When it comes to lighting your home, one of the most important aspects to get right is task lighting. Not only does it enable us to read, write, cook, and study things up close, but has a positive effect on our health with a reduction in both headaches and eye strains.
If you weren’t aware, task lighting refers to the illumination of a specific area, in the aim to better accomplish an activity. This is often achieved by projecting an adequate level of light from a well-positioned source to enable contrast for enhanced levels of focus.
Task lighting is commonly used in spaces such as kitchens, home offices, and bedrooms, but can be used anywhere to support a task that requires even the smallest level of concentration.
With that said, here’s our list of top tips for task lighting in your home.
Task lighting for the bedroom
For those that love to read in bed, you can’t always rely on natural light. Instead, a practical reading light should be considered.
You can either choose a lamp for your bed-side table, or a more permanent option in a wall-mounted-fixture.
If you’re an avid reader and willing to install a permanent fixture, the second option is the way to go. These types of lights can be mounted on the wall, and wired with a switch close to your bed for easy access.
Whichever option suits your lighting needs best, remember the following to ensure a finished result you’re happy with:
- Make sure you can reach the switch without having to get out of bed.
- Opt for a warm colour temperature to get a better night's sleep. Cool lights will keep your brain alert and active for extended periods of time.
- Symmetry isn’t always needed. You can balance your bedroom lighting without using the same fixtures on each side of the bed.
Task lighting for a desk
For computer work, paperwork, and other focus-intensive tasks at a desk, choose a well-defined light source dedicated to what you’re doing.
An adjustable desk lamp can work great, and can be positioned where you need it to support a variety of tasks.
When a computer or laptop is involved, you don’t want a bright source of light right next to the screen. If possible, you should also avoid having a window directly behind your screen, or have any bright light shining on it. This can create glare on the screen and cause your eyes discomfort.
For a good home office lighting solution, choose low to average light sources throughout the room, and ensure your space isn’t too dark – a bright screen with insufficient surrounding light can also cause strain to your eyes.
Additionally, if you ever use your home office for video call conferences, think about a light that faces you appropriately when required. This could be an LED fixed above and behind your monitor. As long as the brightness can be adjusted to the right level and doesn't overpower the brightness of your screen, you’ll have no trouble with eyestrain, whilst looking more professional on calls.