How to Buy Ceiling Lights for Your Home Office

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How to Buy Ceiling Lights for Your Home Office

With more people working from their own residence than ever before, not only do they have to dedicate a room in the home as a place where they can complete their tasks, but they have to ensure that that room fulfils the functions of a traditional office. And that applies as much to the lighting as it does to the furnishings. If the room is too much like part of the rest of the home, concentration is going to be difficult to come by. When the person enters the room to work, closes the door behind them, and turns on the lights, the room has to shout the word “office”. When that is the case, work can be turned around in the quantity and with the quality to be expected. However, achieving such a nirvana-like office state isn’t straight forward. It has to be thought about, planned, and worked at. No matter what furnishings are chosen, the ceiling lights that are chosen for the room are a vital piece of this home office jigsaw, and in order to get that particular piece to fit, several factors have to be taken into consideration.

Position of the office in the home

The type of ceiling lights that are required will very much depend upon how much natural light enters the room. That, in turn, depends on the number of windows and the position of the office within the home building. If the office is on a side of the house that doesn’t get much sun, it won’t be as well lit as a room that does. Furthermore, curtains or blinds will be drawn or pulled earlier than would otherwise be the case in order to preserve the heat within the room. That will be a particular problem during the winter, when the daylight hours are short enough as it is. Obviously, the problem isn’t as acute during the other seasons, but it is, nonetheless, an important consideration.

Office size

When considering the size of the office, the ceiling height is just as relevant as the floor area. A large room may require lights that make it appear a little smaller and cosier, while a very small room will probably require a feeling of enlargement. The ceiling height also dictates what kind of light fittings can be utilised. If the ceilings are high, hanging lights can be used, but if the ceilings are low, it may be best to stick with ones that can be recessed or fitted flush to avoid the appearance of cramping, as well as the possibility of a tall person banging his or her head.

Office decoration

If the office is already decorated, lights must be chosen that give a sympathetic nod to the existing decor. On the other hand, if the office is to be redecorated from scratch, the choice of fittings is a lot wider with regard to style, colour, and material.

Other lighting

In addition to ceiling lights, most offices will have other forms of lighting such as wall lights, desk and table lamps, and possibly one or two free-standing floor lamps. The secret is to blend the ceiling lights with the others in order to meet with the needs. Wall lights can always be removed, as can desk lamps etc., although it may be useful to keep some lamps for when certain types of work are required, such as sitting in an armchair and reading a document. The permutations are endless, but as the ceiling lights would be likely to cause the greatest upheaval if they were to be changed, take care in choosing something that not only suits the room’s decor, but also fulfils all the practical requirements.

Working timetable

When is the office likely to be used? If it’s just for a couple of hours during the day, the requirements are going to be vastly different to those of an office which is used during the hours of darkness only, or one that is used from the time the sun comes up until it’s time to go to bed.

Required atmosphere

How should the office feel? Everyone will have a different idea about this, but whatever lighting is chosen, it should reflect the personality of the person using it, and create an atmosphere that is suitable for work and pleasant to spend time in.

Who uses the office?

This depends upon the members of the family and what their requirements are. On one hand, the office may be for the sole use of the one who works from home, while on the other hand, it could be an office where the adults deal with household matters and the children do their homework. Once the decision has been made, it’ll be a lot easier to decide on the type and style of ceiling lights.

Health aspects

If the overhead lighting in the home office is wrong, eyestrain and headaches might be suffered. This is particularly pertinent when considering the placement of ceiling lights in relation to computer screens, as a badly directed light can cause a lot of reflected glare.


Just because the office is primarily a place to work doesn’t mean that it should lack comfort. If the room isn’t inviting, it won’t produce good work results, as the person who uses it won’t want to be there. To that end, one or two discreet spotlights can be directed from their position on the ceiling to pick out and highlight personal objects on surfaces, or framed certificates hanging on walls so that when the worker looks up from their work, they’ll still feel connected to the outside world.

Number and position of lights

Don’t feel restricted by the current number or positioning of ceiling lights in the room; they can be moved. Admittedly, it may involve employing a qualified electrician, followed by a bit of decorating, but that’s a small price to pay to achieve the required lighting effect. Place the lights wherever they’re needed to achieve the desired effect and think of the long-term benefits.


The perfect ambience of a home office can be difficult to achieve because, although it needs to be conducive to work, it also has to be inviting. While many different facets of a room contribute to its overall feel, the lighting can make or break it, particularly the lights that shine down from the ceiling. Many people pay little or no attention to lighting and create rooms that are unpleasant to be in. However, with a little thought and planning, it’s equally possible to buy and install ceiling lights that not only enhance the character of the room, but also turn it into a comfortable “den” where good work can be done. Pay close attention to the ten factors that influence the selection of ceiling lights and the task will seem easier, as choices are automatically narrowed and realistic options become clearer. It’s worth making the effort and taking the time, as the results will give lasting satisfaction over the forthcoming years.

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