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Illuminating Ideas for Office Lighting Upgrades

June 24, 2019 | by
Reviewed by real estate expert Michael Colacino

Our office recently upgrade all of the harsh cool fluorescent lightbulbs to softer, warmer ones, and everyone was amazed by the immediate effect brought about by the change in lighting.

The transformation was instant: the entire space felt warmer, and everyone’s eyes felt less strained while staring at their computer screens. Adequate lighting that mimics natural light impacts employee productivity and mood, and makes a space feel more inviting.

Whether merely for decor purposes or for function, these lighting tricks will seriously improve your space.

The Desk Lamp

Flute by Herman Miller

Want to upgrade your office and help out the environment? Invest in a desk lamp. They reduce headaches, glare, and high power bills. Plus, task lighting provides all the light you need for reading, writing, and working on a computer.

Desk lamps come in all shapes and sizes, and are an easy way to spruce up any workspace. We love the Flute by Herman Miller. It’s manufactured from 37% recycled material and consumes 30 to 50+% less energy than traditional task lights, so it leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Not to mention, a small footprint on your desk!

The Pendant Light

Pendant lights instantly add that unique industrial feel to any space. These elegant suspended lights provide a stylish touch with soft illumination, and are perfect for hanging above office common areas.

Interested in adding some pendant lights to your space? We recommend the Firefly Pendant Light from CB2: the industrial modern chandelier suspends five glass globes from a black iron canopy.

Lightbulbs for these lights can be harder to find, and regular ones can get super hot when left on for a while. Swap them out with LED Edison Bulbs to save on those power bills.

The Floor Lamp

Can’t quite figure out what to put in that awkward corner of your office next to the couch? Why not try a floor lamp! Just like desk lamps, floor lamps also come in all different shapes and sizes.

They can range in function: some provide accent lighting (sometimes called a Torchiere), while others provide task lighting that prevents eyestrain, such as the classic reading lamp. Figure out which function you need to determine the right floor lamp for you.

Our picks: the Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp from West Elm and the Jackson Dark Brown Floor Lamp from Crate and Barrel.

Willing to shell out a bit more dough? These next two options are on the costlier side, but are well worth it if you’re looking to revamp your work environment.

The Suspension Lamp

Dyson’s Cu-Beam Duo Suspension Lamp

Redoing the lighting in your conference rooms? Look no further than the radical new Dyson Cu-Beam Duo suspension lamp.

Most office spaces have a surplus of light, and are far brighter than they need to be. The Cu-Beam Duo solves this by offering the ability to change the light distribution: you can adjust the output ratio between the upward light and the downward-facing task light throughout the day.

The Smart Light

Squarespace office | Ketra acts as the primary source of lighting and as master control of the space.

If you’re looking into upgrading your entire office, take a look at the lighting from Ketra.

Ketra’s Natural Light shifts in color and intensity throughout the day, giving cues that inform our sleep and wake patterns, allowing us to live healthier, more productive lives. It gradually eliminates blue content in your lighting as the day draws to a close and delivers beautiful, warm light in the evening.

It has made dynamic light accessible in any environment with a flexible, fully integrated lighting and controls solution.


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