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Shedding Light on Eye Strain: 10 Expert Tips to Perfect Your Home Office Lighting


You've just finished setting up your home office, but you must figure out why it just doesn't feel right. Your computer is there, your favorite pens and notebooks are ready to go, and your chair is comfortable enough. But something is off. That's when it hits you: the lighting! Lighting is the unsung hero of any workspace, and if it's not done right, it can cause a whole host of problems, from eye strain and headaches to long-term damage. 

But don't worry. We're here to help! In this article, we'll share 10 expert tips on home office lighting that will reduce eye strain and create a comfortable, productive, and stylish work environment you'll love spending time in.


1. Brighten Up Your Workspace with Natural Light

Natural Light is the best lighting for your home office. Not only does natural light help to reduce eye strain and headaches, but it's also great for your eyes. Imagine starting your day sitting at your home office desk, you flip on the switch to illuminate your workspace, but the glare of the overhead light is overly harsh and dazzling. It's time to ditch artificial light and opt for natural light instead.

If you want to improve your eye health and reduce your electricity bill, it's high time you scooted your desk closer to a window and let the sunshine in! Research has proven that natural light is critical to maintaining healthy eyes and can even enhance your vision. Even just three hours a day of basking in natural light can significantly improve your vision.


2. Shed Some Light on Your Work with an Adjustable Desk Lamp

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Desk lamps or task lights are among the most critical light sources to pay attention to. Picture this: you've been staring at your computer screen for hours, and your eyes feel strained and tired. It's time to give them a break with the help of an adjustable desk lamp. Not just any lamp, but look for a lamp that can be angled and tilted to ease eye strain. Ensure the light is directed towards your keyboard and paperwork rather than the computer screen to avoid distracting glare. 


3. Set the Mood with Ambient Light


While you may think that having your lights pointed directly at your workspace is the best way to keep the creative juices flowing, that’s really a common misconception. Excessive lighting can cause shadows and glare, making it harder to concentrate on your work. The solution? Illuminate your workspace with a soft and soothing glow by adding a low ambient light to the area around you. 


This type of light, also known as general lighting, is essential in any home office. Not only does it provide a warm and inviting atmosphere, but it also helps to reduce harsh shadows and glare that can cause eye strain and discomfort. It helps soften harsh light from your task light or computer screen, and protects your precious peepers from strain.

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4. Shedding Light on LED: Bright Idea for Your Workspace

Most LED lamps can provide more than 50,000 hours of lighting in general use, compared to 2,000 hours for traditional incandescent bulbs, which is a huge difference.

If we take the general household use situation, about eight hours of lighting a day, as long as it is properly operated, it can basically be said that a light will last forever.


5. Add Some Flair to Your Space with Accent and Decorative Lighting

Don't settle for a boring workspace, add some accent and decorative lighting to bring your home office to life! Not only will that add some personality to your space, but it can also help reduce eye strain. You can showcase your favorite art pieces or unique collections with accent lighting, creating a warm, inviting environment that inspires creativity.

And let's not forget about decorative lighting! It can remind you to take frequent eye breaks, a crucial step in reducing eye strain. Remember to follow the 20-20-20 rule and take a break every 20 minutes, gazing at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. With the right combination of accent and decorative lighting, you can create a stylish and healthy workspace for your eyes.


6. Shine Light on the Proper Positioning of Light Sources


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Proper positioning of your light sources is crucial in reducing eye strain. Ideally, place light sources at a 90-degree angle relative to your computer screen. This will help reduce glare and reflections that can cause eye strain. Additionally, consider positioning your light sources on either side of your workspace instead of directly in front or behind you. This will help create an even distribution of light, reducing harsh shadows that can cause eye strain.

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7. Finding the Perfect Color Temperature for Your Eyes

The color temperature of your light bulbs can also affect your eye strain. Lower color temperatures (between 2700K and 3000K) are warmer and more yellow-toned, while higher color temperatures (between 4000K and 6500K) are cooler and more blue-toned. Cooler color temperatures can be more stimulating, but they can also cause eye strain. On the other hand, warmer color temperatures can help create a relaxing atmosphere, but they may not be as effective in reducing eye strain. Consider using a combination of both types of bulbs to find the right balance for your workspace.


8. Filter Out Eye Strain with Blue Light Filters

Exposure to blue light can cause eye strain and headaches and disrupt sleep. Many devices, such as smartphones, computers, and televisions, emit blue light. Consider using a blue light filter to reduce the amount of blue light you're exposed to. You can purchase blue light filter glasses or install an app on your computer or smartphone to filter out blue light. These filters can help reduce eye strain and improve your sleep.


9. Brighten Specific Tasks with Task Lighting

Different tasks require different types of lighting. For example, reading requires brighter light than typing on a keyboard. To avoid eye strain, use task lighting to illuminate specific areas of your workspace where you're working. For example, use a desk lamp for reading and a floor lamp for ambient lighting. This will help reduce eye strain and help you stay focused.


10. Maximize Your Lighting with Reflective Surfaces

Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and white walls, can help maximize the lighting in your workspace. They reflect light and distribute it evenly, reducing the amount of glare and shadows. Additionally, if you have a window in your workspace, consider placing a mirror on the opposite wall to reflect natural light into your workspace. This can help reduce eye strain and improve your mood and productivity.


Final Thought

Congratulations, you've made it to the end of our illuminating journey! Now that you've learned about the importance of proper lighting and how to reduce eye strain in your home office, it's time to put that knowledge to use. 

By implementing these 10 lighting tips, you can transform your workspace into a bright and cozy environment that will help you stay focused and productive. Remember to customize your lighting to your unique needs, take frequent breaks, and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and well-lit workspace. So go ahead, let there be light!

The new BenQ ScreenBar and e-Reading Lamps have built-in sensors so with just a tap they adjust brightness throughout the day to deliver 500 lux to your desk. They also include additional features that allow you to alternate between warm and cool light, which can help you work and experiment with different color temperatures.

What do you think about our eye-care lighting? You should really see it for yourself!

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e-Reading Intelligent

BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp with swing arm lights up your entire desk (150% wider than traditinal lamps), detects ambient brightness and dynamically adjusts to the brightness level for your eye comfort. With optional accessories, you can adapt the lamp for a floor reading lamp or a clamp desk lamp.

Genie Intelligent

BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp Genie lights up your entire desk (150% wider than traditinal lamps), detects ambient brightness and dynamically adjusts to the brightness level for your eye comfort. Suitable for office, studying and bedside reading.

ScreenBar Halo

Fitting most monitors, BenQ ScreenBar Halo is a LED monitor light with an asymmetric optical design and backlight that illuminates the workspace; what's more, the wireless controller saves valuable space and allows you to adjust brightness and color temperature.


BenQ ScreenBar is a LED monitor light equips with automatic dimmer and asymmetric optical design to illuminates the working space, increase focus and eye-comfort.

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