If you have put off using your home office because it has terrible lighting, we’re here to help. At Lincoln Lighting Center, we pride ourselves on being able to turn unused or underutilized spaces into productive, gorgeous areas that you’ll be excited to spend time in. We have years of experience transforming homes into a comfortable and welcoming space with our high-tech lighting and lighting design, and we want to help you, too. If you’re ready to turn your home office into a functional room or you want to redesign the lighting anywhere else in your home, call Lincoln Lighting Center today!
Examine What You Have to Work With
Unless you have a huge house with many extra rooms, chances are good that your home office was either an afterthought or the result of a hard-fought battle. Maybe it’s the smallest room in the house or has been repurposed from another room. Whatever your home office is, start the process of lighting it by looking at what you have to work with.
- Is there natural light? Natural light is one of the best things you can hope for in a home office because it makes planning the office layout much more simple. A good amount of natural light might let you skip the ambient lighting fixtures and instead focus on task lighting. One good rule of thumb is to face your desk towards windows. Not only will this allow you to actually look outside and enjoy the view, it will cut down on annoying screen glare. You might find that the light from the window is almost enough to light the room for most of the day.
- Is it a windowless room? A windowless room presents a few extra problems, none of which are insurmountable. Instead of being able to rely on sunlight for ambient lighting, you’ll have to choose some ambient light fixtures and some task lighting in order to effectively use your office.
- What kind of lighting is already in the room? It doesn’t make sense to start from scratch if you don’t have to. If your new office already has some good task or ambient lighting, build up from there. Placing your desk in the right place can help you save a lot of money and make the space usable more quickly.
When Will You Be Using Your Home Office?
If you work from home during regular business hours you will need different kinds of light than if you’re always burning the midnight oil. Before you decide on what lights you need, track the time that you spend in your office over a week or so to get a better idea of what kind of light you need. You might be surprised to find that you spend more time there during some hours than you would have expected.
Come back next time for more tips about lighting your home office. If you’re ready to start choosing the lights and lighting fixtures you want, call us or come by our showroom. Lincoln Lighting Center has the experience and the design know-how to make any project into a winner!