Whether you're in an office setting or, as is the case for most of us right now, working from home, having the right lighting is key to having a productive working environment.
Benefits of the right lighting:
A study by the American Society Of Interior Design indicated 68% of employees complain about the lighting in their office, with the most common scenario stating that lights are either too dim or too harsh. The workers complain about fatigue, lack of motivation, and migraines.
Having the right lighting in the workplace has been proven to reduce eye strain and headaches, increase productivity and posture and improve daily quality of life!
The danger of dim light:
Dim and fluorescent light can cause eye strain and headaches because our eyes are forced to work harder to see.
Dim light can also heavily impact our ability to retain information while trying to work. Michigan State University researchers have found that spending too much time working in a dimly lit room may actually change the brain’s structure and harm memory and learning abilities.
The researchers studied the brains of Nile grass rats after exposing them to dim and bright light for four weeks. The rodents exposed to dim light lost about 30 percent of capacity in the hippocampus, a critical brain region for learning and memory, and performed poorly on a spatial task they had trained on previously.
The danger of LED light:
LED lamps tend to flicker intermittently. This in turn causes the eye to constantly readjust to the change in the intensity of light. Being exposed to artificial lighting for extended periods of time while trying to focus can lead to migraines and eye strain.
Most home office environments are set up with fluorescent and LED lights, which also give off blue light. Blue light occurs naturally and is responsible for boosting our attention and mood, however, the harmful blue light found in LED lighting is known to disrupt our sleep cycles, making us tired and unfocused when it's time to focus on our daily responsibilities. In addition to this, harmful blue light is known to cause Macular Degeneration and Cataracts, headaches, diminished concentration, behavioral and anxiety issues and Computer Vision Syndrome.
It's no secret that lighting plays a crucial role in our ability to learn and retain information and must be treated with importance. Dr. Lite is committed to the best lighting options for your home office! Our glare-free and flicker-free lamps reduce eye-strain by 80% and protect your eyes from harmful blue light that exist in most LED task lamps.
Bonus work-from-home productivity tips:
As we all settle into our new normal and get comfortable in our home offices, let's be sure not to become a victim to distractions and let our productivity suffer.
Here are a few bonus tips on how you can stay productive once you've upgraded your lighting!
Separate your relax and work spaces!
Have you ever tried to work from your couch or bed and found yourself dozing off or focusing more on the TV in the background than the work in front of you? That's because we are creatures of habit, which makes it easy to get distracted in the areas we are used to having fun or unwinding after a long day. Have a clear spot designated for getting work done to optimize your daily performance.
Stretch your legs!
Research shows that sitting is the new smoking and is one of the biggest current threats to our health and our productivity. Taking short active breaks every 30 minutes leads to an overall healthy lifestyle while immediately decreasing signs of fatigue and improving our mood so make sure you set aside time to get your blood flowing!
Keep your desk (and your mind) clear! It's hard to stay distracted when we're surrounded by a mess. Clutter makes us stressed and distracted, so putting in the time and effort to organize our workspace is a no brainer.
Have a motivation board!
Set up a motivation board above your desk that keeps you excited and determined. We become more intentional with our work when we are surrounded by inspirational quotes and photos that remind us of our dreams and why we do what we do!