6+ Office Lighting Tips for a Better Office

Office spaces are a place for productivity and concentration. Since the lighting in an office can, and does, play such a big role in how much output can be created in any given day; it’s crucial to invest time and even money into getting right.

To start you off in the right direction, we’ve created this list of 6+ office lighting tips that will lead you in the right direction of how and where to go next in terms of ensuring your office lighting system is up to par and not affecting your employees work output.

 

1. Remove flickering lights

If you’ve ever been under a light which is flickering, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. Not only does it distract us, even on a subconscious level, it can cause eye strain. Over time, this can lead to a lack of focus, work quality, and output. All of which, we do not want.

Note: to remove flickering from ever occurring in your lighting system, convert to reputable LED light fixtures. Since LEDs are built in a different way, they are never susceptible to flickering and thus rids this issue entirely.

 

2. Remove buzzing lights

Just like flickering lights, buzzing can be almost equally as distracting. Although they won’t cause eye strain, they certainly cause irritability. Which also, can lead to less-than-desired work outputs.

This too can be removed entirely from happening with LED technology as well!

 

3. Dimmable

Having the ability to dim the light to the perfect light output can be a great way to match what tasks are being done. For example, if there is a brainstorming session (which involves creativity) it may be better for a darker environment. If there is daily work going on, it might be better to keep them at normal levels to prevent people from getting tired due to lack of light and thus, messing with circadian rhythm (our natural sleep clock).

 

4. Preventing sleepiness with lighting

Like briefly discussed above, lighting can play a huge role in how our natural sleep clock (circadian rhythm) responds to our environment. If for example, the body thinks the “sun” is no longer up due to low light and no blue light within our lighting system, we will get tired.

So ensuring proper light output and blue light levels are in the office will greatly help workers stop feeling tired during the day. We suggest that to get this near perfect, try to replicate sunlight. While daylight may be near a color temperature of 5600k, we don’t need to quite match this. A level between 5000k to 6000k will do fine for an office environment to prevent sleepiness.

 

5. The more natural light = better office spaces

Exposure to non-artifical light (aka, natural light from the sun) is known to improve workplace performance and productivity. The fact that this is true is great because not only will our work output and health improve, but the buildings energy consumption can go down alongside installing roof windows as there will be less reliance on artificial light fixtures to illuminate the space.

 

6. Following regulations & laws

While we always suggest you talk to a professional regarding the laws and regulations pertaining to your lighting, it’s good to be aware that there are regulations out there regarding office and workplace lighting. While this is far out of the scope for this post, we found this post by luxreview.com that should lead you in the right direction.

From there, ensuring you know all of the rules in your area will be the best route to ensuring you aren’t breaking any laws with an improper lighting system. The added benefit to following these rules is you can drastically reduce any possible liabilities you may incur if you had otherwise ignored these rules. So, we find it best to follow them!

 

Additional considerations

Not only are the above tips important to consider, but strongly considering LED office light technology can prove to supply the above benefits along with the following:

Energy savings.

It’s not uncommon for companies to realizing energy savings associated with their lighting system by up to 75% when converting to LED technology from light technologies like metal halide or high-pressure sodium. Most commonly in office spaces, you will find fluorescent lights, and while not as inefficient as MH or HPS lights, buildings can still realize energy savings up to 30% when converting to LED from fluorescent lights.

 

Not convinced that LED is far superior to fluorescent just by this fact alone? We’ve created a list of 9 ways LED beats fluorescent on our blog, it’s certainly worth checking out.

 

Longer lifespans.

Longer life spans by 2 to 3 times is very common when converting to LED from other lighting technologies, just as much as its very common for the insane energy savings we talked about above.

This has two mains benefits which we always talk about: the less often need to buy replacement tubes as well as fewer maintenance costs to pay someone to replace those lights. We like to think of the second as an indirect way longer lifespans saves you money, and it’s certainly a great benefit.

 

Conclusion

We’ve not only covered tips to consider when implementing a better lighting system into your office but also why LED might be a great option for doing so while also reducing overhead costs. Hopefully, by following these tips you find your way to a more productive office and lower overhead.

 

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