The Real Cost of a Home Office

By Yvette Romero - 2012-02-09T15:31:59Z

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According to Light Right Consortium, 91 percent of people surveyed said the most pleasing light provides both direct and indirect lighting through wall washing lights that evenly illuminate large parts of a wall. Also important, a dimming control for overhead lighting. The right lighting helps fight off fatigue, says Kanarek.

$120: LBL Lighting Tulip 1-Light White Satin Nickel Wall Light. Includes halogen bulb and is dimmable with standard incandescent dimmer -- Home Depot
$110: Kenroy Home Stowe 31-inch Brushed Steel Table Lamp --
$8: GE Reveal 100-Watt A19 General Purpose Incandescent Light Bulb (6-Pack) -- Home Depot

Running Tally: $9,316