Whether you’re reading a book, browsing through your phone or using your PC, the right lighting is needed for a comfortable reading experience. But what are the best ways to improve eye comfort? Here are some lighting tips to help you out:
Choosing the Right Kind of Light
Most experts agree that halogen and fluorescent bulbs are much better lights for reading compared to incandescent bulbs. But between halogen and fluorescent bulbs, halogen produces a whiter light that’s sharper so you get better illumination in your reading environment. Fluorescent lights are still a good choice, but a common complaint is that they may sometimes give off a greenish-blue light. But despite this, they do last almost 20 times longer and have a wider range of options compared to halogen bulbs, so what you choose is still up to your preference!
Consider Task Lighting
Another tip our eye doctors recommend is to add task lighting that offers ample, focused illumination for your reading/studying sessions. One of the best options for reading is a 100-watt lamp, but as for the form and design, select one that suits your needs best. It can be table lamps, low-hanging pendants or even bedside table lamps.
Adjust Your Digital Screen
Even with the right type of lighting installed, the comfort you experience while reading an e-book or browsing through a tablet depends on your digital screen. One essential tip to keep in mind is that the lighting of your reading environment should be as bright as your digital device or brighter. Also, you should avoid reading from digital screens in a dark room as this can cause more eye discomfort. This also leads to disorientation because you’re forcing your eyes to constantly adjust between the brightness of the screen and the dark surroundings.
As one of the best eye centers in the area, Insight Vision Center Optometry knows how to keep your eyes in good health! You can reach us at (714) 486-3315 or fill out our convenient contact form to set up an appointment. We serve Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.