Most office workers spend a large proportion of their day every week in the office. The kind of lighting used can influence their performance and productivity and affect their health. There are several measures that you can take to make sure that the kind of lighting used does not strain your workers, drain their energy levels, or affect their health negatively. Here are some things that you should consider when installing or upgrading the lighting in your office.
Utilize natural lighting
Nothing beats natural lighting from the sun when it comes to improving the productivity of your workers. If your building has large windows, make use of them to allow as much natural light into the office as possible. Avoid using heavy and dark colored window treatments which block natural light during the day. Sheer and brightly colored drapes and curtains will not only allow in as much light as possible, but they will also brighten up the office and improve its mood and feel.
If you are in the process of designing or renovating your office, try to carry as much natural light as possible into the building by incorporating glass into the design. However, there are instances where natural light is not an option and you have to rely on artificial lighting.
Choose the right light temperatures
Artificial lighting is usually available in various temperatures. These are high, mid-range, and low color temperatures. High color temperatures are considered daylight or cool light which is close to the midday sun. Mid-range color temperatures are considered cool white, and they resemble the morning or late afternoon light. Lower color temperatures are warm colors which resemble the color or a warm fire.
The ideal light temperatures for the office setting are high color temperatures found in cool lighting. This type of lighting produces light's closer to the midday sun and it almost looks like natural light. Just like natural light, cool lighting inhibits the production of melatonin during the day and decreases fatigue and sleepiness in office workers. Mid-range lighting is used to create a friendly and inviting environment while warm lighting is used to create a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
Provide adequate lighting
Choosing adequate lighting in the office will ensure that your workers don't strain their eyes. An electrician should help you assess the office space and determine the ideal number of bulbs required for adequate lighting. This is particularly important if you have an open office setting. Every space and corner in the office should be properly lit.
Lighting is an important aspect in determining the productivity and health of workers in your office. Consult with a commercial electrical contractor on how you can upgrade the existing lighting so that you can cater for the physical and mental well-being of your employees.
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