As the workplace changes, the amount of people who are working remotely from a home office is on the rise. In fact, remote work has grown by 44% in just the last 5 years. And with the pandemic going on at the time this post was written, we’re at an all-time high in regards to remote work.

At Butler Lighting, we want you to be fully equipped with everything you need to make your home office a comfortable, productive place to work. And while we don’t sell ergonomically friendly furniture or office supplies, we do have something that’s critical for your home office — lighting.

The truth is, office lighting can have an impact on your health and productivity. If your lighting is too dim, that can cause strain and headaches. However, if it’s too bright, it can also be bad for your eyes and even induce migraines. That’s why we’ve prepared some tips below for lighting your in-home office just right.

Consider The Natural Lighting In The Room

Ambient lighting is the first layer of lighting that you’ll want to get down in your office, and the most powerful source of ambient, or general, light is natural lighting.

If you have a window that provides ample natural lighting, you’ll want to move your desk next to that window. Natural lighting is easier on your eyes. Plus, you’ll have a great view outside when your eyes need a break. 

How To Choose Your Fixtures

When dealing with office lighting, as with any other type of lighting, you’ll want to consider the three layers of lighting: ambient, task, and accent.

  • Home Office Ambient Lighting: Recessed or hanging ceiling lights are typically used for ambient lighting in home offices. One fun thing you can do is replace your current semi-flush mount with attractive pendant lighting. Pendant lights can add a dramatic feel to the room. Just make sure to use a diffused light source. You can also use well placed sconces or up lights to round out your ambient lighting strategy.
  • Home Office Task Lighting: This is where lamps shine their brightest. Getting a quality desk lamp with a flexible arm will allow you to have the illumination you need, where and when you need it.
  • Home Office Accent Lighting: One of the most fun things about having a home office is that you can decorate it to your liking. This means using track lighting or floor uplighting to highlight artwork or architectural features.

How To Place Office Lighting

Getting your fixtures just right is important for cutting down glare, shadows, and other things that cause your eyes to strain. Using task lighting behind your computer screen can help provide the corrective light you need.

Another option is to install dimmers and window treatments, that way you get optimal control of your lighting, no matter what time of the day or night.

Light Your Home Office With Butler Lighting

Butler Lighting’s updated online shopping experience has made it easier for you to get top-quality lighting fixtures — all from the comfort, and safety, of your own home.

Browse our online catalog to find great products at competitive prices. We look forward to serving all your illumination needs!