Home office lighting tips

Make the lighting in your study work hard with our essential guide from Philips.

Your study is the working nucleus of your home. It should be where you are most efficient and productive. It’s most commonly where you’ll be working over-time and to achieve maximum results despite the long hours, you’ll want your study room environment to aid you in your tasks.

• The height of lamp shade depends on your eye level or position, however, the best estimation for your lamp shade would be 30 to 35cm in height.

• Look for a desk lamp that offers wide swivel planes, as this provides you the flexibility of adjusting light to where you need it most.

• Choose desk lamps that incorporate anti-glare baffles, as this will help reduce direct and reflected glare for minimise eye fatigue.

• General lighting should be on when using desk lamps. This is to ensure our eyes get adequate ambiance lighting.


• Natural light is useful in the study during the day, so you don’t have to use so much artificial lighting to perform high-intensity tasks.
• Angle your computer screen away from the natural light, to avoid the reflection off the computer screen into your eyes.

What is the best way to light my study?

Diffused lighting is good for this because it will illuminate the whole room without hard edges. If you’re using a desk lamp, make sure it has enough light output to cover your entire working area and that you can direct the light as necessary.

What should I look for when shopping for a desk lamp?

Choose a desk lamp that lets you direct the light to where you need it the most, perhaps one with a flexible arm. Also look for one with anti-glare baffles which will help reduce glare and minimize eye fatigue. And remember, it’s better for your eyes if you also have general background lighting on when using a desk lamp.

What’s the best way to throw light onto my bookshelves?

The best way to light a bookshelf is from the ceiling with directional spotlights. LED light strips would be an ideal solution.

For more info visit http://www.lighting.philips.com.au

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Posted by ClubmanReport
Great help, thanks.