More of us are working from home than ever before. And that has created challenges for those of us who are used to buckling down and getting work done at the office!
With the TV around the corner, the kitchen full of snacks, and your comfy bed just a few steps away, it can be tough to maintain your previous levels of productivity. But there are some ways to make your home office a more productive place without adding a cubicle. Lighting plays a huge part in your clarity, focus, and productivity. Certain lighting can make you tired. Other lighting encourages alertness. And some can even inspire you to come up with that promotion-worthy big idea. It’s time to get rid of that old desk lamp and add upgrade your home office with the following lighting trends. They’re guaranteed to give your productivity a big push.
Limit Your Natural Light
Home office design of the past embraced natural light as a productivity-enhancer and a mood-booster. And now, many stay-at-homers are doing the same. After all, what’s better than working by the window and letting the sun’s rays shine on your keyboard-tapping fingers? While this might sound like a great way to work, it could actually be hampering your productivity.
Retro home office design didn’t get it wrong. But it didn’t take computers (and their effects on our eyes) into account. Our computer screens are not as powerful as sunlight. So, their automated brightness detectors compensate for natural light by upping the brightness to full power. You might not notice when your computer does this, but your eyes are having to do a lot more work. This can lead to fatigue pretty quickly. If you work on a computer, restrict the natural light in your home office and replace it with artificial lighting that mimics natural light (like the next trend on this list!). That way, you can enjoy the mood boost of natural light without straining your eyes.
Inspire with Levitating Lights
New ideas inspire big breakthroughs. And there’s no trend in lighting more cutting-edge than levitating lights. These mesmerizing bulbs float freely in midair with the help of electromagnets. It’s not a gimmick or a trick of the eye—it’s real levitation. Our favorite of these new innovations is called Volta. It’s a beautiful levitating lightbulb made from real mahogany wood. Volta is powered by wireless electricity via magnetic induction—a truly forward-thinking trend for your home. It has a professional vibe that lends perfectly to a home office, and it emits a precise color temperature that relieves stress and enhances focus. Volta was designed to inspire, impress, and boost productivity in any setting. Its steady levitating bulb is the embodiment of novel ideas and hard work. And, its natural lighting is easy on the eyes. Volta is both attractive and practical. It fits easily on a desk and turns on with a button-free touch to its base. Thanks to its powerful electromagnets, its levitation power will last forever. And the reinforced bulb contains LED lights with a 20+ year lifespan. Maybe the best thing about Volta is that when you go back to the office, you’ll make an instant impression. What client or boss would forget a desk light that floats in midair? Volta’s big launch is coming soon, but you can get yours now for 33% off during the limited launch sale.
Switch to LED Lighting
Normal office lighting is terrible. It’s even been found to increase fatigue and irritability. And your home office lighting probably isn’t much better. LED lighting is a better way to light your home office. Not only is it more energy-efficient and longer-lasting than traditional lighting, but it can also boost your productivity. LEDs have the advantage of being bright but not overpowering. They are one of the closest replacements to natural sunlight, meaning you can enjoy that warm feeling you get from the sun without eye fatigue.
You have a bunch of style choices when it comes to LED lighting too:
- LED bulbs (like Volta above) are easy and affordable
- LED track lighting is simple to install pretty much anywhere
- LED tube lights can replace horrible fluorescent bulbs
- LED wall lights plug right in for instant positive energy
If you’re looking for a boost of productivity and high design, add some LED pendant lighting to give your home office a Silicon Valley start-up feel.
Shine a Light on Your Productivity
Whether you love working at home or hate it, you have to admit that it can sometimes be tough to get work done (daytime TV is calling…). Luckily, something as simple as changing a lightbulb can increase your productivity and boost your mood all day. Remember to limit your natural light intake while using your computer. Save the sun for your breaks and lunch hour. And grab an LED bulb like Volta to break the cycle of irritating lighting and inspire you to work harder and smarter.
Increasing your productivity can really be as easy as flipping a switch!