The pandemic of the past two years made working from home the rule rather than the exception for many professionals in all types of roles. While many are returning to their California offices now, a funny thing has happened. While working from home has its challenges, both workers and companies discovered that productivity and effectiveness, rather than waning, continued to thrive. Now, many professionals want to continue working from home at least part of the time.
What does that mean? If you work from home a significant portion of the time, you understand the importance of a distraction-free, comfortable workspace. And one of the critical elements of comfort is light. Good lighting makes for a good workspace, while poor lighting can lead to fatigue and a lack of productivity. Here are three tips recommended by residential lighting designers for a cheery and fruitful home office workspace in your Beverly Hills home.
In commercial office spaces, maximizing the use of natural light is a challenge for most building designs. Well-designed buildings use large windows, skylights, and other features to bring in as much natural daylight as possible. While many interior designers favor placing desks facing the door, from a lighting perspective, it's better to have them face the window to maximize natural light in the work area. If glare is an issue, a motorized shade can filter light or open up completely when the sun is lower.
To bring in a more natural lighting ambiance, consider installing tunable light fixtures. Tunable LED lighting can mimic the color temperature and intensity of sunlight, creating illumination that matches human circadian rhythms. You can use brighter, bluer light tones during the day for an energizing environment and shift the light to softer, warmer tones that help ease into unwinding in the evening. A lighting control system can automate the process for seamless transitions throughout the workday.
Besides ambient light, proper direct and indirect task lighting for work areas is essential. A good desk lamp can add light so that monitors don’t strain eyes and allow the desk area to be well-lit. LED lighting strips add aesthetics and functional lighting to shelves with reference material or files. For reading, a phone call, or a change of venue away from your desk, consider a chair or small sofa with a reading lamp for using your phone, tablet, or laptop.
Just like a candlelit dinner is warm and comforting, your office lighting can add a measure of comfort too. Sconces and lamps with warm color temperatures can set a calming mood in your home office. A layered lighting strategy, which combines ambient, task, and accent lighting, can create the right atmosphere to be productive but still leave you refreshed at the end of a long workday.
Want to see more of what good residential lighting design can do for your Beverly Hills home? The team at Malibu Wired is ready to assist. Contact us by giving us a call, filling out our online contact form, or chatting with an expert on staff in the pop-up window below to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to working with you!