In the days of old, a fine work desk -- known in the contemporary as a workstation or terminal -- was a mixture of woods and rustic elements, a few items of sentimental value and one or several oversized lighting fixtures. In stark contrast: welcome to the modern times.
A new kind of personal creative space has been prancing the workplace: the modern workstation -- better known to computer gamers as a battle station, or programmers as a terminal -- and with it, some freedom to insert one’s own creative tastes in order to assist with the creation of better work. Explore energy-efficient but aesthetically brilliant light fixtures that can light spaces and create the scene needed for one’s optimal productivity.
While the arrangement and requirements of a workstation vary from person-to-person, most elegant and modern workstations in New York City make some use of minimalism -- or better yet, a lack of clutter, even during crunch times.
But of course, a workstation is not only form and but function, and if you can’t see anything you’re working on, then the whole concept is lost.
How to Choose an Office Desk Lamp for Your Workstation
Quality – Make sure you opt for an office table lamp that is designed and manufactured by a designer or company that is known for their lighting products. Another aspect to look at in your chosen table lamp is the lumens output. Ideally, you would want a lamp that isn’t too dim, nor too bright. The intensity of the light emitted should be just enough for your desk work.
Directional lighting – When it comes to table lamps for work, it is important that you pick one that offers focused lighting, allowing you to concentrate on a large-yet-specific area of the desk. Most contemporary LED desk lamps provide directional lighting; however, it is best to be sure before you make a purchase.
Adjustability – One of the most ignored facets of a desk lamp is its ability to be flexible. Depending on the size of your workstation and room, the lamp that you choose should be adjustable enough to serve your needs. Look for features like an adjustable head, hinged arm and dimmability.
Glare – Monitors, laptops, tablets and mobile screens are important parts of the modern office desk. It is vital that the light your office table lamp emits does not interfere with the light cast by these screens and monitors.
Switch – It also helps to have an ON/OFF switch that is handy and convenient to use. Ultramodern office table lamps are equipped with SoftTouchTM Technology, which makes it easy for the user to operate the fixture.
Modern Office Desk Lighting Ideas
FLOS has partnered with many designers from all over the world to produce timeless desk lighting that looks great in many settings. Antonio Citterio’s Kelvin LED lamp and Philippe Starck’s D’E-LIGHT blend beautiful design with current technology.
The Kelvin LED lamp, designed by Citterio suits a variety of spaces and needs. A hefty base but a very flexible frame means that it can be adjusted to fit a variety of angles or desk spaces, but also takes influences from the times we live in -- one of energy awareness. Equipped with a motion sensor to switch between different light intensities as well as a daylight sensor that automatically adjusts for effective lighting.
What is most appealing about the Kelvin is that, it comes in colors that should satisfy most: anthracite (my favorite), chrome, glossy black and white finishes.
If stark minimalism isn’t your style, FLOS offers desk lamps that suit other preferences. Philippe Starck’s D’E-LIGHT is a great option for the workstation.
Though its presence from afar is subtle, being up-close on a desk reveals it’s a lamp of true modern technology, merged with aesthetics from the 80’s. An analogy: the Kelvin is to the established professional as the D’E-LIGHT table lamp is to the intern. It offers LED light as well, but comes with an adaptable charging port for Lighting, micro-USB and legacy Apple connectors. Working and keeping your devices ready for the next assignment is a smart move by any means, and Starck’s design allows for the freedom of more space on your desk, by being conservatives yet progressive.
Some notes for those looking to fit either contemporary LED lamp in their setup: the Kelvin is suited for larger, more collaborative work spaces or offices. The D’E-LIGHT is better suited for smaller, more cubicle-like setups, due to its small size, while also being the more economical of the two.
Both are stylistic options for a modern workstation and are available either in-store or online at FLOS.