Sometimes, the work space you’ve created to do your computer work needs a little extra help when it comes to lighting. Not everyone can dedicate an entire room to become a formal and well lit office, especially if one is renting an apartment or is trying to combine an office area with a living room. As people downsize across the US, it is common now-a-days to use one room for two functions. But then how does one adequately light certain areas of the room and maintain an ambient environment for the whole room? Lets look at the difference between task lamps and table lamps for a moment, to help you in choosing the best desk lamp.
Desk lighting may not seem an important factor initially, but try working with insufficient light and it will become quickly clear that having the proper lighting is essential. Having a well lit space is not only for carrying out tasks at hand – but for general health as well. When your area is too dark, you may lean forward too much for extended periods of time, placing strain on the neck, back and even the eyes.
Most people will take a long time to select just the right desk chair – because they know that they will be sitting for possibly hours at a time. Proper back support, adjustability and the right size chair, suddenly become of paramount concern. But people tend to skimp on the lighting and consequently, can suffer physically as well. What does one do when the general room lights are not enough?
What size is your desk area? Is there room to place a lamp on a desk? Might a floor task lamp work better for the work area? Maybe your area double serves as a creative area for crafting where you need a brighter light source for doing detailed work. Will you need to move your light around on occasion or would you prefer one that clamps to your desktop?
Think about task light vs lamp light….
Lamps are generally created as accent lighting, to be used on side tables in bedrooms or living rooms. They tend to give off a softer glow than task lights, which are crafted to provide a stronger beam of light to a small area; specifically for reading or doing detail work. Standard lamps tend to have thicker shades which help to mask the eye from the bright bulb. They tend to be built from one non-flexible and decorative center stand, which can lend creative flair in terms of the color, or styling of both the fixture and the shade. However, lamps don’t offer as many options as task lights do.
Think about bulb type….
Halogen lights are energy-efficient and excellent as task lights. They have a tungsten filament, which gets hot and emits a great deal of visible light, whereas a normal bulb is not as efficient. However, halogens are twice as hot as standard bulbs. When outfitted with more delicate or fringed shades, it’s not always wisest to use halogen bulbs on standard lamps. Fluorescent lights are very efficient but tend to be more expensive than incandescent bulbs. Full spectrum bulbs emulate natural sunlight and are incredibly well-suited to task lighting applications. LED’s run cooler than halogens and offer another option for creating bright light to a small area.
Adjustable task lamps can have variable height settings so that you can control whether the light is sharper or more diffused. Therefore, some are crafted with flexible necks so that you can bend the light according to your needs. Some have dimmers that offer three levels of brightness. In any event, you want to be able to control the brightness of your work area, without having to squint from the bulb that’s emitting the light.
It costs very little to re-design a work space area and outfit it with the correct lighting. Sometimes all it takes is one extra, well placed fixture. Sometimes adding other lights to the area, such as a low hung pendant or a wall sconce in conjunction with a task light will suffice. So long as you feel comfortable and well supported by the light you need sitting at your workspace, almost any combination will do. Don’t be afraid to experiment over a period of a month or so, moving the fixtures you’ve purchased around to get them in just the right position!