KBL Design Center

Lighting Your Home Office

Whether you work full time out of your home office or simply use it for homework, paying bills and surfing the Internet, a well lit workspace is essential to reduce glare and make your tasks easier.

Lighting Techniques for the Office

General lighting should be bright enough to provide for a comfortable workspace, but not so bright as to create undue glare off of your papers or computer screen. If your desk is in the center of the room, consider using two large fluorescent ceiling fixtures on each side of your desk or four 6" recessed fixtures evenly spaced in the room with two of the fixtures aligned with either side of your desk. For glare reduction, avoid placing the fixtures immediately in front of your desk.

A chandelier adds an unexpected element to this room's design.

Chandeliers add style and a decorative focal point to almost any room in the house. They have traditionally been used in the dining room but are now commonly used in the bedroom as well.

Task lighting for reading and doing paperwork can be provided by floor or desk lamps. Another idea is to install pendants over your work area.

Photo Credit: Kichler Lighting

Artwork and framed certificates can be accented with track lighting or picture lights. A drum chandelier adds the finishing touch to this library's creativity.

Photo Credit: Troy Lighting