Creating a home office is more than likely something you've had to consider over the last 5 months.

Your home office setup may have got you through the earlier days, but with many companies encouraging workers to continue remote working for the forseeable future, now is the perfect time to take a look at your current setup.

Why You Need To Get Home Office Lighting Right

Having a light and ambient environment is conducive to productivity and efficiency. Poor lighting in an office space where you work all day can cause headaches, low mood and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively. If you're squinting, getting regular headaches and losing concentration quickly, poor lighting could well be a factor.

It has been scientifically proven that a well lit environment can increase your mood, overall wellbeing and productivity.

With this in mind, here are 7 home office lighting ideas to create an ambient and productive working space in no time.

1.Colour Temperature - Light Bulbs

When choosing light bulbs for your lamps or light fittings, colour temperature should be one of your key considerations.

Colour temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin on a scale from 1000 to 10000. When you see the number 3000K or 4100K for example, the K stands for Kelvins. Bulbs with a lower temperature will have a warmer light.

Selecting a colour temperature somewhere between 4000-5000K is the closest colour to perfect daylight. This is perfect for task lighting. Bulbs of these temperatures will help you stay alert during the working day without causing any strain on your eyes. Use the same colour throughout the home office in all of your fixtures for balanced lighting.

Take a look at our range of LED bulbs that are categorised by colour temperature.

2. Tiltable Downlights

Tiltable downlights are a fantastic lighting choice for office space as they allow you to direct the light specifically onto a surface as required.

Downlights should be spaced out evenly across the room to create well balanced lighting.

Our tiltable / adjustable LED downlights come in a variety of colour temperatures and finishes to suit most styles of decor.

3. Lamps

Creating evenly balanced lighting throughout your room with light fixtures is the best way to ensure that you have an ambient and light working environment at all times. However, there may be times that you require extra lighting directed onto your working surface.

Lamps are a great addition to a space, for decorative style and adding extra lighting where you need it most. Lamps are a god send on those dark and dreary winter days where your lighting just doesn't cut it.

Selecting a lamp that has some kind of adjustable neck or stem will allow you to create adjustable lighting options. Just make sure you choose the colour temperature of your LED bulb carefully to ensure you get the most out of your stylish light fixture.

4. Natural Daylight

If you have access to natural daylight such as a window or a skylight window, try to work your home office layout around this. Positioning your desk sideways to a window is the optimum place to be without dazzling yourself with daylight.

Natural daylight has shown to improve and boost mood whilst aiding productivity. Especially during the summer months where you want to rely on natural daylight as much as possible. It will also help to keep those electricity bills low!

Pictured: 4W E27 Vintage Edison G125 LED Light Bulb 1800K Spiral Filament Dimmable ES

5. Dimmer Switches

Placing light fixtures on dimmer switches, particularly ambient lighting can help you to adjust the lighting throughout the day as required by daylight, mood and work.

Whilst dimmer switches can be slightly more expensive, you may be able to get additional years of use out of your bulbs by using the dimmer on a low light setting. Good for the environment, and those purse strings!

Pictured: Soho Lighting Brushed Chrome 4 Gang 2 Way Trailing Edge LED Dimmer Switch 250W Screwless.

6. Use Lighting To Add Colour

Whilst practicality should ultimately be at the forefront of your mind when choosing lighting for your home office, it's good for it to look aesthetically pleasing too.

You'll be spending the majority of your week here, so it needs to be inviting, warming and make you feel comfortable. Using lighting to add pops of colour to your home office is a great way to comfortably bring in colour that doesn't detract from your desk space during the working day.

Whether you choose to do this through lamps, pendant lighting or wall fixtures, be creative and don't be afraid of colour!

Pictured: Oxford Vintage Pendant Lights

7. Sockets

It could be argued that on average you engage with your sockets and switches more than any other interior feature. Without a doubt, they become the most used feature in any home office to power lighting and charge office equipment.

Choosing the right hardware finishes is just as important as the right lighting, bringing style and practicality to your workspace. 

When it comes to sockets, you really want to opt for those that offer the best functionality. Our screwless USB sockets are a great choice for an office space, allowing you to charge further items and by using just the cable if required.

As they say, you are a product of your environment! We hope these 7 home office lighting tips will help you to create a comfortable, practical and productive working environment.

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