Home Office Lighting
Video Conferencing & Zoom Lighting
Lighting for Working Remote
Home office lighting is the key to putting your best foot forward during video conferences and calls. When working remotely, the lighting in your home office helps present a professional, polished image to your peers, clients, and customers. The right lighting will help you avoid common video call lighting mistakes, like too much backlighting, a washed out appearance, and camera glare. In the same way that the right suit boosts confidence in the office, well-designed home office lighting sets you up for success while working from home.
But quality home office lighting isn’t just important for how others see you—it’s also an important factor for productivity, work satisfaction, and quality of life. Lighting has the power to affect how we feel. Cooler toned lights mimic the sun and keep us awake. Warm, soft lamps let us relax and unwind. While traditional fluorescent office lighting can cause headaches and eye strain, at home you have the opportunity to tailor your lights for your comfort. In a home office, striking the right balance with your lighting keeps you attentive and comfortable. A mix of overhead, task, and natural ambient light creates a space that works for you. Enhance your work-from-home experience with LED lighting from TCP.
Lighting for Your Home Office
A variety of home office light fixtures and bulbs makes for a balanced, productive workspace. TCP offers a broad assortment of home office lighting, including desk lamps, LED A19 bulbs, flush mount ceiling lights, and more. Browse our selection below, then find TCP bulbs from a retailer near you.
Home Office Lighting
Overhead lighting gives an even wash of light throughout the room. Since this light spreads so widely, it affects everything in a space: paint color, furniture finishes, and even the appearance of other light and light fixtures. It’s also the best home office lighting for computer work, since you’re already receiving light from a screen.
Task lighting, like desk lamps and reading lights, provide light for a specific purpose. They direct focused light where you need it, like your desktop for writing, or toward an armchair for reading. Task lighting fixtures are available in many different styles, so choose one that suits your style to feel at home in your office.
Natural Ambient Lighting
Natural light is a valuable asset to any room. Natural sunlight is what sets our circadian rhythms and tells our brains it’s time to be awake, which is perfect for staying focused at work. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows in your home office, take advantage of them by leaving the curtains or blinds open while you work. If your home office doesn’t get much natural light, enhance what you have with strategically placed mirrors to brighten your space. No windows? Look into sunlight-mimicking LEDs to reap the benefits of natural sunlight while you work.
Enjoy custom home office lighting with dimmable LED lights. Every day at work is different, so install lighting that can keep up with changes. Dimmable lights make it easy to change the mood in your home office depending on your mood, the time of day, or the task at hand. Full brightness is great for focus and alertness, but dimming the lights can also help you get into the flow of the workday.
Lighting for Video Conferencing
Lighting is the most challenging part of setting up your home office for video conferencing. Once you have your webcam arranged, your backdrop organized, and your computer settings optimized, use these tips to set up the best lighting for video conferencing.
Don’t Sit With Your Back to a Window
While it’s true natural light is great for your home office setup, sitting with your back to a window can turn you into a faceless silhouette when it’s time to video conference. Instead, situate your desk so it’s at an angle to the window so your face is lit up by the natural light.
Do Use Lamps to Fill in Gaps
The amount of light your office receives likely varies from day to day. For windowless home offices or cloudy days, using an LED desk lamp helps you make up for lost light. Since LED lights can be dimmed and adjusted, you can add a little or a lot of light depending on your needs. But be careful—pointing a lamp directly at your face can cause harsh shadows and become uncomfortable quickly. Instead, bounce the task light off of a nearby wall to diffuse the light so it creates a pleasant, bright glow.
Don’t Mix Light Sources
When choosing how to light your face for video calls, stick to natural light or lamp light, but not both. Mixing the two can create an unnatural, muddled effect. This doesn’t mean you have to block out the windows in your office, though. If you’d rather use a lamp, move your desk away from the window, or close the curtains or blinds when it’s time to video call.
Do Put Lighting at Eye Level
The best lighting for Zoom calls is lighting that makes video calls feel more like in-person meetings. You can do this by placing your lights at eye level to define your eyes and come alive on video. Highlighting your eyes this way helps your expressions will come through more clearly, which makes discussions feel personal and direct.