Want to create a workplace that promotes wellness and productivity? Start with the lighting. Learn what works and what doesn’t in this guide to workplace lighting do’s and don’ts.
1. Do use a mix of lighting sources such as overhead (ambient), task, and accent lights.
Ambient lighting provides overall illumination, while task lighting illuminates specific work areas. Accent lighting highlights architectural or decorative features. The use of a mix of lighting sources creates depth and dimension in a space.
Don’t choose fittings for their aesthetics only.
While aesthetics are certainly important in creating an attractive workspace, prioritising them over functionality and performance can lead to subpar lighting conditions.
It’s crucial to select lights that not only enhance the aesthetics but also provide adequate illumination, optimize energy efficiency, and contribute to the well-being and productivity of the occupants.
2. Aim to create uniformly lit spaces with sufficient light levels for the tasks being performed.
When it comes to workplace lighting, aiming for uniformly lit spaces with sufficient light levels is crucial for optimizing productivity and creating a comfortable environment. Uneven lighting can cause eye strain, fatigue, and difficulty in performing tasks effectively.
Don’t depend on natural light alone, assuming a space is bright enough.
While natural light is great, it’s not enough to rely on alone for lighting a workspace. Even in well-lit areas, there are times when extra lighting is needed, like on cloudy days or in windowless spaces.
Natural light can also change throughout the day, causing uneven brightness. So, it’s important to supplement natural light with artificial lighting to ensure consistent and reliable illumination in the workspace.
3. Do use dimmers to adjust the lighting levels and colour temperature according to the time of day or task.
Automated dimmers provide flexibility to create the desired ambiance and meet specific lighting needs.
They allow for easy customisation, ensuring lighting matches our circadian rhythm. By adjusting intensity and color temperature, dimmers enhance productivity, comfort, and well-being in the workplace.
Don’t use outdated, cheap or inefficient lighting technology
Though it’s tempting to go a for a cheap lighting solution, it may just come back and bite you in the future. Outdated technology can result in poor illumination, uneven light distribution, and higher energy consumption.
By choosing advanced and energy-efficient lighting options, you can improve the quality of light, reduce energy costs, and create a more sustainable and comfortable work environment.
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