Before the advent of electricity - hence, overhead fixtures - task lighting existed in the form of the basic candle, or the oil or kerosene lamp. Indeed, it was a simpler time.
(Imagine chopping vegetables and reading recipes in the kitchen of your South Bay home, with just a couple of candles as your light source!)
Looking back, we might not think much of the decor or the style, but those crude forms of lighting helped get the job done - whether it was reading, writing, or working in the shop.
When it comes to task lighting, that is all we can ask for: lighting that will help us with a specific task.
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Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on the simple candle anymore. Though the world isn’t as simple as it used to be, we have more options now - and task lighting is no different.
We have recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting - not to mention portable floor and desk lamps. Then, there are the overhead fixtures that many households have developed a total reliance on.
An optimal approach for designing an energy-efficient and visually comfortable lighting installation is with effective integration between overhead and task lighting.
For now, let’s focus on task lighting.
With proper task lighting you can illuminate your workspace how you want to, when you want to; get rid of annoying glare on reflective surfaces that you will get from less focused lighting sources; and you experience less eye strain and increased productivity, by having more control over the lighting.
Here is what you should expect from your task lights:
- Should provide 50 to 100 foot candles to the workspace.
- The light should be well distributed over the work area and shadow-free.
- They should be adjustable; being able to direct the light is a must.
- The task lights should be designed in a way that prevents glare.
- Energy-efficiency. Efficacy of 29lm/W (lumens per watt) is the minimum to meet ENERGY STAR requirements for LED portable task lights.
While individual task lights come in different shapes and sizes, they all provide a common advantage: improved illumination of your workspace or task area.
Desk lamps, reading lamps, and the under-cabinet lights found in many cubicles are all considered task lighting.
Task lighting helps you create the healthy and convenient experience needed when focusing on a project.