Office Lighting

Written by Dina Kayed
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Eye strain and fatigue are common complaints among office workers. This is often due to the fact that the lighting in offices is weak or not efficient enough. We have all been told at one time or another not to read in the dark. This is because it can increase eye strain. Your office is where you spend most of your time during the day. It's important you feel as comfortable as you possibly can to allow for maximum productivity, so lighting really must be adequate to avoid eye strain.

Office Lighting Factors

Home offices are becoming very common simply because the advent of the PC has allowed so many to work from home. Some of us only work for a few hours in our home offices, but there are also a great number of people that spend more than six hours at a time sitting at a computer. Whether you use your office to pay your bills, write a few letters or you have a home based business, its important that you have adequate office lighting. This will generally mean a different kind of lighting to that used in the rest of your home.

Most of us use computers for our work these days. If the lighting in your office is not at a right angle to your screen it can cause reflections that are not only aggravating, but make it hard for you to see your work as well. Make sure your office lighting layout alleviates this problem. Light fixtures are better placed to one side of your work area because light coming from the side will not reflect back into your eyes.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right light for your office and create a nice atmosphere for you to work in. Arrange your lighting layout to fit your activities around the office. Make sure the lighting is glare-free and not distracting. Adequate task lighting for reading, perhaps in the form of a desk lamp, is a good idea. You will need general lighting as well. Think about your office lighting in terms of space, function, style, mood, special objects that you may want to draw attention to, and tasks that need to be performed.


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