It’s back to school time. If you’re a parent, this means shopping for school supplies like paper, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to add adjustable task lighting to the list. Yes, lighting. Good lighting improves attention span, accuracy and productivity. Here are three tips for illuminating your homework or study area.
Task Lighting 101
Task lighting is an important component of any study area. Task lighting is lighting that focuses on a specific area, making it easier to complete tasks such as reading, writing or viewing a computer screen. Good task lighting reduces eye strain and mental fatigue, and can increase task performance by 16 percent.
Desk and floor lamps are ideal sources of task lighting. Consider this adjustable George Kovacs table lamp with metal shade for the right amount lighting. The metal shade prevents glare while the pivoting head allows you to customize the direction of the light to where you need it most.
Effective task lighting depends on the placement of the lamp. Place the desk lamp on the opposite side of your dominant hand so the light sweeps across the study area without creating shadows.
Advanced General Lighting
General lighting, also known as ambient lighting, provides smooth and radiant illumination to any study area. Ambient lighting enhances your sense of well-being, which can increase your productivity and reduce your stress. It helps to estimate shape, proximity and depth of spaces and objects.
Ceiling lights such as flush mounts and recessed lighting are ideal sources of general lighting. Consider this modern Tech Lighting square flush mount, which can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall for ambient lighting.
Calculate the Wattage
Staying focused and on task requires the right amount of brightness. Use a 40 to 60-watt light bulb for tasks such as reading and writing. Use a 60-watt light bulb for tasks such as using a computer. Use a 60 to 80-watt light bulb for detail oriented tasks.
Avoid cool fluorescent bulbs that emit harsh lighting that can strain your eyes and make you feel tired. Opt for warm halogen bulbs that are close to natural daylight and place less strain on your eyes.
Three Ways Good Lighting Can Make You Feel Better About Studying
No one enjoys pulling an all-nighter, but here’s how good lighting can transform your last-minute cramming session into a more pleasant experience.
- Better Posture
We are all guilty of contorting into weird, uncomfortable positions just be closer to the computer screen. Bad lighting can cause eye strain, headaches and bad posture. Make sure you have plenty of task lighting and take regular breaks to stretch.
- Improved Mood
Poor lighting can transform any space into a cramped, depressing and stressful void. Who can study under those conditions, let alone remember anything they’ve read? Use ambient lighting and task lighting to create a calm and productive study area.
- Reduce Eye Strain
Good study lighting reduces eye strain, which can result in irritated, red and dry eyes. Eye fatigue is often associated with headaches and migraines. So before you reach for headache pain relief, adjust your lighting to see if it makes a difference.
Update your homework or study area with lighting that creates a calm learning environment. You will certainly notice a difference in focus, accuracy and production.