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Great Office Lighting

Great Office Lighting

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Offices are more and more reliant upon computers and visually processed information. For this reason, office lighting has never been more relevant or more important.

Good office lighting will make your staff feel happier and healthier, cutting down on absenteeism and costly down time. Studies show that bright, airy offices help to motivate staff, and increase productivity. Good lighting also makes for a safer office, where potential hazards such as cables can easily be seen and avoided.

Several different functions need to be taken into consideration when assessing the lighting in an office. Not only does illumination support visual perception, but it also has psycho-emotional and psycho-biological effects. Since initial visual perception is achieved by illumination, ceiling fixtures should be chosen individually according to the room condition. Floor lamps and table lights can be used as well to intensify the lighting, particularly in areas where visual display equipment is situated.

Important criteria to consider for office lighting is lighting level and illumination, harmonic brightness control, the direction of light, light color, and restriction of glare and shade.

Lighting Guidelines

There are several guidelines in place to help determine which types of lighting are appropriate for which purposes. Lighting should be flexible and energy saving, though optimal light does depend on the types of visual tasks being performed and should be the result of a balance between direct and indirect light sources, such as that between daylight and artificial lights. Utilizing a combination of different types of lamps allows a worker to complete a variety of visual tasks with more ease.

Choosing the right level of light in the workplace can prevent workers becoming tired and losing concentration on their tasks. Illumination, measured in Lux, should be at a minimum of 500 for computer workstation brightness and generally speaking, an increase in Lux boosts visual performance and positively influences information processing. A more complex task will require a higher level of illumination, though personal variables such as age should also be taken into consideration when providing a bespoke solution.

Mood lighting is something that can be achieved by light color. Light colors are classified as either warm white, neutral white, or bright white. It's important to place lights parallel to windows and the actual work space, as this helps achieve that important balance between natural and artificial light, as well as to avoid shadows and glare. Too much lighting near to a computer is as bad as too little lighting. Excessive glare will quickly make your worker's eyes feel tired and irritated.

Good lighting also makes for a safer office, where potential hazards such as cables can easily be seen and avoided.

How do you know if you have good office lighting?

Ask yourself a few simple questions. Is there sufficient natural light? Does the lighting correspond to the appropriate visual task? Is there a guaranteed balance of direct and indirect light? Can the light intensity be adjusted individually? Are pleasant and bright light colors used, such as warm white and neutral white? Are glares and reflections avoided?

Don't just ask yourself, consult your staff as well. Workers like being asked for their input, and feel increasingly motivated when their views are taken into consideration.

A perfectly illuminated office will pay real dividends when it comes to staff motivation and productivity. It will also impress visitors and potential clients. If you need help and advice, the Interior Deluxe office lighting experts are waiting to help you.
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Ryan Wenk - January 4, 2020

Hello, we are looking for better lighting for our office. We have some great old fixtures but could use insight and help on better bulbs and possibly installing some new light fixtures. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Duncan Kirk - January 4, 2020

Office lighting is so important when it comes to keeping team members happy and motivated. Lighting in workplaces is often overlooked and all to often natural light is absent altogether.

kevin - January 4, 2020

what a fantastic post. Really informative.

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