The desk and chair setup in your office is important. But you have to look out for your eyes. Office lighting can have a major impact on your health.
Harsh fluorescent lights can be a strain for your eyes and may even trigger migraines. Dim lighting is just as bad, and can also cause eye strain and headaches. A dark office is just depressing.
Here are some simple steps to take to help you more effectively light your workspace.
If you have the advantage of working from home, congratulations! You’re one of the lucky ones. Having a home office means having the flexibility of designing your own space. While you may pay more attention to the styling, it’s a good idea to take into account the ergonomics of your environment, including your modern office lighting.
Assess the Natural Light
Take a good look at your space and the natural light that’s already provided. Do you have a window that gives plenty of natural light? If the answer is yes, move your desk right now to take advantage of all that beautiful natural light. Natural light is way easier on your eyes. If you’ve got a great view with little distractions, consider putting your desk right under the window.
Tackle the Overhead Situation
Overhead lighting isn’t the greatest office lighting source–and it surely shouldn’t be the sole source–but it can help fill in places that other sources of light seem to miss. Take the opportunity to switch out your boring overhead lighting for something fun and unique.
Add a Tried and True Task Light
Nothing beats a classic desk lamp. These lamps are key to bringing everything into focus. Desk lamps that have a flexible arm are ideal since you can adjust their height and angle to suit the task at hand. But task lighting alone can quickly give you eyestrain.
Finish Off With Ambient and Corrective Light
In a “Real” Office
If you’re living the cubicle life, it may seem like your fluorescent lighting woes will never leave. But fret not, here are some tips to lighten up your day and help keep your eyes healthy and focused.
Take a stroll outside periodically to soak in some natural light. This is great if your desk isn’t by a window, and is also a great way to get a little exercise during that fifteen minute break before lunch.
Fight the Fluorescents
I know, fluorescent lighting is the devil of the modern office. It can cause migraines and are all-around unpleasant. While you may not be able to get them changed out right away, see what you can do. Ask about having them off during specific times of the day. And you can also minimize the negative effects if you…integrate your own task and ambient lighting!
Add an LED Strip
If major modifications are out, like moving your desk, try adding an LED strip behind your monitor, or mounting it underneath a cabinet.