Installing an effective lighting system will be a major component to a successful operation. Management should be as concerned with providing lights that keep employees safe and encourages productivity as much as the bottom line.
What follows are eight tips for achieving perfect lighting in an office environment.
- Indirect Lighting
While direct lighting provides strong illumination, it can be a burden when combined with bright computer screens. Users are known to suffer headaches, eyestrain and diminished productivity. When possible, shut off overhead lights and use indirect lighting.
- Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is perfect for highlighting areas. They dramatize interior design schemes and draw the eye where you want it. Accent lighting is best served if brighter than general light around the focal point. For this, use recessed, track or picture lighting.
- Pick the Right Bulb
Light bulbs vary based on the Kelvin scale, a unit of measurement for describing hue of a specific light source. Many offices use fluorescent lighting with 6500K bulbs. This intensity comes closest to regular daylight. Lights throughout the office should have the same color temp for balanced lighting.
- Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting offers complete illumination, but at a comfortable brightness with no glare. Achieve the affect by opening windows or using a desk lamp with low intensity halogen bulbs. These practices can give work spaces greater clarity.
- Supplement Overhead Lighting with Task Lighting
Studies show that, despite their advantages, overhead fluorescents are associated with everything from sleeping issues to hyperactivity and headaches. Task lighting with low glare bulbs will help. Position them away from work screens and more towards work surfaces. Goose neck lamps are perfect for these situations.
- Take Advantage of Natural Light
Natural light is free. It’s also beneficial to employees, improving vitamin D production which alleviates mood disorders. Natural light and low wattage, warm task lights will increase focus and clarity. If there are no windows, use Happy Lights to mimic natural sunlight.
- Choose the Right Lighting
The worst thing management can assume is all lighting works for all purposes. Traditional lighting setups will get the job done, but that doesn’t make for an ideal situation. Employees that spend a lot of time at computers are best with task lighting. People on assembly lines probably need full illumination combined with other lights. Someone that handles paperwork or small components could need a completely different solution.
- Go with Neutral Colors
You can go with overheads, task lighting, lamps or wall sconces, but be sure to optimize your lighting’s consistency with colors that are neutral to the environment. You don’t want bright or dark colors on the walls or floors. Use tones with low range reflection.