Health, energy, productivity...what are we missing? Feeling! The fourth purpose of lighting is to make a space feel and look good, viscerally, intuitively, immediately.
Residential light bulb options usually fall into a tighter range, some as low as 1,900 K and as high as 10,000 K. As an example, this Lumens graphic shows the range they offer and what color those bulbs emit.
In light of this, we will only make a nod to SPD, and send out a wish that it will one day be accessible to your average home-office enthusiast.
For now, let’s explore lighting setups.
But what if your office is in a basement, or a closet, or under the stairs? You can still incorporate daytime light, just artificially. Natural light lamps are designed to imitate sunlight, lifting your mood, sharpening your focus and keeping you alert. Very Well Mind rounded up a list of their favorite light therapy lamps here, including their favorites broken down by category.
“I love how this lamp uses the clamping mechanism as a design opportunity rather than an eyesore that secures it to the desk.”
“To make things extra cozy at night, we added two Phillips Hue Lamps at the ends of the desk. These smart lights help add ambient lighting to the space when Belinda decides to burn the midnight oil.”
This is true for all your lights though: they are sources. Of light, of joy, of ease, of inspiration. Whether it’s a ceiling light, a task light, or a floor light. A custom RGB setup for your gaming center, twinkle lights, or any kind of light you can think of. The important thing is to find which ones are Sources for you.
Which brings us back to the beginning, to the ultimate source, the sun. And to the first purpose, health, in a broad sense, encompassing physical, emotional, mental and creative threads. Let your lighting keep you in touch with the rhythm of the day. Let it relax your stress and strain. Choose lights that speak to you, that illuminate your workspace and keep your eyes attentive to what matters. Find natural light and, when you can, step outside. So that in the end you have a home office space tailored to doing your best work and filled with inspiration.