5 Home Office Lighting Tips To Reduce Eye Strain

5 Home Office Lighting Tips To Reduce Eye Strain

As more and more people start working from home, they start to realise the importance of having a proper home office set up. A good set up can always boost your work productivity and we have also discussed this in our previous article. Therefore, in this post, we want to go further and share with you 5 useful home office lighting tips that will help stay focus while at the same time to help reduce eye strain.   

natural light for home office

We have mentioned before natural light is the best lighting for your home office, not only it can save a lot for your electricity bill and boost your productivity, but it is also good for your eyes. According to a research finding, natural light has been reported to be essential to eye health and ‘it is extremely beneficial for the development and ongoing health of your eyes. Spending just three hours a day outside soaking up natural light can make a huge difference on vision. ’ So for the sake of your eyes, always place your desk close to window side and receive enough sunlight.

2. Choose an adjustable desk lamp/task light

choose an adjustable desk lamp for home office set up

Desk lamp or task light will be one of the most important light sources you need to pay attention to. Having a good desk lamp can always protect your eyes and help ease eye strain, making you more focus and raise your overall productivity. When choosing a desk lamp, try picking an adjustable one that can be angled and tilted. Also, let the light concentrate on the keyboard and paperwork and away from the computer screen to avoid the glare.

3. Ambient light

Ambient light for home office

Some people may have a wrong perception that having all light directed at their workspace is the best option, but this is totally wrong. With excessive lighting, it will create shadows and glare that make you difficult to concentrate on your work. Instead, you should focus on illuminating the area around you with a low level of ambient light. Ambient light, also known as general lighting, is essential for home office as they fill the workspace with warm and gentle light, it also helps soften the harsh and strong light that come from your task light or your computer screen and protect your eyes.  

4. Go for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFLs)

choose compact fluorescent light bulb for home office

If you do not have a private room of your own, you may consider hanging a light bulb. However there are so many types of light bulb, which one should you go for? In general, you may go for the CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights). When compare CFL with another popular light bulb LEDs (Light emitting diodes), the blue light in LED lighting can damage the eye’s retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms, while CFL are better for your eyes and emit much lower amount of UV radiation.

5. Accent lighting and decorative lighting

Accent lighting and decorative lighting for home office

Besides all the above-mentioned functional lighting types, you may also try to add accent and decorative lighting. Accent lighting help to focus light on a particular area or object, so you can make use of them to highlight some of your favourite art pieces and other collections so as to show a unique style of your own workspace. The decorative lighting also serves as a reminder, remind you to take an eye break. Under the 20-20-20 rule, for every 20 minutes you spent looking at a screen, you should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Following the rule is a great way to remember to take frequent breaks. It can help reducing eye strain caused by looking at computer screen for too long.

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