5 Tips to get light right for reading

Autumn has arrived with a colourful flourish and it seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about one of the perks of the season... curling up with a good book. Whether reading a paperback, e-reader or tablet, here are our tips to get the right reading light and reading environment:

Increase task lighting in your home - i.e. the artificial light that provides illuminance for activities, such as reading. Most households are 'significantly under-lit' says Graham Strong from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry. This can cause your eyes to tire much quicker.

As many books are now switching from paper to digital it’s important to remember that the lighting of the area you’re reading in should be as bright or brighter than your digital device's screen.

For reading, light should be positioned to shine directly onto the page and not over your shoulder to avoid any glare. Position your reading light on your left side if you are right handed (and vice-versa if you are left handed).

We recommend warm white or yellow LEDs for recreational reading as they are less harsh on the eyes and minimise eyestrain. White bulbs are better for study because it stimulates the release of compounds in our bodies that make us more attentive.

Lastly, check that the height of your lamp is just right by sitting on the sofa or chair next to the lamp. The bottom of the lamp shade should be the same level as your eyes, not higher.

If your lighting isn’t providing the level or type of light you need where and when you need it, talk to us… because there’s more to light


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