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How to Use Glare Shields or Shades to Direct Light Away From a Cubicle

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Glare in a work area is an avoidable hazard. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warns that glare on the monitor can cause eyestrain, headaches and other discomfort. To solve the problem of glare in a cubical, invest in some products to reduce solar radiation and protect the work space from excessive bright light. Take care of the problem at its source and provide relief in the cubicle and on the monitor screen. These simple measures result in a more comfortable workstation.

Identify the source of the glare. If you aren't sure, stand outside the cubicle at midday and see where your shadow falls. Approach the window to test if your shadow still aims at your cubicle.

Measure the window. For glare protection, plan on using an outside mount. This refers to mounting the window shade so it covers the entire window and part of the area on each side of the window. An inside mount is a shade that extends only inside the window frame. This style can allow glare to come through the edges. Measure the height of the window from 2 inches above the top of the window glass to the window sill or bottom of the window glass. Measure the width of the window glass (or that pane or area of the window you want the shade to cover). Make a note of the measurement. OSHA advises using a horizontal blind on a north or south window and a vertical blind on an east or west window.

Shop for a solar window screen or other shade for glare reduction. Solar window screen shades allow a view while cutting glare.

Follow the OSHA advice to re-orient the work station to place the monitor perpendicular to the glare source, so the light comes toward the side of the monitor instead of at the screen.

Add a glare shield to the computer monitor. Now the cubicle is ready for work without eyestrain.


If installing a window shade isn't possible, look into using a desk screen or portable room screen to block the light. Shoji screens work well for this, as they allow diffuse light through to keep the cubicle from being too blocked off.

Use "S" hooks (available from hardware stores) to hang pictures from the inside of the desk screen.

Use lamps with dimmer switches to adjust illumination and prevent glare.



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Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.

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