Light Up Your Home Office
Whether you’re a writer, in the graphic design industry or a PR specialist, working from home is every freelance professional’s dream. So long as you have the knowledge, experience and exposure to be able to back up your services, business will take care of itself.
That being said, if you don’t have a particularly comfortable environment then working from home can seem slightly daunting.
Guest Writer Dawn Wood tells iHubbub more about getting your lighting right in your home work space and more importantly, how to use natural light in your home office.
It is common knowledge that one of the perks of working freelance is that you can take your laptop to virtually any location, so long as there is a plug socket and wi-fi connection, the world really is your oyster.
However, what about if it just so happens that you tend to be the most productive whilst carrying out your daily work load from home? If this is the case then it’s important to be able to concentrate, and this means having a home office that suits your personal needs as a freelancer.
One of the main priorities in a home office environment is lighting and how different effects can vary your productivity levels. Whether your home office is a fully renovated garden office, a dedicated study room or even just a quiet space in the kitchen, the outcome should still be the same: your home office is your own personalized space to be able to work efficiently and effectively.
Natural Light In Your Home Office
This is where basic amenities like having the correct lighting come in. It might be that you carry out your working activities the best first thing in the morning – if this is the case then natural light is probably going to be your leading (and cheapest) resource.
Try positioning your desk or table towards an open window, or alternatively if you have them, by some glass kitchen doors. The fresh air will not only awaken your senses, but will also provide a healthy portion of light for you to be able to enjoy whilst working. Some home workers may also prefer to set up an outdoor space, especially if the weather is warmer.
When night time creeps in, ambient lighting works nicely and there are many varieties of subtle lighting options to choose from including spot lights, floor lamps and wall lights. The advantages of having small spot lights installed into specific areas of a room are ideal. As you will be targeting your work space, this will enable you to see whilst preventing troublesome eye strain. After all, poor lighting combined with looking at a computer screen for a long period of time can cause damage to the eyes, so if you can prevent this by buying some small spot lights then please do so.
Floor lamps will also work in your favour as these can be positioned into corners, either in front of your desk or behind. This type of lamp can also be angled so that the direction of the light is facing the wall, creating a pleasantly lit working environment.
Similarly, wall lights will enable you to feel comfortable without overpowering the room. By considering your lighting options carefully, this will avoid any additional energy usage allowing you to cut down on electricity bills as well – a definite pro.
There is one type of lighting that you should try to avoid though and this is bright, glaring ceiling light. Prolonged exposure to direct overhead lights can cause eye strain and leave you feeling agitated, which is why choosing some calming alternatives can work much better for somebody spending long hours working from home.
Most commercial offices do tend to have these overhead lights as they are designed to promote vital thinking, but they actually give off a lot of heat and excess brightness – not particularly practical for a home office setup.
Candles can also be an effective solution if you’re looking to save on your electricity bill - it’s all about thinking outside of the box and working with the resources you have. A healthy, productive home office is without a doubt what every driven freelancer wants so that they can feel relaxed, without the pressures of external distractions.
How will you choose to customize your lighting? Remember that finding the correct lighting is equally as important as the rest of your office facilities and will benefit your overall performance in the grand scheme of things.
Guest Writer Bio
Dawn Wood is a UK-based content writer with a love for fashion, interior design and online marketing. In addition to being able to write about a diverse range of topics for various retailers, Dawn is also a Content Writer for Litecraft, a Manchester-based online retailer celebrating over 60 years designing, manufacturing, and distributing decorative lighting across the UK.
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