Not many people may think this, but lighting in the office can have an impact on the productivity and comfortability of your employees. While offices generally use about 30 percent of all energy consumed on lights its important to have a layout that will be worth the money. The right lighting can make your employees feel more comfortable in the office, as good lighting will reduce fatigue and eye strain. Below are some tips to help better light your office of maximum comfortability as well as productivity.
Fluorescent vs LED Lighting
Before you get any lighting accessory or different fixtures to spice up your office, you will need to decide what type of lighting you will want to be displayed in your office. Fluorescent lighting may offer good energy efficiency but they cannot beat the savings that LED lights have to offer. LED lighting last longer that other sources, they consume less power and do not emit a lot of heat. With less heat means you won’t be turning on the air conditioning which will save you money in the long run.
Parabolic vs Indirect
Traditionally, officers use a parabolic fixture to light their entire office. While popular, the downside of this lighting arrangement is that the fixture shines all of its light downward. By doing this, it causes a cave effect that could cause eye strain, headaches and fatigue from glare. Indirect lighting shines their light upward rather than downward. When on, the light goes up to the ceiling or back of the fixture then reflects downward to light the room. When this happens, the light is more evenly distributed which reduces the strains that parabolic fixtures cause as mentioned before. Indirect fixtures also give off the illusion of bigger and brighter rooms by eliminating shadows that are usually created if you have a parabolic fixture setup.
Energy Efficient Motion Sensors
Offices looking to save on money and energy should invest in motion sensors. They reduce wasted energy by up to 30 percent as it turns off the lights when the space is not being used. Motion sensors are best for rooms such as restrooms, closets and breaks rooms. What makes these sensors great in addition to the money and energy it saves but they are available as either occupancy sensors and vacancy sensors.
Another way to incorporate different lights in your office to heighten comfort and productivity is the use of task lighting. Task lights, such as a desk lamp, are great way to eliminate the need for overly bright lights that are provided by the ceiling light fixtures. If you need to focus on a task, then a dim lit desk lamp is the perfect solution as it focuses the worker on their task while eliminating strains that come from ceiling fixtures.
Recommend Office Color Temperatures
When it comes to lighting an office for productivity, the recommended lighting should be between 4,000 Kelvin and 5,000 Kelvin. While there are other office color temperatures out there, these two temperatures have been proven to increase productivity. The two colors these temperatures create are cool white and stark white respectively.