A gooseneck lamp directs the task lighting away from your computer.
According to "All About Vision," 50 to 90 percent of computer users experience eye strain or other annoying visual-related symptoms. By properly lighting your computer work area, you can reduce or eliminate these bothersome eye issues. Make your computer work space more user-friendly with the right lighting to decrease computer glare and shadows, provide optimal task lighting and reduce excessive illumination.
Harness the Bright Sunshine
Sunshine is a natural mood brightener in a home office, unless it's preventing you from clearly viewing your computer monitor. Bright sunlight streaming through windows located directly behind or in front of your computer screen can create contrast problems, shadows and glaring. Adjust the amount and direction of outdoor light entering your home office by closing the blinds, shades or drapes to soften the natural illumination. You can also place your computer monitor parallel to the windows to prevent natural light from bouncing off your computer screen.
Tweak the Overhead Fixtures
Low-level and glare-free ambient lighting offers the best overhead illumination for working on your computer. Tone down excessive or intense ceiling lights by removing some of the light bulbs or fluorescent tubes from existing light fixtures, or opt for replacing high-wattage bulbs for low-level replacements. Indirect light fixtures that hang from the ceiling help to evenly distribute the illumination, as well as light diffusers like frosted globes. You can also install one or more rows of ceiling lights parallel to your computer screen's line-of-sight for sharper viewing.
Target the Task Lighting
Proper task lighting provides targeted illumination for paper documents and reading without decreasing the clarity of your screen images. Choose a low-glare, adjustable desk lamp, such as a bendable gooseneck lamp, that allows you to easily alter the light path. Place the desk lamp to the side of your computer screen to ensure the light shines on your working papers instead of the computer monitor. The foot candles, a measurement of light intensity, necessary for task lighting in a home office with an LCD monitor is up to 73 foot candles. You can multiply one foot candle by 10.76 to convert the lighting to the more commonly used lumens.
Adjust Your Computer Screen
Don't overlook your computer monitor's backlight when creating the best lighting design for doing computer work. By adjusting your computer screen's brightness display setting, you can help reduce possible eye strain or fatigue. Fine-tune the brightness of the display so it's equal to the illumination in your home office. For example, pull up a web page on your computer and look at the white background. If the white appears as if it is an actual light source, your backlight is too bright. On the other hand, if the background looks dull and gray, the display light is too dim.
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