Today, most companies design office spaces that foster collaboration. However, even the best desks, chairs, and design might not be enough to boost productivity if the lighting in the office is too bright or too dark.
Good lighting helps to create pleasant working spaces, which increases productivity. Bad lighting such as harsh florescent lights can hurt the eyes and trigger migraines in some people. Lighting that is too dark may cause your employees to strain their eyes because there isn’t enough light, which can also cause headaches and can lower productivity. Lighting that is too dark can also make employees feel tired.
Overall Lighting Goals
The overall goal of office lighting is to create an inviting workspace. Using different types and color temperatures of light can balance the room.
Avoiding glare, both reflected and direct types, is necessary. Glossy furniture and computer monitors can cause a glare. Light fixtures in the wrong place and direct sunlight can cause glare as well. Adding additional lights can help balance the glare and eliminate shadows.
Also, check the color of the office walls. Very glossy paint can cause glare. Go for matte finishes.
Good lighting will also help make an office safer by making it easier to see potential hazards like cables and furniture.
Natural light is easy on the eyes, improves mood, and helps our body’s natural rhythms. Looking outside can help ease eye strain from looking at a computer all day.
Sadly, not every office can have natural light, so take advantage of it if you have it. Make sure you do something about the glare on computer screens from windows so you don’t hurt your eyes.
Just lighting from the ceiling facing downward can be uncomfortable and it often creates shadows. Having lighting that goes towards the ceiling can balance things out.
Giving employees individual lamps for their desks can help them control some of the lighting in their spaces. Some desk lights can emulate natural light, making things seem warmer and less enclosed.
Ambient lighting can help relieve eye strain from the computer. It will complement the more harsh overhead lighting.
Corrective lighting behind a computer screen can help diminish the glare coming from the screen and reduce eye strain.
Choosing the right light bulbs can be as important as choosing the light fixtures. Having lights with different color temperatures can help improve mood and productivity. Combine warm white, neutral white, and bright white to achieve balance. Daylight bulbs come close to natural lighting.
Some bulbs create heat, so be aware of using too many in a small space. LED and CFL bulbs are energy efficient and create a lot of light. Edison bulbs look nice, but usually don’t emit a lot of light. Use those for common areas and not for workstations.
The professionals at Beaux-Arts Group can help you create the best office environment for your space. Contact us today.