In our last blog, we began talking about how to light your home office. While that entry focused mostly on existing light and how to get the most out of what you already have, this blog will be about adding different kinds of lights to create a space that is perfect for work and creativity. When you’re ready to pick out your new light fixtures and lamps, stop by Lincoln Lighting Center. We have years of experience and knowledge about the best ways to brighten up a room!
The Three Kinds of Lighting and Why You Need Them in Your Home Office
Lighting a room isn’t as simple as you’d think. Have you ever walked into a room and been surprised at how good everything looked and how the lighting never bothered your eyes? What about a room where you could barely look at anything without having to squint your eyes? The reason that one room was comfortable and welcoming while the other wasn’t is because of the lighting.
In order for a space to work, it has to be able to strike a balance between the three kinds of lighting: ambient (general) lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Without balance, a room can be off-putting or fatiguing, either because it is too bright or too dark.
Ambient lighting is what gives a room (or area) its general light. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with many different kinds of fixtures, including chandeliers, recessed lights, track lighting, and many other fixtures that are either wall- or ceiling-mounted.
Task lighting is lighting that is designed to help you perform specific tasks. In a home office, task lighting will mostly be to provide you enough light to read or type, while kitchen task lighting is used for preparing and cooking food. Good task lighting can be provided by a large variety of fixtures, including pendant lights, track lights, and undercabinet lights. Where ambient lighting is usually more centralized, task lighting should be placed in the areas where it is most needed since task lights are generally more directional and less diffuse.
If you have artwork or other visually stunning items in your home office that you want to draw attention to, accent lighting is how you make it happen. Accent lights are brighter than ambient lights so your attention is drawn to these elements. You can find track lights, sconces, and recessed lights that work well as accents.
Making Light Work in Your Home Office
Like in every other room in your home, great lighting only works when the different kinds work together. To balance the light in your home office, remember what we said about desk placement in regards to windows and then start building from there.
Include a central, ambient light and then ponder what kind of accent lighting you’d like above your desk. At Lincoln Lighting Center, we have so many different kinds and styles of lights that you’ll be able to find lights that reflect your unique style while still giving you all of the useful illumination that you need to work efficiently.
Stop by our lighting store in Lincoln today or give us a call if you have questions about any of our lights!