As you fumble to hit the light, you notice only a tad of difference in the illumination that your overhead lights provide. You realised that even during day time, it is still semi dark in your work area and usually, as you look around your office you would often have a “bleh” feeling as you have to rearrange your work papers closer to the ceiling light just to get started on tasks.
Change that “bleh” feeling into an excited “hooray” whenever you walk into your office by changing the lighting. Adding different lights and fixtures can give your room the perfect ambiance while making the office more functional. When the spring weather arrives, give your office new life and see what you are working on with these great lighting tips.
Soft or Harsh Lights?
Soft lighting in an office can make it feel welcoming, and works great if you will be getting natural light from the windows. Harsh, brighter lights can give you plenty of brightness if you are a night owl who loves to burn the candle at both ends. You’ll be able to work on projects without straining your eyes to see.
You’ll have to choose the brightness of the lighting based on your own personal preferences and what you will be doing in your office. Always choose a light that allows you to see what you are doing, but isn’t too harsh where it hurts your eyes or gives you a headache.
Picking a Light Fixture
Once you decide on the type of brightness you want from your lights, you can pick the type of light fixture that fits into your preferences. Don’t be afraid to mix and match lighting to give you a great balance throughout the office.
Ceiling Lights: Ceiling lights can lend a softer brightness to fill the entire room. The paint on the walls can affect the brightness of ceiling lights, as darker colors make the light softer and lighter colors will reflect more light around the room.
Pendant Lamps: Pendant lamps hang from the ceiling on long cords or chains to focus a beam of light on a surface. Pendant lamps are great for offices where you need a concentrated source of light to shine on a specific area of the work table.
Semi-Flush Lights: Semi-flush lights are lamps that aren’t up against the ceiling like ceiling lamps yet don’t hang as low as pendant lamps. Semi-flush lamps allow the light to reflect off the ceiling and walls to brighten the entire room, as well as sending a beam of light down onto the work desk.
Under-Cabinet Lighting: Under-cabinet lighting brightens areas of your office that are normally shaded. If your office desk sits under hanging cabinets, you can add under-cabinet lights to give you an extra bit of brightness on your work area.
Spring Is a Great Time to Change Office Lighting
Put away the feather duster and toss out those dirty lamp shades. Instead, get new lighting bulbs for your office that will give you enough light to finish your work while fitting into the decor of the room.
This article was provided by Premiere Works DC General Contractor and handyman for commercial offices and facilities.