With the second wave of Pandemic and consequent lockdown, people are forced to work from home again. Many people are still struggling to concentrate and stay productive at home. The biggest advantage of working from home is, you have the liberty and flexibility of designing your own set up. However, did you know that having the right lighting plays an important role in increasing productivity? Often times, we think that the overhead lights or general ambient lighting would be fine for our work desk. It is not always true. Working for long hours sitting at the same place might need some additional functional lighting to stay productive.
After buying a residential flat near Budge Budge, Aniruddha and Somali Roy gave priority to set up their home office before everything else. Both of them are IT professional and working from home since the pandemic hit our country. A well-lit home office is imperative as poor lighting can not only harm productivity but cause eyestrain, headaches and bad mood.
Here are 5 tips for creating a well-lit, stylish and functional workspace:
Increase natural light:
Sunshine has the power to heal and provide energy. The warm natural light automatically improves work environment. A great view outside with soothe your senses while working. Natural light is way easier on your eyes and does no damage like harsh artificial lights. Position the table strategically so that the window is on one side of the table and not behind the table, as direct sunlight can cause glare on your computer screen and create shadows. Use transparent curtains, blinds, etc. to soften natural light.
Add task lights
Well defined task lights like adjustable table lamp can support a variety of work on your desk. This is a very useful hack that will help you with detailed tasks such as documents, layouts or working with a computer. A dedicated task light can be a part of any workplace that requires focus-intensive work. Pick desk lamps with flexible arms so that you can adjust their height and angle to suit the task at hand.
Remove shadows and highlights:
It is important to know which light source is falling on your desk. For example, a light source behind you creates a glare on your computer screen, or a light source in front of you distracts you from the computer screen. Likewise, it’s also important to remove unwanted shadows emitted by certain light sources such as table lamps. So, if you write with your right hand, make sure the table lamp is on the opposite side to get rid of the shadows. Do not work directly under a ceiling light to avoid additional glare. Look for ways to add scattered light.
Decorative office lamp for your desk:
Once you’ve achieved ambient, diffuse, and illuminated perfection, you can decorate your home workstation with small accent lighting to enhance the visual character of the room. Consider adding wall scones or some fairy lights to create a happy, cozy and productive atmosphere.
The right lighting for video calls:
Since online meetings are the new norm, light up your surroundings by adding diffused lighting on the back of your laptop with soft illumination. This not only provides clear vision for the viewer, but also makes you look active for your work meetings.