The importance of having a good task light on your desk cannot be stressed enough. Working on your computer, documents or drawings places a lot of strain on the eyes.
With such a huge variety of task lights to choose from it can be quite difficult to choose the right one for your desk. When out shopping you will find many designs and shapes that will match the décor of your office perfectly, but there is one type of light bulb that has become the number one choice for many reasons – the LED.
LED lighting technology has allowed manufacturers of LED task lights to take full advantage of their size and energy efficiency to create stylish lamps. These offer a great quality of light that other light bulbs cannot surpass.
Who needs LED Task Lights?
People, who work at a desk or sit in a chair to perform various fine tasks all need LED task lights. These tasks include writing, reading, sewing and any other fine tasks for arts and crafts. Even rooms that are well lit from above or have sunlight do not always have enough light for most tasks.
Task lights are usually portable and can be placed on a desk, table or another work surface near where you are working. They can be aimed at the surface that needs to be lit up as you work and you have total control over their position.All age groups need to use a LED task light, but the older we are the more we need to light up the surface where we work. As our eyes age, they are also more sensitive to glare and there are some excellent LED task lights on the market which allow for all these adjustments to our eyes and have over 100 FC of light output, a matte glass diffuser, and a reflector to reduce glare and scatter light.
The recommended wattage of a LED task light per age is:
5-12 years – 3-5 watts
13-24 years – <5 watts
25 – 55 years – 5-10 watts
50 – 75 year 5-10 watts
Reading in bed for all ages – 3 watts
LED task lighting often come with features that allow for you to control the size of the beam and these are great if you don’t want to disturb you partner while reading in bed.
LED task lights almost always have adjustable arms so that you can take the light exactly where it is needed.
What is the correct position for the LED task light?
Generally, it is above your head and out of your eyes, but be careful of glare if your desk has a glass top. In order to prevent reflection on a glass surface, position the LED task light at a 30° angle.
What is color temperature?
Measured in kelvin, it describes the warmth (amber hue) or coolness (blue hue) that our eyes see in white light. 2200 – 2700K is very warm white, 2700K – 3000K is warm white, 3500K is neutral, 4100K – 5500K is considered cool white, and the equivalent of daylight is 5600K – 6500K. LED lamps for task lights that have a cooler color temperature are more efficient and there is a 10% increase in light output for every 300K increase in color temperature.
Depending on the jobs you perform with your LED task light then you can choose the color temperature of your LEDs accordingly. Warm color temperatures are soothing and create a lovely ambiance, while cooler color stimulates the thought process and increases productivity.
CRI describes the effect of a light source on the color appearance of what they are illuminating. CRI 100 is the maximum and is equivalent to daylight. If a light source has a low CRI it’s not very desirable and has a negative effect on most people. LED lamps have the ideal CRI of at least 80.
Are LED task lights the best?
LED task lights are one of the best light sources available today. The reasons are:
- They don’t heat up like the older halogen and candescent bulbs do.
- They only use a fraction of the electricity making them economical.
- LED lamps burn for 50,000 hours.
- The diodes that the LEDs are made up of allow the design of small, sleek and modern LED task lights that will still cover all your lighting needs.
- LED task lights can have dimming options.