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Studying from home? How lighting can help productivity

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The way in which you light up a room has a major bearing on our emotions, as well as our productivity, according to a new report.

The research by Wren Kitchens has revealed that certain types of light fittings are key in getting our spaces right for working from home as we’re asked to stop our return to the office. 

Using a range of images with different lighting, the study questioned respondents on how different set ups can vary how people feel.

Spotlights shine for functionality and productivity

Nearly a third of people (31%) say that spotlights are the best lighting options for home working and studying. The brightness of the light keeps you alert and awake and allows you to concentrate on your work without becoming overly lethargic.

In a work from home environment it’s good to distinguish between work and rest, and 30 percent of respondents say warm lighting can help them de-stress. When work/studying hours are over, turn the spot lights off and switch to a warmer lighting so you’re well rested and relaxed, ready for the next working day.

Lighten the load with warm lighting options

A quarter of the UK says that the right lighting in their home can make a difference and improve their well being, with 30 percent of respondents saying it can help them de-stress.

The report revealed that warm lighting had an array of positive impacts on people’s emotions and feelings.

Almost half (48%) of respondents said that warm lighting improved their mood, while 50 percent said they felt calmer and 52 per cent said it made them feel happy. More than two thirds (70%) said that the lighting made them feel warm while 65 percent said it was cosy and relaxed.

Along with the positive sentiment brought on by the lighting choices, the set up was the favourite for entertaining and hosting dinner parties, with a third of people selecting this arrangement and 30 percent say it is the most welcoming.

Commenting on the findings, Darren Watts, Creative Director at Wren Kitchens, stated:

“Lighting is often overlooked during the design stage of kitchens, however it’s an important aspect to incorporate right from the beginning. Always consider where the room gets natural light when making decisions. Good lighting can take a kitchen from functional to fantastic, as clever placement can make your kitchen look bigger and fiddly food preparation easier by illuminating the workspace.

The first step is to work out where you want lighting to illuminate space where you really need it – such as spotlights above your hobs and counters. 

It’s then important to consider adding accent lighting for visual interest. This could be a statement ceiling light above your island or bold floor-lamps placed strategically around the room.”

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