If you work in a standard commercial office, you've most likely gotten used to the "lovely" overhead fluorescent lighting. Personally, I can't think of a lighting source I hate more! Ick!
It's probably one of the most common workspace lighting sources, followed by natural lighting from any windows in the office if you're lucky. But there is actually a whole slew of lighting levels that you can integrate into your space so you're not as dependent on fluorescents or sunshine. And here we go…
Aptly named, Task Lighting comes from your desk lamp. These are the lights you use to highlight your desk area and help you accomplish all of your tasks! Get it?
There are a few different types of task lighting such as gooseneck, balance arm and the Pixar-style adjustable. I've also been seeing a lot of Mid-Century bankers lamps and modern LED lamps on desks these days. The lamps don't always have to be sitting on the desk either: they can be attached to the wall over the desk and still count as task lighting since they're specifically illuminating the workspace. Task lighting is a brilliant way to keep your eyes from straining in low lighting, and it's a great companion to natural lighting.
Like task lighting, accent lighting has a specific purpose: to highlight certain objects or areas of the room. You can see accent lighting in museums and art galleries, always throwing light on the art work and displays. Accent lighting can also be used as an accent piece, like having a huge chandelier or interesting lamp design like this Campfire Big Lamp.
Usually, these lighting sources are more for fashion than function. Either method of accent lighting can be a great addition to your workspace. You can use accent lighting to brighten up your lobby's wall decor or illuminate your company motto or logo. And you can also have interesting lamps and lighting to give your space some personality.
As mentioned before, one of the most common office lighting sources is overhead fluorescent lighting. While a little boring, it does light the entire space effectively. If you're looking to create the same effect but what something more interesting, stick to Overall Lighting solutions. This typically means a lot of lighting that is capable of casting enough light on the entire room. I really love seeing bold, interesting overall lighting in work spaces since it adds both fashion and function.
Do you integrate all layers of lighting in your space?