A well-lit office can reduce fatigue, increase productivity and make a work environment more pleasing to spend time in but getting it right takes a little planning.
In this article, we have shared a few expert tips to help you perfect your office lighting:
A number of studies have shown that in a work environment, natural lighting is best for all round wellbeing.
The best way to flood a workspace with daylight is to keep windows and skylights free of obstructions and create an open-plan or glass-partitioned space that lets it flow through. This Google office in London maximises the natural light available by locating offices with glass walls around a well-lit central atrium.
In small offices, it’s possible to enhance natural light by placing mirrors opposite windows, incorporating reflective surfaces into your office design with furniture and specialist paint which has a high Light Reflectance Value.
However the intensity of natural light varies at different times of the day or year: too little can cause eyestrain and too much can cause surface or screen glare.
To maintain healthy, consistent lighting levels, install blinds so personnel can adjust the amount of sunlight in their workspace and complement it with a combination of ambient and task lighting.
Different personnel require different levels of lighting to complete varied kinds of written, technical or design work efficiently and task lighting helps them to just that.
Adjustable wall, floor or desk-mounted LED task lights are the most environmentally friendly and cost efficient. They give employees personal control over the projection and intensity of light in their workspace which can help them to focus on specific tasks without risking eyestrain, tension or headaches.
Ambient lighting can be used to supplement natural light and stabilise interior light levels but it can also be used to create an environment which is conducive to productivity.
Ambient lighting should include a mixture of ceiling pendants and spotlights as well as wall, surface and floor-mounted lamps which work together to illuminate a space.
Although the primary purpose of office lighting is to make a space safe and functional to work in, it can also be used to create interest and make a statement so try incorporating ambient light into your office design by using colourful, back-lit branding, soffits and mezzanines.
Depending on the scale of your office and the work responsibilities of the individuals within it, perfecting your office lighting can be a complex task but one that’s worth undertaking for the wellbeing of your employees and your business.
By Chris Jenkins, Project Director, Peldon Rose