Light quality is crucial to a great office space strategy. With many office workers today pinned to a computer screen for much of their day, we may think that office lighting is less important than it once was, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Lighting is a primary factor of your office’s overall productivity and wellbeing.
In fact, the pervasive use of computers in the modern office only makes adequate lighting more important. Computers present a greater risk of eye strain and cause lighting imbalance. These lighting problems can result in degraded work quality, reduced staff health and wellbeing, and even safety hazards. But what are the benefits of great office lighting and how do you achieve it? Read on to find out more.
The effects of lighting on your office
Proper office lighting could well be the difference between an adequate working environment and a great one. Investing in better lighting often pays for itself through improved productivity and a healthier workforce. Improved light balance can help reduce glare around computer screens, alleviating eye strain and minimising headaches. Offices that strike the right balance enjoy heightened focus, productivity, efficiency, and good overall well-being.
Let’s examine the extremes. Dim lighting can affect your office’s energy levels, negatively impacting staff motivation and causing lethargy. On the other hand, lighting can also be too harsh, causing migraine headaches and eye strain, reducing focus. Excessive artificial light can also needlessly run up your office’s energy costs, creating a counterproductive expense. That’s why DB Interiors insists on adhering to council compliant lux levels in all fitout works we complete.
Natural vs artificial lighting
When assessing the overall quality of your office lighting, it’s important to ask yourself how much of your light is natural and how much of it is artificial. Most interior designers agree that natural light is preferable to artificial light sources. Office workers exposed to enough natural light are shown to be more productive and creative, get more sleep at night, and reap the health benefits of a better vitamin D balance.
However, many office locations simply don’t allow for the even distribution of natural light through the space. For this reason, many designers insist that striking the right balance between natural and artificial light is key. Developing an interior design that maintains consistency throughout the space while maximising natural light is the best way to achieve a healthy balance.
How to improve your office lighting
Achieving the perfect lighting in your office design can be a challenge, but a few simple tips and tricks can help you strike a better balance.
- LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and cause less strain on the eye than fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs tend to dim over time, flicker, and buzz, all of which can cause unnecessary unease and lack of focus.
- Tinting or partially transparent curtains can allow natural light through windows without the heat and glare of direct sunlight, depending on the direction your office windows face.
- Develop a lighting strategy for each space in your office that’s dependent on the work done in that space. Task lighting in heavy workflow areas can give workers more control over the light in their vicinity.
- The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock. Dim lighting, particularly a lack of blue light, can cause workers to fall out of synch with their circadian rhythm, resulting in fatigue and anxiety. Exposure to natural light during work hours is the best way to preserve our circadian rhythms.
- If your office interior allows for little natural light, artificial blue light sources ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 degrees Kelvin can stimulate brain activity like natural light.
- Avoid facing computer screens directly toward light sources as this can cause uncomfortable glare. Position monitors perpendicular to light sources to avoid either the screen or the worker facing a surplus of light.
- Open plan offices allow for a more even distribution of natural light.
- Make lighting a mainstay in your business health and safety discussions.
Office interior designers should understand the value of lighting
Make the future of your office a bright one! With several years of experience in the field of office interiors, DB Interiors know how to tackle the challenges posed by office lighting. If you want to see improved productivity and staff wellbeing in your office, contact DB Interiors today to arrange your consultation.