Top Tips for Perfect Office Lighting

Office lighting can impact hugely on the people that use the space. It can affect on the health of your staff – dim lighting causes restless sleep – and also your company image.

It can be overlooked, but here is some insight into how you can improve and make the most of your lighting, helping you greatly improve the wellbeing, productivity and creativity of your staff and the impression you give to your clients.

Each area of a modern office demands its own type of lighting to suit the requirements of the people working there. Lighting should be layered to avoid over-illumination, so instead of all the light coming from the ceiling, general lighting should be layered with ambient and task lighting. This allows greater control of how an individual’s workspace is lit. For example, an adjustable desk lamp provides extra light when working on specific tasks.

Windows are the major factor when it comes to an employee’s satisfaction with a building and where they are working. Natural lighting obviously affects how well we are able to see, but can also enhance employee performance and boost mood and energy levels. Mode have updated their office space as it didn’t previously allow natural light. They have added a glass wall and also bi-fold doors so that natural light comes steaming through. This is a huge improvement and made a significant difference.

Another tip is to use light, matt colours on walls. This reduces dark shadows and reflects indirect lighting. These factors can turn reduce absenteeism due to fewer illnesses and fatigue.

When looking at your office lighting, it is ideal if natural light takes the lead, with artificial lighting then increasing the light to sufficient levels.

LED replacement lighting is more energy – saving than fluorescent. It does not contain mercury and doesn’t flicker, which a fluorescent light can often end up doing.

Different areas of an office will need separate types of lighting. For example, conference and discussion areas can use ambient lighting which is less bright than workstation lighting. Lamps or standing lights are potentially a good choice here.

Again, in an area where guests are welcomed, lighting can be more pleasing if not so bright. More yellow – white toned lights can provide pleasant surroundings and a calmer, more relaxed look.

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes1

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