Light up your Workspace with Effective Lighting Design
Is there enough natural light flowing into your workspace? Natural light has the power to not only boost the morale of your employees but also increase their productivity, concentration, and creativity. Lighting is an important factor in ergonomics, but it’s often overlooked by employers.
In fact, research compiled by a professor at Cornell University revealed that optimal exposure to natural light reduced eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision symptoms of office workers by 84 percent. Likewise, a poll of 1,614 North American employees uncovered that access to natural light and views of the outdoors are the number one attribute of the workplace environment, outranking onsite cafeterias, fitness centers, and premium perks like on-site childcare.
Additionally, the American Society of Interior Design conducted a study that indicated 68 percent of employees complain about the lighting situation in their offices. Think about your workspace. Are your employees reaping the benefits of adequate natural light and effective lighting design?
The power of natural light
The bottom line is that dimly-lit, gloomy spaces filled with artificial light are NOT welcoming or conducive to productivity. However, there are several pros to embracing natural light in your workspace.
- Employees who are exposed to more daylight sleep better at night.
- Natural light is the best medicine.
- Workplaces with adequate natural light report increases in productivity and sales.
- Natural light wards off seasonal depression, stress, and anxiety.
- Using natural light decreases the need for artificial lighting during daytime hours, which lowers energy costs.
While natural light offers many benefits, it can also present challenges when it is uncontrolled. For instance, it can cause unwanted heat and excessive glare on workers’ eyes and computer screens. Fortunately, you can combat these challenges with effective lighting design.
How to employ effective lighting design
Designing an office or workplace with effective lighting is vital to providing your employees with a calm, welcoming environment that will make them healthier and more productive. Here are a few lighting design strategies to employ in your workspace:
- Maximize the use of daylighting, which involves using windows and skylights to bring natural light into heavily-used areas.
- Use diffused light to eliminate glare, heat, and shadows that can negatively impact visibility and productivity.
- Install artificial lighting to supplement but mimic natural light where it’s needed.
- Carefully place overhead lighting to avoid glare and health-related issues, such as eyestrain and headaches.
- Install task lights where needed and reduce ambient light elsewhere.
Every workplace is different, so the strategies you use will depend on the layout of your office, your budget, and the needs of your workers. Office Environments can design a solution for your unique space.
If these lighting design strategies seem challenging to accomplish, Office Environments is here to shine a light.
We have experience in creating unique design plans for education, commercial, healthcare, and governmental workspaces across Alabama and Florida. We also offer Space Planning and Design services, where we can assist you from in-depth research to budget accommodation.
From quality furnishings to installation, Office Environments creates innovative, well-designed workplaces that allow your organization to thrive. Drop by one of our locations in Alabama and Florida or visit www.officenvironments.com to learn more about us and how we can transform your workplace and you can look forward to Monday!