What is the Best Home Office Lighting When Using a Computer?

22.07.2021

What is the Best Home Office Lighting When Using a Computer?

If you’re struggling with compromised vision or headaches at work it could be related to your screen time. Whilst using your computer or laptop for hours at a time is likely part and parcel of your job, it can play havoc with your health. Short of taking regular breaks you may want to address the lighting in your home office.

Screen placement teamed with less than satisfactory office lighting can cause serious issues for workers. Poor quality lighting and screen glare can affect productivity and focus due to crippling headaches, migraines and blurred vision.

This article will help you position your screen correctly and distinguish lighting that is having a negative impact on your working day and how you can fix it.

How can I position my screen correctly?

Before considering lighting, let’s make sure you’re comfortable. Your screen should be placed directly in from of you, around an arm’s length away. The top of the screen should sit on, or slightly below, your eye level. However, if you wear bifocals it’s best to lower this by one or two inches. If you have a laptop, tablet, or a desktop without adjustability there are stands you can use to reach the safest level for your height. 

Your screen should not be positioned next to any windows or harsh lighting. It’s also best to ensure that your monitor isn’t backlit. If you find yourself squinting or suffering with blurred vision and headaches you will need to eliminate problematic lighting sources. This can be as simple as closing a blind or turning an overhead light off.

 

 

Assessing your home office lighting

What can I do if sunshine is a problem?

We all love a warm, sunshine drenched home office. However, issues can arise when sunlight hampers your ability to see your screen. Bright sunshine can be particularly troublesome as it creates harsh shadows and contrast on your screen. Furthermore, if rays are directly hitting your monitor, you will find screen glare unbearable.

If you want to continue embracing the sunlight in your home office, try adjusting your desk to that it runs parallel to the windows. Just be aware that if your screen is heavily backlit it can put you at risk of a headache or migraine. To save yourself an issue altogether, blinds, sheer curtains, and voile soften the intensity of sunrays whilst still letting natural light in.

What can I do if fluorescent lighting is agonising?

Fluorescent lighting is one of the biggest causes of headaches at work. Many people are sensitive to fluorescents because they contain invisible pulsing, which is a common migraine trigger. If you require overhead illumination in your home office opt for glare-free ambient lighting. A simple solution is to replace the bulbs or fluorescent tubes of a current ceiling fixture. Even switching from a high wattage bulb to a low-level version can really help improve your wellness when working from home. 

If you currently have a multidirectional ceiling light installed in your home office, such as a spotlight system or track lighting, you may want to consider a different approach. These can concentrate light in specific spots and do not distribute evenly, which can be a problem. Indirect light fixtures that hang from the ceiling are a great solution for home offices, as are globe or pendant ceiling lights. These options diffuse light evenly, eradicating any harshness associated with other ceiling light options. 

 

 

What can I do to find the best computer desk lamp?

Lamps, also known as task lights, are an office dilemma many fail to get right. Not any old lamp will do if you want to work productively and headache free. Whether you need to read documents reguarly or are looking for a lighting solution that won’t affect your screen clarity, gooseneck lamps are an essential. These simple lamps with a bendable shaft allow you to easily alter the direction of light. Furthermore, you can also pop in a low-glare bulb to take your task light to the next level. For optimal placement, pop your lamp to the side of your monitor so it does not interrupt whatever is on the screen, but allows ample lighting for other tasks you are carrying out.

Choosing the right lighting option for your home office may not be as complex as you one thought. Comfort is key and it is worth remembering that each person’s preferences and needs are different. It might take you a little while to determine the right light solution for you. However, do not despair, just a simple lightbulb change can make all the difference. Experiment with your home office lighting until your find the perfect answer.

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