Dorm Decor: Lighting Tips
For Better Study Sessions
Sometimes the library is packed with students, the weather isn't ideal for working outside, or you just don't feel like making the trip to your favorite study spot. In many cases, the dorm room is the premier place for getting your schoolwork done. It's a good idea to make sure the space is ready for such an important task. Everybody has their preferences for how to study, but if you're looking to optimize your experience, check out our dorm lighting tips for better study sessions.
Flexibility Is Freeing
If you're studying for several hours straight, you're not going to want to sit in the same spot the entire time. Small dorm rooms can make you feel claustrophobic if you're stuck inside too long. However, there are several different spots where you could spread out and work. After you get tired of hunching over the desk, move to the bed or the floor. It's always good to have a lighting option that can move to fit your needs. Dorm lighting won't cut it, so when picking out a desktop lamp or standing floor lamp, be sure that it bends and moves around easily to accommodate you.
Put A Stop To Shadows
It can be frustrating trying to study without the proper amount of light. Some students don't rely on their dorm room to get a ton of studying done, so when they're finally forced to use the space as a work area, the room's improper lighting becomes a problem. After the sun goes down, the bleak overhead light might not do the trick. The light beside your bed might only cast long shadows over your workspace. If possible, make sure the areas where you want to get work done have light that shines down onto your work rather than across the room, and try not to rely on the light from your laptop to brighten up the notes on your desk.
Easy On The Eyes
At first you might think the headache you got cramming for midterms was the result of trying to download too much information at once. Headaches and fatigue are just as regularly caused by eye strain. Such discomfort can be linked to the type of light you're using and how it is positioned. Lights that simulate daylight, such as halogen models, are great for studying, and better for your eyes than working under cooler sources, even LEDs. Nevertheless, it's important to make sure the light you surround your study space with is shaded. Even if you're not staring into the bulb, consistent exposure may cause discomfort over longer periods of time. A simple switch in lighting can improve your eye comfort as well as an ergonomic seat cushion soothes your back.
Even if you don't plan on doing any work in your dorm room, it's a good idea to have the space prepared just in case you need it. Make all the necessary arrangements for your study space with lamps, fixtures, electronics, and much more from The Lakeside Collection.