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Podcast lighting help for new home office trainers

posted 21-3-2020 @ 02:35 PM www
Podcast lighting help for new home office trainers

Hi, I don't know if anyone can help, my daughter is working from home, she's a sales team manager and needs to train & support her team from home ... there's a growing group of people in the same position, forming an online support group ... the problem they are having is ... most of them are working in rooms with LED downlights, the high glare on their faces is distracting and they need to find some lighting solutions, with what they have in the home or can buy online locally ... hoping some-one here can help, they'd be very grateful xx
Galah88
posted 21-3-2020 @ 03:32 PM www


LED downlights give me a severe headache so I never use them, except for about 10 seconds to find my lamp switch. If your daughter goes to Bunnings or Big W or Target (or sometimes even big Coles or Woolworths have them) she should be able to pick up a small desk lamp with a flexible arm that you can easily manoeuvre the angle of the light. If you are lucky and find one on special at the end of the aisle in Bunnings you might get one for $10 but they usually sell for around $20-$25 for a basic black or white one and go upwards in price from there.

I turn the lamp glow up towards the ceiling in the corner of the room and it creates a more soft glow so easier on the eyes and without the glare on the face. You just change the angle of the desk lamp closer to you to make your face more well lit, if that is required, but you won't get the glare unless it is too close to the face. Then when I wish to photograph receipts on my IPad I turn the angle of the lamp directly over my receipt so my photo is clear if I have got a faded receipt. Usually when the lamp is directed to the ceiling the glow amply lights the whole room to photograph most comp receipts if that gives you a concept of the level of the lighting. I carry 2 desk lamps with me housesitting (CV is stopping the housesitting so I am urgently looking for a place to bunker) and then I never have to worry about climbing on ladders to change LED lights on cathedral or 12foot ceilings! I use a desk lamp in the kitchen and another in the loungeroom if the rooms are separate. Just change the wattage of the globe to suit. Or put different wattage globes in 2 desk lamps and swap them from room to room for the best lighting for the task of supporting staff. I watch a lot of health education seminars online and most of the time they seem to have lamps for lighting whilst conducting the interviews so it is a proven method for online educators to use to create soft glow on the face.

That would be an easier, more economical way for the whole team to work more efficiently from home I think. Spotlight and Lincraft have great free standing sewing lamps with flexible arms and the are brilliant because again you can angle the arm to all directions to make the light soft or glare as you need it for the task required. They also have magnifying glasses for craft work and are usually from $120+

Another soft light option I have used is battery operated lamps which look like a mushroom shape from Bunnings....in Queensland in storm season everyone needs battery operated lamps in case there is a cyclone and again I found them brilliant for the bargain price of $1 at the end of an aisle when they did stocktake.

If there is a standard reading lamp available but the lamp shade still makes it too glarey (one housesit had beads for the lamp shade so it was way too glarey) so I wrapped a plain colour teatowel/plain pillowcase around the edge of the lampshade at the top and used bulldog clips (can use clothes pegs also) to attach the material. Warning do not leave material attached and lamp on and leave room in case it catches fire.

Another option that might already be in the house/car is a Dolphin torch. Put the torch on the desk and face the light to the ceiling. If the glow on the face is too much get a kitchen tray/baking tray/large rectangle shape book) and turn it on it's side with a pile of small books or magazine holder to keep it balanced) next to the torch to soften the light away from the face directly.

After fulltime housesitting for many years I have had to come up with all sorts of options to adapt homes for my needs so if you are stuck on other home office issues just ask! Make sure your daughter/staff wriggle toes/feet up and down every 15 minute to reduce DVT risk with less movement in home office happening. The Post Office was selling little desk tops that were on a flexible arm to put on the normal desk and turn it into a standing desk which would also be good for home office ergonomics during meetings...they were around $40-$50 ;););););)
posted 21-3-2020 @ 04:19 PM www


Quote: Originally posted by Galah88  
LED downlights give me a severe headache so I never use them, except for about 10 seconds to find my lamp switch. If your daughter goes to Bunnings or Big W or Target (or sometimes even big Coles or Woolworths have them) she should be able to pick up a small desk lamp with a flexible arm that you can easily manoeuvre the angle of the light. If you are lucky and find one on special at the end of the aisle in Bunnings you might get one for $10 but they usually sell for around $20-$25 for a basic black or white one and go upwards in price from there.

I turn the lamp glow up towards the ceiling in the corner of the room and it creates a more soft glow so easier on the eyes and without the glare on the face. You just change the angle of the desk lamp closer to you to make your face more well lit, if that is required, but you won't get the glare unless it is too close to the face. Then when I wish to photograph receipts on my IPad I turn the angle of the lamp directly over my receipt so my photo is clear if I have got a faded receipt. Usually when the lamp is directed to the ceiling the glow amply lights the whole room to photograph most comp receipts if that gives you a concept of the level of the lighting. I carry 2 desk lamps with me housesitting (CV is stopping the housesitting so I am urgently looking for a place to bunker) and then I never have to worry about climbing on ladders to change LED lights on cathedral or 12foot ceilings! I use a desk lamp in the kitchen and another in the loungeroom if the rooms are separate. Just change the wattage of the globe to suit. Or put different wattage globes in 2 desk lamps and swap them from room to room for the best lighting for the task of supporting staff. I watch a lot of health education seminars online and most of the time they seem to have lamps for lighting whilst conducting the interviews so it is a proven method for online educators to use to create soft glow on the face.

That would be an easier, more economical way for the whole team to work more efficiently from home I think. Spotlight and Lincraft have great free standing sewing lamps with flexible arms and the are brilliant because again you can angle the arm to all directions to make the light soft or glare as you need it for the task required. They also have magnifying glasses for craft work and are usually from $120+

Another soft light option I have used is battery operated lamps which look like a mushroom shape from Bunnings....in Queensland in storm season everyone needs battery operated lamps in case there is a cyclone and again I found them brilliant for the bargain price of $1 at the end of an aisle when they did stocktake.

If there is a standard reading lamp available but the lamp shade still makes it too glarey (one housesit had beads for the lamp shade so it was way too glarey) so I wrapped a plain colour teatowel/plain pillowcase around the edge of the lampshade at the top and used bulldog clips (can use clothes pegs also) to attach the material. Warning do not leave material attached and lamp on and leave room in case it catches fire.

Another option that might already be in the house/car is a Dolphin torch. Put the torch on the desk and face the light to the ceiling. If the glow on the face is too much get a kitchen tray/baking tray/large rectangle shape book) and turn it on it's side with a pile of small books or magazine holder to keep it balanced) next to the torch to soften the light away from the face directly.

After fulltime housesitting for many years I have had to come up with all sorts of options to adapt homes for my needs so if you are stuck on other home office issues just ask! Make sure your daughter/staff wriggle toes/feet up and down every 15 minute to reduce DVT risk with less movement in home office happening. The Post Office was selling little desk tops that were on a flexible arm to put on the normal desk and turn it into a standing desk which would also be good for home office ergonomics during meetings...they were around $40-$50 ;););););)
Thanks so much, I'm passing this on to the teams & I'm sure they'll be able to find a solution now, if not I'll be back :lol::lol::lol:
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