How to Use Home Office Lighting to Reduce Glare and Stay Awake While Working

Home Office Lighting

As someone who worked from home for years, one of my challenges when starting out was keeping awake and focused during the day. One way that I addressed this issue was by changing the lighting in my home office to increase my energy during the day while reducing glare on the computer screen.

Replaces Bulbs With a Higher Color Temperature

If your home is filled with common incandescent and CFL light bulbs, you are likely getting a color temperature of 2700k, which is on the yellow end of the spectrum. With older CFLs, the light output may even be diminishing, making your room seem even darker.

The way to address this problem is changing the bulbs to a higher color temperature. Halogens are 3000k, and are a cheap alternative to incandescent bulbs, which are 2700k. Manufacturers also make LED and CFL bulbs in a range of color temperatures, including 2700k, 3000k, and 5000k.

The higher color temperature of these bulbs will make the light whiter, as opposed to the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs. While 2700k incandescents are great for setting a relaxed mood, a whitish or bluish light that is closer to daylight will keep you awake better.

Reduce Glare on Your Screen

To reduce glare on a computer screen, avoid placing any lights directly above your working space. Desk lights on either side of the computer work better.

Another option is placing the light source between your computer and the wall. This makes the wall a source of diffused light, which reduces the possibility of glare.

Reduce Noise and Flicker from Fluorescent Tubes

If your home or business office uses overhead fluorescent lights, you may be bothered by noise and light flickering from the fixtures. One way to address this is changing from magnetic ballasts to electronic ballasts. Consult with an electrician about this.

It doesn’t take much to turn a dim, yellowish room that is more suited to naptime into a bright, vibrant, energy-sustaining room that promotes productivity and reduces glare. All it takes is a change of light quality and location of the light sources in the room.

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Nick Heeringa

Nick is a writer, publisher and editor for the Topbulb blog. Check back often for more of his writing on lighting applications and announcements for the Topbulb website and blog!