Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, said that light exposure in the first waking hours of the morning is essential for maintaining healthy circadian rhythms and for optimizing cognitive performance. Light exposure can help to reduce stress and improve mood. So let's light up our home office space with all the best intentions in mind!
Whether you’re working from home or just spending time in your home office occasionally, it’s important to make sure that your workspace is comfortable and well-lit. This will help you staying focused and productive as well as reducing eye strain and headaches. We are no longer writing with ink so there's no need to use candles for lighting either.
How Bright Does Your Office Have To Be?
You don’t want it to be too bright, but you also don’t want it to be too dark. As obvious as it sounds, this is a no simple matter. Natural light is always the brightest and ideal, but if your windows are North facing or simply not big enough, or you don’t have access to natural light at all and you have to use artificial lighting - use light sources with colour temperature of 6500K, that will offer the closest match to natural day light. However, it's always a good idea to have extra warm Amber colour bulb (1800K) in one of the lamps in the room to be able to use it in the evening hours, should you have to pop to the office around an hour before bedtime. This will ensure that the bright blue light won't disrupt your natural body's bedtime mechanisms.
Functional Apporach to Lighting
When choosing lighting for your home office, you want to make sure that you’re selecting the right type of lighting for the task at hand. For example, if you’re working on a computer, you want to make sure that you’re using a bright, white light that won’t cause eye strain. If you’re reading or writing, you may want to opt for a softer, yellow light that won’t be too harsh on your eyes.
Does Office Lighting Have to Be Adjustable?
Adjustable lighting is a great choice for the office because it allows you to customize the lighting to suit the needs of the space. It can be adjusted to provide the right amount of light for different tasks, and it can be used to create a more comfortable and productive work environment. Additionally, adjustable lighting can help reduce energy costs by allowing you to adjust the lighting to the level of natural light available in the space. For example, if you’re working on a computer, you want to make sure that you’re using a bright, white light that won’t cause eye strain. If you’re reading or writing, you may want to opt for a softer, yellow light that won’t be too harsh on your eyes.
And last but not least, don't shy away from brave and bold shapes and forms that suit your interior: office light sure have to be functional first and foremost, but who said you can't make a statement!