Studies into workplace wellness, productivity, and efficiency have all shown just how important the right lighting is for your office. And it makes sense – we’re diurnal creatures and light tells our brains on the most basic level when we should work and when we should sleep. But what lighting is best for the workplace?
Lighting and productivity
When we have the right lighting, we feel happier, healthier, and more energetic, which is good if you want to get things done. On the other hand, the wrong lighting can push the scales in the other direction, making us feel tired and ill, headachy, and frustrated. Lighting therefore has a very powerful impact on our state of mind and trying to be productive in a too bright or too dark space means that our resources have to fight against our brains to get into that state of mind, making us less productive as a result. Clearly, if you want your office to be a productive space, you need to get the lighting just right.
LEDs vs fluorescent lighting
LEDs are slightly more expensive than standard office fluorescents, but they are much more energy efficient, saving a lot of money in the long run. At the same time, they are better for productivity and employee wellness too. That’s because they can be tailored to produce a much more natural light that’s gentle on the eyes and more in synch with our natural rhythms. As a result, they’re much less likely to trigger symptoms of headaches and migraines, to cause eye strain or blurred vision – all common complaints in offices with fluorescent lighting.
Sunlight is the most natural lighting there is, and it’s what triggers the healthiest responses in our brains. According to Cornell University and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, employees exposed to natural sunlight reported 84% fewer cases of eye strain, headaches, and blurred vision, and they were better able to regulate hormones, sleep well at night, and feel energized at work the next day. You can maximize natural light in your office space by selecting a building that has good-sized windows, fewer obstructive neighbouring buildings, and an East-South-West orientation rather than a Northern one. You can also include glass architectural walls to help sunlight penetrate into the building, open up common spaces outside, and adding skylights if possible.
Color and temperature
The light bulbs you use should have the ability to adapt throughout the day, mimicking natural lighting outside. With smart bulbs and office management systems, this is easy to do these days – and not expensive either! In the morning, office lighting should be cooler and brighter to boost alertness and freshness. As the day progresses, it should warm to a neutral color, and then ease slowly into a more golden yellow as the afternoon progresses. However, you should keep task lighting separate from this system, ensuring that employees who require brighter lighting have access to it when performing a specific task.
BE understands what lighting is best for your space
BE Furniture is a specialist provider of office design and fit-out services in the tri-state area. We design your office using a holistic approach that considers the practical flow of your organizational processes, your brand values, and support for staff wellness and productivity. From office lighting to furnishings, from floor plans to construction services, we do it all. Chat to our team today to see how we can help create a workspace where you’ll thrive. To know more visit – https://www.befurniture.com/