Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any office, but it’s particularly crucial for virtual assistants or other online service providers who work from home. Not only can the right lighting increase productivity and assist with reducing documentation errors, but through choosing carefully you can even find an option that will help stimulate brain function, keeping you awake and focussed.
So how should a virtual assistant go about choosing lighting for their home office? Here are a few tips from bulb to outlet.
Map The Space
Where will the lamps fit? Where can pendant lights hang? Will they require redecorating and rearranging the room, or will they accommodate the existing layout? Pay particular attention to incoming natural light from the windows. Sunrises can cast glares and reflect light on computer screens that haven’t been angled with due consideration.
Determine Energy Requirements
For small offices tucked away in the corner of a home, a few simple lights will be enough for efficiency. When it comes to larger or multipurpose rooms however, it’s wise to consider wattage. Is the room best decorated with an assortment of 40-watt bulbs or one large overhead light with 1800 lumens of power? How will all of this look on an electricity bill?
Pick A Theme
Many people report feeling happier and more satisfied with their workspace when it “flows.” Rather than haphazardly adding lights that may or may not complement what they already have, they prefer bringing everything together with a specific theme. For example, some people build themselves sleek chrome offices with florescent lights and geometric floor lamps. Others may use natural skylights or yellow-tinted shades to give their office a warm, comforting glow.
Choose The Right Bulbs
Stop wasting money on cheap bulbs that burn out quickly. Instead, invest in more energy-efficient compact florescent lights (CFLs) for illumination that will last years and shave a good percentage off monthly electric bills. Solar power is another option for the budget-minded worker; it’s even available for purchase through LED lights that absorb daytime rays and project them back once night falls.
Blue lights have been shown to improve cognitive function in the brain. Internal photo-receptors are stimulated by it, firing up neurones and increasing activity from one neurological pathway to the next. A few blue lights around the office can serve as an excellent jolt for workers who need a boost during late nights or post-lunch drowsiness.
Have Fun With Fixtures
What’s the use in escaping a cubicle when home office lighting reflects the same boring standard? Say goodbye to dull desk lamps and hello to the many different fixtures available through contemporary design. Light bars, for example, can liven up any bookcase or file cabinet; accent lighting across doors and windows will illuminate even the shadowiest corners; spotlights on the desk will ensure that no “i” is left un-dotted, so to speak! Not to mention wall sconces as well, which will add personality to the whole room.
Lighting an office isn’t like lighting other areas of the home. It takes thought, precision and commitment to create a worthwhile workspace, so use these tips as a guide for getting things done even from the comforts of home.
How do you light your home office? Comment below.