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Find out more about the best way to light up your home office:
You can find all the key points at a glance in our Home Office Lighting Overview.
1. How important is natural light in the home office?
Sunlight is not the only thing that can annoy you! Make sure that all direct light sources are either shielded or placed to one side of you.
2. Basic lighting for your home office
- Flat LED luminaires known as LED panels emit diffuse light for uniform light in the room. Their reduced, understated design has other benefits as well: it really doesn't matter what interior style you choose for your home office – the panels basically blend into the background and will always look good.
- The same principle applies if you prefer recessed luminaires. They don't offer the same kind of diffuse light, but they are an excellent option for basic lighting – you just have to put up enough of them. The number of recessed luminaires you will need depends on the size of the room. Find our more on our page about Indoor Lighting.
- Ceiling luminaires or pendant luminaires with a fabric shade are another option for basic lighting in your home office. Both of these types of luminaire are very decorative.
- Or you could go for wall luminaires instead. Nice wall luminaires will definitely brighten up your workplace at home.
- LED strips are great for creating indirect lighting in your home office. Light strips like our FlexLED are easily installed without tools and emit a pleasant light. For the a little bit more ambitious among you: Our MaxLED LED strips are designed for installation in a profile. They distribute their light uniformly in the room and are 100% glare-free. You will, however, need some tools for the installation.
- The URail rail system might be your perfect choice if you want to install a variety of luminaires in your home office. The rails are mounted on the ceiling and you can attach virtually any luminaires you like. And if you ever get tired of the look of any of these luminaires you can simply replace them with others. Want to learn more about our light rail? Have a look at our URail overview page.
3. Direct light sources: accent lighting and reading lights
Desk luminaires: an essential direct light source for the home office
4. Correlations between luminous intensity and work efficiency
5. The impact of colour temperature on concentration and performance
- Daylight white: As mentioned earlier, daylight has a light colour of 5,300 Kelvin or more. This colour temperature has an energising effect on the human body and boosts performance.
- Neutral white: Many office buildings and also home offices rely on a light temperature between 3,300 and 5,300 Kelvin. This range is perceived as neutral white and is often referred to as "objective lighting".
- Warm white: Some people perceive neutral white and daylight white as too cold and the trend here is towards more of a warm white light for the home office. Its colour temperature of 3,300 Kelvin or less has a positive effect on our well-being. Make sure that the light sources you choose for your home office have sufficient luminous intensity if you opt for warm white luminaires.
You'd like to have a choice of light colours to suit your mood? Lamps or LED strips with a tunable white function are the answer.
6. Cutting costs with LED luminaires for your home office
Home Office Lighting Overview
- Choose a room with plenty of natural light as your home office. Position the desk at an angle to the window or install window blinds to prevent glare.
- Install basic lighting for your home office and add some direct light sources.
- Too much contrast causes fatigue.
- Choose a light intensity to suit your age and activity. 500 lux will be enough for younger people, an older person should choose an intensity between 750 and 1,500 lux. Delicate manual work will need a lot more brightness than working on a PC screen.
- Choose a light colour that boosts your concentration and feels good.
- Use LED lamps in your home office to save money and electricity.