A separate study area is a definite asset for any home. Having a designated area for work allows home owners to reduce distractions and/or interruptions when working at home. Whether you have a proper study room or just a workspace; the kind of lighting you use for your purposes plays a major role in deciding the eventual success or failure of your space.
Ask any professional decorator and they will be quick to underline the importance of lighting in setting the mood for a particular area or room. While soft, warm, diffused lighting is perfect for a cozy/ intimate space such as the bedroom or family room; lighting for a study area needs to conform to a different set of parameters.
To begin with, take a close look at the kind of space you are planning on using for your study area. Will you have a single study room for the entire family or will you prefer to convert parts of other rooms into work areas for specific family members? For example, a corner of the family room for the adults; a separate study desk/ work space for children in their rooms etc.
Consider investing in light diffusers near your PC/ laptop station to ensure that you have enough light to perform regular tasks without excess light falling on the computer screen. Instead of going for a single cluster of ceiling lights, consider using wall lighting or recessed lighting to create a gentle ambient glow and letting strategically placed floor and table lamps light up specific sections of the work space. Glare free task lighting in particular can light up the area without putting strain on the eyes as well as increase your concentration on a specific task when working long nights.
Those involved in designing/ construction fields will need to pay special attention to the lighting; perhaps going in for an arrangement of suspension lights to light up the draft board/ work area. Just be sure to ensure the lighting is bright without being too harsh.
Finally, take the time to shop around before deciding on the ceiling lights and table lamps. There are any number of lighting options out there and a little browsing will help you clarify your vision for your study. The Italian lighting company of Foscarini in particular offers several exquisitely designed as well as highly practical lighting solutions. Wall lights not only illuminate your room but stylish designs can also double as decorative items.