Task Lighting Vs Natural Lighting: Striking a Balance in Your Office

It’s no secret that lighting matters in the workplace and, when given a choice, just about everybody who works in one would prefer that that lighting be natural. Indeed, a high value is placed on natural light in the workplace, and many talented interior specialists are hired specifically to make the most of it. However, artificial lights are not without value either. The right task lighting can make a workstation feel motivating and helping you stay focused and maintains your energy.

As you develop your office space strategy, you’ll want to make full use of both natural and task lighting, but striking the right balance can be a challenge. Continue reading to learn more about the role these different light sources can play in your office.

Lighting affects your office vibe

Recent studies have shown that most people are dissatisfied with the quality of their office lighting. Anyone who has worked in an office can understand why people would feel strongly about something as seemingly minor as light quality. Lighting has a profound impact on our mood and productivity. Considering that we spend 8 hours per day—roughly a third of our professional lives—inside our office, lighting can also influence our sleep cycles and health. One of the most significant factors when determining the light quality in an office is the ratio of artificial light to natural light.

Artificial light can include both ambient lighting, which includes track lighting, ceiling mercury bulbs, and accent lighting, and task lighting, such as swing-arm desk lamps, under-cabinet lights, and pendants.

Natural lighting vs task lighting

Even the best offices can only count on natural light for so much of their overall lighting. After all, unless your business is in its infancy, not everyone can sit next to a window. Therefore, pretty much every office will need to rely on artificial lighting to at least some extent. Workstations lose light easily, shaded by soundproofing barriers, computer monitors, shelving, and, if you’re facing away from the nearest natural light source, yourself. This is why task lights can play such an important role in your office lighting strategy. While natural light in any office is often dedicated to shared spaces like lounges and breakrooms, a smart office space strategy can maximise the role natural light plays in your office.

Balance is key

A successful office lighting strategy will maximise consistency while minimising glare. Typically, it’s best to build your spatial planning around maximising the distribution of natural light in the office, then develop a task lighting design that effectively fills in the dim spots. Try to avoid positioning lights so that they reflect toward people’s faces while at their workstations. Meanwhile, you can reduce glare from computer monitors with corrective task lighting positioned to brighten the area more broadly, minimising the effect of the glare. Ambient lighting can be used to polish the lighting plan and provide that extra level of consistency.

Develop your office lighting strategy with the experts

You don’t need to perfect your office lighting strategy alone. The office interior specialists at DB Interiors have years of experience harnessing the elements to maximise comfort and productivity. Contact DB Interiors today to see what we can do for you!

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