Are you struggling with concentration levels when working in your study? Or perhaps you are suffering from eyestrain and headaches? If your eyes are sore and your bright ideas are waning, it could be time you reviewed the lighting in your workspace.
When it comes to working conditions, one of the most important elements to consider in your study is task lighting. You will also need adequate ambient lighting to create an environment you feel comfortable in. Lighting can make a huge difference to your productivity and concentration, and correct lighting is important for the prevention of eyestrain. Even the
Here are 3 things you need to know about lighting to keep your eyes focused and the bright ideas flowing.
Task lighting: what it is and why you need it
Task lighting is very important and is often overlooked when it comes to workspaces in the home. Task lighting is essentially localised lighting that provides the right amount of light exactly where it’s needed. There are many different types of fixtures that can provide task lighting. Task lighting in the study usually consists of desk lamps, swing arm desk lamps, overhead spotlights, wall-mounted reading lights, under cabinet lighting, table lamps and book lights.
Task lighting provides a beam of light directly on the surface you are working on, and ensures you have the optimum amount of light for reading, writing, working, using a computer or laptop, doing craftwork etc. Believe it or not, a small change in your lighting can make a big difference to your productivity, and help to
Direct light – the importance of a desk lamp
One of the most important aspects of task lighting in the study is a desk lamp. Desk lamps are really beneficial for providing focused light. Getting the right kind of desk lamp will depend on what you want to use it for. If you are ploughing through hundreds of pages of small print, you’ll want a desk lamp that is fit for the job. For a great range of direct light choice, check out these
A lamp with a small bulb will provide less light than one with a larger bulb. A small bulb may be sufficient if you are just writing a few notes, but if you are editing complex plans, you’ll need a larger light.
While desk lamps are functional, they can be stylish too. Choose a lamp style that fits in with the aesthetic of your room, otherwise it will stick out like a sore thumb. Desk lamps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from modern and minimalistic to elegant traditional and even in Tiffany style.
Desk lamps with an adjustable or swing arm make it easy to direct light exactly where you want it to go. Flexible clip on task lights are another option for providing the extra light you need for specific tasks.
The best lights for working on a computer
Research suggests that as many as 50 to 90 per cent of computer users experience eye strain. Proper lighting for your computer area can help to reduce these problems. The right lighting will reduce computer glare and shadows that contribute to eye strain.
In terms of lighting fixtures, the best kind of lighting for working on a computer when natural lighting isn’t enough, is low-level and glare-free overhead lighting. Removing some of the overhead bulbs, or replacing them with lower wattage options can tone down excessive lighting. Ideally, you’d want evenly distributed light from the ceiling.
In addition, you need a good desk lamp to illuminate documents. It’s best to choose a desk lamp that is adjustable, so you can keep glare away from the computer screen while you are reading your working papers.
Don’t forget to fine-tune your computer screen’s brightness so it is equal to the illumination in your study. If the white background on a web page is providing a light source, you need to tone down the brightness. Equally, if the background on a web page looks dull, your screen brightness is too dim.
Simple tips for preventing eyestrain when using a computer include:
- Keep your screen away from the window, or add curtains or shades to the window to limit bright sunlight
- Keep your screen clean
- Use an anti-glare screen protector
- Take regular breaks
- Use appropriate lighting
- Try listening to podcasts instead of reading
- Get enough sleep and rest
Light your study well and your bright ideas and productivity will flourish.