be adjusted as flexibly as possible. It should also illuminate a sufficiently large area on the desk. The so-called architect lights are popular for a reason. They offer maximum adjustability in height and in the positioning of the head. They can also be rotated and can be adjusted individually as needed.
There are quite a few new desk lamp models, which have a modern design and also the appropriate lighting technology and include the functionality of these classics. Nevertheless, a floor lamp can be a better and more comfortable lighting solution in some cases.
LED or classic lighting technology?
The question of proper lighting for the home office can not be answered generally and without considering the local conditions. It may even be a taste and budget issue at the moment. Quality LED lights are significantly more expensive than products with conventional lighting technology. With regards to potential energy savings, it must be noted that such a purchase in fact only amortizes when used frequently. However, there are many advantages with regards to the use of LED lights in your own office.
Modern LED lights offer various control options. In high-quality LED floor lamps that emit direct and indirect light, both elements can be dimmed separately. And of course, the modern design of the LED lights is often quite a buying criterion. No matter what lighting technology you choose – you should not mix different light colors (measured in Kelvin) if possible.
Kelvin – Which light color for the office?
It is neither beautiful nor pleasant when cold (> 4000 K) and warm light (<3000 K) are simultaneously turned on in a room, because the eye considers this as unpleasant and disturbing. Even if we perceive day light (> 5,000 Kelvin) usually as very pleasant, if you are in your own home, especially in your “comfort zones”, you might rather prefer warm light.
It is different in the office. Cold light is rather recommended, in order to prevent you from getting tired too early. Likewise, an illumination with day light like temperature is recommended, depending on the activity in the office. Whenever it is necessary to define or compare colors, a light source with a so-called full-spectrum lamp should be used. This simulates sunlight and tries to map the existing color range as evenly as possible. Consultation with a professional planner is recommended for such solutions to create a comprehensive and user-related lighting concept.