Designing with Light – Getting the Best Home Office Lighting

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When it comes to home office lighting, it’s important to create a comfortable environment that is free of harsh contrasts and distracting glare.

You will need task lighting for reading, writing, and computer work, and general lighting for the surrounding area. You may also want to include accent lighting for prized possessions and collections.

A silver desk lamp sits on an office desk.
An adjustable desk lamp is a must-have for an office.

An adjustable desk lamp will provide task light for desk and keyboard areas. Position all lights so that their bulbs do not reflect in the computer screen. Look to halogen desk lamps for bright, clean home office lighting that’s perfect for reading and other tasks.

Newer LED desk lamps and energy efficient desk lamp designs offer great reading light with cost-saving, energy efficient design.

If you are right handed, place your desk lamp on the left side of the desk so you don’t cast shadows across your paper.

A white desk lamp sits on a modern desk.
A desk lamp provides much-needed lighting for laptop screens and desk work.

Exclusive Tree Torchiere Floor Lamps

An exclusive design from Lamps Plus, torchiere lamps with 2 side lights can handle several tasks at once. The head of the torchiere can help to light the entire room with glare free ambient light and the bullet lights can be positioned for more direct lighting where you want it.

Ceiling Lights for the Home Office

Two large ceiling fixtures, containing energy-efficient fluorescent tubes, can also provide plenty of well-diffused general home office lighting, while eliminating shadows on the desk. Place the fixtures over head and to the right and left of the desk so the light comes over the shoulder. Lighting placed in front of a desk will cause troublesome reflections.

Under-Cabinet Lights in the Office

Credenzas can be illuminated with slim under cabinet fixtures containing energy-efficient fluorescents. Mount as close to the front of the cabinet as possible to avoid glare reflecting off the work surface.

Pictures, mementos, professional certificates, or an attractive plant can be highlighted with overhead track lighting.

A modern padded office chair.
A good office chair is just as important to the desk setup as the lighting.

Home Office Furniture

Lighting is important in the home office setting, but so too is choosing a new home office desk or desk chair! For more tips on choosing the perfect office chair see our article, Buying an Office Chair.

Have Questions About Home Office Lighting?

For more inspiration, visit our Shop By Room pages where you can browse dozens of home office inspiration rooms.

Contact Lamps Plus or visit one of our lighting stores for questions or product recommendations; we’re here to help!

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4. Tips for Buying an Office Chair