As you know, I work from home and it has it’s good and bad points. This week is half term and it’s great that I’m able to be around for Dexter. And when I say around, I mean on standby for chef duties. And therein lies the rub, sometimes it’s quite hard to focus when you work from home because there’s always housework that needs to be done, and teenagers to be fed.
One way I’ve managed to (try and) define boundaries is by having an office at home. So that when I’m there, I’m in work mode and Dexter knows not to distract me. Two things to say about that. Firstly, my office is actually just a desk in my dining room and secondly, have you tried telling your kids not to bother you? Doesn’t really work.
Anyway, the principle is there. I have an ‘office space’ if I need it. One thing I’ve struggled with though is the lighting. I live in a rented house and the light fittings are so old fashioned that I’ve never been able to get the lighting just right by the desk area. I had a lamp, but it wasn’t bright enough and only focused on one part of the desk at a time, and it’s been tough in winter when it’s dark by 4pm. So when BenQ got in touch and asked if I’d like to test out their BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp, I was like yes. YES PLEASE.
The first thing to say about the lamp is that it comes in a huge box but once assembled, is actually very slim, ergonomic and attractive. It comes in a few pieces but I put the lamp together in less than five minutes – it’s super simple, just screw the arm of the lamp into the base, assemble the plug (it comes with different attachments for different parts of the world) and that’s literally it. You only need one screwdriver, for one screw, no other equipment needed.
LAMP TURNED OFF BELOW
LAMP TURNED ON BELOW
CHECK OUT THAT SUBTLE GOLD SPARKLE!
Secondly, it is bright, super bright and what makes this lamp so special is the curved head because it allows for a wider dispersement of light. Check out this short video to see what I mean. The light tones down the centre, and brightens up the sides which helps to eliminate any glare on your screen, providing 150% wider than average lighting offered by a standard desk lamp.
The BenQ e-Reading LED Lamp is the world’s first lamp that is specifically designed for digital screen time. You can enjoy different tones of light, cool or warm, just by turning the knob on top to switch easily between both. There is no on/off switch, you merely tap the chrome ring on the top to turn it on or off, the light is evenly distributed and the arm is easily angled for maximum illumination.
And finally, it is just really aesthetically beautiful. The lead is in a gold material, and the head of the curved lamp had a very subtle gold sparkle to it so when the light catches it, it really glistens. So unusual, and so pretty. (As far as lamps go!)
If this lamp is something that you think would work for you, BenQ are offering a 10% discount when using the code: BENQ10EF. Just go HERE to use the coupon code. (Expires 31st March 2018.)
I’ve used my lamp for a couple of weeks now and it’s totally transformed my office area. Dexter has his eye on it though, and I think he’s going to pull out the classic, “But I need it for my GCSEs” any time soon. It was nice while it lasted.
* This post is in collaboration with BenQ