Working from home has become more and more common over the past 10 to 20 years, and at Hacienda in Scottsdale, we know how important it is to have a bright, well-lit workspace. If you’re setting up a home office for the first time, or you’ve been working from home for years and need some new light fixtures, our team is here to help. We can help you find the perfect office lighting options for your home, including overhead lights, desk lamps, and much more.
When designing a new home office, it’s important to think about the three layers of lighting that every room needs — ambient, accent, and task lighting. Those, along with the right bulbs and controls, can help you set up a comfortable, productive workspace.
Ambient Lighting Choices
For many people, when setting up a home office, one top priority is to find the appropriate ambient lighting for the ceiling. This fixture might be a flush-mount light that illuminates the entire room, or it could be a ceiling fan that both lights the room and keeps it at a comfortable temperature. What’s most important when choosing an ambient light for your office is that it provides enough lumens for general illumination. You don’t want to have dark corners or shadowy spots that make the room seem dim and uninviting.
Your central ambient fixture should provide enough light for the entire room, but you can complement that fixture with recessed lighting around the perimeter of the space. These lights can provide additional illumination, as well as focused light that helps you avoid eye strain while you work throughout the day.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing your ambient lights is what bulbs you’ll need for the office. While you might be used to bright fluorescent lights in a commercial office setting, you’ll want to use LED or CFL bulbs in your home office. As for bulb color temperature, the optimal range for office lighting is between 3500 Kelvin and 5500 Kelvin, offering bright, white lighting that’s conducive to productivity.
Accent Lighting Possibilities
Once you’ve chosen your ambient lighting, you can move to the middle layer of your office and your new accent lighting. These lights provide illumination for the sections of the room you use the most, including any desk or seating areas. As for the types of accent lights you choose, there are many possibilities, including wall sconces and floor and table lamps. You can place or install these lights around the room to highlight certain features and decor, such as a specific paint color or artwork hanging on the wall.
Accent lighting is intended to provide more illumination that helps your home office feel more complete. These fixtures can also provide design touches that make the space more personal and more in line with your individual preferences. If you have questions about accent lights, please feel free to contact us right away!
Task Lighting Options
Task lighting is perhaps the most important lighting aspect in your home office, since it’s there to help you get things done. You spend most of your time in the office working, and it can be extremely beneficial to have the right desk lamp next to your computer. This light will help you avoid eye fatigue, and you’ll be able to focus on what you need to do for the day.
The floor and table lamps around your office can also act as task lights, since you might like to sit in your favorite chair and look over documents and files, or simply take a break and read for a few minutes. There doesn’t need to be a lot of task lighting in your home office, but having it in the right places can make a significant difference.
Office Lighting Styles
Everyone has their preferences when it comes to lighting styles, and you may already have ideas in mind of what style you want for your new home office. If you have a modern office space with clean, minimal lines, then you’ll want your lighting to reflect that through Industrial-style fixtures. If you have more of a traditional office with dark wood tones and full, rich colors, then you might want light fixtures that are more Art Deco or Victorian in style.
When it comes to lighting style, it all comes down to personal taste. You’re going to be the one who’s working in the office each and every day, so it’s important to choose lights that you enjoy using and seeing on a regular basis. From the type of ceiling fan or overhead light you pick to the desk lamp you use every day, your office lighting style should feel natural and cohesive.
New Office Lighting Controls
As with any room in your home, it’s important for your office to have the proper lighting controls. You likely won’t need a ton of switches to control your ambient and accent lights, and most of your task lights will be lamps that are operated via their own toggle switches or pull chains. However, it’s essential that the switches for your overhead and accent lights are in easy-to-reach places.
The overhead light switch can be placed near the door so you can turn on or turn off the main fixture whenever you enter or exit the room. Your accent lights, such as the wall sconces around the room, can be controlled by their own switch that’s near your desk. If you have recessed lights in the office for additional illumination, these can be placed on dimmers so that you can raise or lower the levels based on time of day.
Find Your New Home Office Lighting
It can take a lot of time and energy to set up a new home office, but if you’re committed to the idea of having a dedicated workspace, then Hacienda is here to help you find the perfect lighting options. We can take any design or layout ideas you have and recommend the best fixtures and accessories to make those ideas a reality. Even if all you have a is a rough sketch of what you want your home office to look like, we can provide the ideal products and styles.
Our showroom is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday by appointment only. You can contact us online or give us a call and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. You can also browse our online catalog to find amazing home office lighting, and you can build a wish list that we can access in the store once you’re ready to buy.