In our constantly changing world it has become more important than ever to find functional productive space in places where they never were before. For many of us dining rooms have become home offices and schools while we all work together to stay safe at home. Promoting productivity in some spaces and relaxation and comfort in others is the key to creating spaces at home to help us get through this time.
While lighting is always important for creating function and beauty in a space, it is also key to productivity, relaxation, comfort, and happiness in a space. Lighting effects how we perceive textures and colors in a space, it manipulates the overall feel of a room.
There are three principal types of lighting in any given room: ambient, task and accent.
Ambient lighting is the main source of lighting in a room. Most often it originates from recessed lighting or overhead fixtures. It is the most common lighting and serves the most basic purpose of illuminating the room.
Task lighting is designed to provide light for specific activities or uses in a space — like bedside lamps for nighttime reading, under-cabinet lighting to illuminate counter tops, or a vanity light above a mirror. Based on your individual needs in the space you might choose lighting with the ability to change direction so you can direct the light where you need it most.
Accent lighting plays the most decorative role in your home. It’s typically used to draw attention to an architectural or decorative focal point, like a fireplace, work of art, staircase, or bookshelf. Accent lighting can also be a focal point in its own right if you opt for statement-making pieces.
For room-by-room tips on types and amounts of lighting try articles like this one by The New York Times.
Good lighting design takes into account the purpose of the room and matches the light levels and types to the tasks being performed. When it comes to productive spaces, like offices, the character and quality of lighting in your workspace is extremely important. Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and disrupt your ability to work effectively.
As we’ve explored in previous articles, the best light to work in to support your mental and physical health is always natural light. However, in a world where natural lighting isn’t always available and working under artificial light is often a necessity there are ways to mimic the natural light that is best for you with artificial lighting in order to experience many of the positive health benefits.
OLED Light fixtures are helping to make an artificial, healthy light, commercially available for use in residential interior design. The use of OLED fixtures in your home will protect you from the harsh effects of other artificial lighting on your mind and body.
In times where home offices are more necessary than ever, OLED lighting can be the key to increasing productivity in a room not initially designed to be a functioning workplace. Different OLED light fixtures can be used as all three principal types of lighting in your home. Most significant in office spaces is the necessity for task lighting, for which OLED lights are ideal.
OLED lighting is a light source that looks and feels good. It gives off a warm, pleasing, diffused light, that is ideal for mental and physical health. It can increase productivity by mimicking natural light and decrease eyestrain and headaches common to the workplace.
Lighting has the ability to make a space feel relaxing, comfortable, productive, the list goes on. It can unify a design and the people who enjoy the space. When designing, light needs to be viewed as much more than a means to help someone see. Lighting is the key to productivity and togetherness in an age where homes are functioning differently than they ever have before.