Lighting is a key component of ergonomics that often gets overlooked. Proper lighting is crucial to how we work – it can affect your vision, mood, productivity, and how you perceive color. Did you know that reading paper documents requires 4-5 times the amount of light compared to reading documents on a monitor? If you do both, consider using a task light while reading paper documents to help reduce eye strain.
Simply adding a task light can have a considerable impact on workplace comfort. Research shows that employees who are able to control the illumination in their workspace report improved mood, visual comfort, and job satisfaction. This may also help maintain eye health.
Desktop or task lighting is available in a variety of styles, so how do you choose?
- Adjustable: The location and angle of the light source, as well as their intensity levels, should be fully adjustable.
- Directional: The light should have a hood or filter to direct or diffuse the light.
- Positionable: The base should be large enough to allow a range of positions or extensions.