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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Home Office Lighting

by Hickerson Brothers on March 17, 2017

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The Key to Productivity is the Right Home Office Lighting

Did you know that the American commute is the longest it’s been since 1980, when the Census began tracking data? The average person now takes 26 minutes to get to work, as opposed to to the 21.7 minutes it used to take. If those numbers aren’t unsettling, maybe this one will cause some unease. Keeping in mind the 26 minute travel time each way, Americans spent 1.8 trillion days commuting in 2014.  Astonishing, isn’t it? It’s no wonder the amount of people who work remotely has risen in recent years.

Being able to skip the traffic puts valuable time back into the hands of employees. With more and more companies allowing their employees to work remotely, whether on a full-time or part-time basis, it’s important to foster functional at-home environments. One way to do this is through installing home office lighting. Light affects everything from one’s mood to productivity and decision-making; therefore, it’s crucial to choose  the right kind of lighting.

1. Create a Functional Space

There are numerous benefits to working remotely, including feeling happier, more valued and yes – more productive! But to be productive, you have to create and maintain a functional space with minimal distractions. Whether this is a completely separate room that’s been designated as your home office or a small corner in your living room, make sure it’s a space you feel comfortable in. Don’t be afraid to add stylistic preferences! This a space wherein your personality should shine.

2. Choose the Best Home Office Lighting

If you’re renting, you won’t have as much to work with in terms of over-head lighting. Apartment over-head lighting is often inadequate, so you’ll have to turn to other sources to make up for the loss. But fret not! There are many options from which to choose.

Dedicated Task Lighting

Not to be confused with task lighting fixtures, this type of lighting localizes light, allowing you to get the exact amount you need, where you need it. This lighting is best used for reading, writing or working on a computer.


A task lighting lamp provides more illumination than a simple desk lamp, so pay close attention to the product.

Ambient Lighting

In the midst of a grueling work day, it’s nice to look up to more than just a desk lamp. Ambient lighting is a great way to promote the right amount of relaxation and warmth. Since most work spaces are over-lit, it’s important to layer lighting.

According to a study done by the California Technology Center (CLTC) in partnership with the California Energy Commission PIER Program, users find more satisfaction when localized light is the primary light layer, so don’t crowd your space with ambience lighting.

3. Take Advantage of Natural Light

Not every living situation allows for substantial natural light. You may have only a few small windows located throughout your home. No matter the case, set your work space up in the area that offers the most natural light. This will be your basis upon which you will build. Natural light promotes a healthier working condition, so soak it all in if you can.


Notice how the above office space utilizes both natural lighting and dedicated task lighting to achieve the perfect amount of light. While natural light can sometimes cause a glare, it can easily be fixed with either curtains or blinds.

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