Posted by Andrew Crompton

Posted 25 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

Replicating your office environment at home is certainly challenging but following our previous advice, once you have a suitable desk and your ergonomic task chair set up, you’re pretty much sorted. There’s one thing you would struggle to replicate though and it’s certainly something you shouldn’t overlook.

If your work office is up to scratch, the lighting should be designed to provide suitable LUX levels for comfortable working (LUX is a standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as “illuminance” or “illumination”).

Your home most certainly will not. Standard LED bulbs do not lend themselves to home working, especially if they’re shrouded by a shade. A much higher LUX level of between 500-800 LUX is generally required at desk level.

There are plenty of apps you can download on your smart phone that will measure the light levels at desk level and provide you with evidence that additional light is required. # light lux meter

An ergonomic task lamp that sits on your desk is usually the best way to up the levels. Not only will it help to reduce eye strain and potential headaches, but scientific evidence has also shown that it will keep you awake and alert longer, boost productivity levels and invigorate and inspire you.

In these difficult times it could be one of the best and most cost effective solutions to keeping us all well, engaged and productive.

Top tips for your office light

– Make sure the light is aimed at your workspace and not your monitor screen, to avoid glare.

– Position the lamp on the opposite side to your mouse hand to avoid shadows.

– Keep other background lights switched on in the room, sitting with a single isolated task light could have the opposite effect.