If you’re looking into organising and setting up a room for your kids to study, there’s one important aspect you shouldn’t neglect – the lighting.

Adequate lights can be a major tipping point when efficiency, mood and energy are at stake.

When you’re building a learning nook, you certainly want it to be functional, comfortable and ridden of major distractions.

The suggestions below are aiming to accomplish a layered illumination system. Although you can select one or a few of the most appealing installations, they make a truly cohesive and constructive setting when combined.

Here are the suggestions:

Sunlight power-up

It’s good to begin with employment of natural light benefits. How is your desk oriented? If you’re blessed with a sun bathed window, it’s recommendable you move the desk close to it. Ideally the desk should be facing the sunny glass panel. Looking out the window brings more than a pretty view to enjoy. Natural light boosts our cognitive skills and processing speed.

Built-in and overhead illumination

The built-in types of lighting are more than often a devastating agent in the room. If you’re currently in a rented apartment during college you can hardly alter them in any way, and the light they deliver is generally aggressive and unadjusted. However, if you pair them with some other smart sources of light, the overhead installation could effectively fill up the dark corners the lamps can’t reach.

A target task-proof light is vital in prevention of eye pressure and focus attainment, and here are some of the examples that deliver it. Clip-on and smaller stationery fixtures are brilliant space savers and the best thing is you can now easily look online for table lamps that offer the style and low-key presence in one.

Ambience setup

An intelligently exploited ambience light aids us immensely in stress-packed situations. Sometimes it can be quite disheartening to find yourself at the end of the day accompanied by a sole desk light piece. Ambience illuminations wavelengths could instil a soothing atmosphere, releasing a warm glow for a veritable homely air.

Exploiting rope lights and similar light sources could help introduce a mellow glow that inconspicuously diffuses gentle luminous influx. The placement is naturally a crucial aspect, and deciding whether you should put it at a high or low position or at desk height depends on your studying needs.

Corrective lights

Cases of migraines and eye strain are the most frequent ailments that occur with working people and diligent students reading from computer for many hours a day. The careful manoeuvring of corrective lights by placing them behind a computer screen or monitor setup can reduce the strong glare the screen is emitting.

Quick tips for industrious students

  1. If you’re not in the position to move the studying station in the vicinity of a window, designate a time slot for outside walks and soak in as much of natural light as you can.
  2. If you’re dealing with fluorescent bulbs, we can understand your pain. This type of light is a massive inducer of monster migraines. My university library had one that ticked constantly, in addition to its annoying intermittent flickering. If you can get hold of the switch, make sure you turn it off throughout the daylight period. Also, attach some protective cover if possible.
  3. The so-called task light combined with ambience fixtures is the simplest way to customise a public studying spot. Place ambience light so it doesn’t interrupt the work of others.
  4. Some dorm rooms disallow space or equipment modifications (desk, lights), but a single LED strip can make a world of difference when attached at a convenient spot. Rotate your monitor to minimise the potential glare or construct a glare blocker.

Graduating may seem light years away now, but with these smart illumination tips, your offspring should get there quickly.

Do you have any other lighting tips to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Each of my kids nagged for a desk in their rooms. They each got a desk and I knew they would never use said desk. They said they would. They never used thier desks and would use the dining table instead.


  • This was indeed a surprising and interesting article, thank you so much, very worthwhile points to consider.


  • This isn’t something I’d thought about before, but I’ll definitely save it for later!


  • Never thought about this before. A good one to keep in mind!


  • Such great tips and very helpful for us


  • This seems to be aimed at older young people, but helpful anyway.


  • Thanks for the article and will look into these ideas. I do love as much natural light as possible in the home.


  • I would love as much natural light as possible, however that’s not possible. It doesn’t help when my son moves through different areas to study, dependent on his mood and space requirements. We have lamps, room lights, and windows that all work to provide the best lighting.


  • Great tips ! Good light is certainly important.


  • We had natural lighting via a skylight plus side windows for when my children were studying. These days I read there and don’t need to use my glasses YooHOO great way to read a good book!


  • Great lighting tips; natural light is so important and beneficial!.


  • You do not want to be facing the winow with sun glare coming through onto a shiny desk, paper or computer screen. Think of your child’s eyes.


  • My daughter uses our sunroom as her study area. It’s quiet and the natural light is great.

    • A sunroom is just a glorious place to be in.


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