Illuminating Office Design

Lighting can make or break any work environment. It affects workers’ productivity and mood, which are, in fact, two sides of the same coin. When we are dwelling in near dark surrounded by piles of paperwork, our productivity and creativity is likely to run low.

Light also enhances the space aesthetically – modern technology has enabled us to transform our offices and give them new a look and feel. Comfort and good mood are not reserved just for your living area anymore- they are finding their way into business premises around the world.

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Research shows that even low lighting is enough to spur work benefits. In fact, some claim that low lighting can be best when it comes to increasing creativity and generating new ideas. On the other hand, bright light enables people to focus their mind and stay sharp. You can experiment with multiple styles of lighting, as long as you know what you want to achieve.

Different areas can benefit from different kinds of lighting. In offices where people spend most of their time, try to go for as much natural light as possible and use lighting that does not drown it out. People have been exposed to sunlight for thousands of years, and evidence suggests that it boosts their health and well-being.

Natural light also keeps you alert and provides you with the much needed warmth, making an impact on your productivity. Leaving windows open lets the fresh air in, which is another crucial condition of a proper work environment. Fluorescent lights can drain the will to work indeed, but natural is not always the option- it has its time and space limitations.

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So, use spot, wall or floor lighting to highlight some key places such as waiting area and reception desk. Task lighting also allows employees to personalize certain area according to their own preferences. When using a free-standing floor lamp, pay attention to its positioning and don’t create shadows over work spaces. Good old desk lamps are not to be overlooked, because directing the light always comes in handy.

A guiding light

When LED lighting appeared on the scene, it stole the artificial light show. These lights might be a bit more expensive, but they are brighter and clearer than fluorescent tubes and go better with natural sources. Moreover, they are energy efficient and open up more creative design options, so it’s a win-win scenario, whether you own or rent the premises.

Many offices have plain walls that are not overly stimulating – on the contrary, they can create quite an uninviting atmosphere. To make a statement and add some life to them, you can use decorative wall lighting. Using LED wall lights is also excellent for adding some personality and style to the space. Just bear in mind that many people make the mistake of trying to over-light their offices, which creates a counter-effect.

The best solution is to use a layered design- to optimize a task, ambient, and perimeter lighting in such a way that it serves the specific purpose and energy efficiency goals. Use LED-based lighting as a basic layer, and try to find the product that allow you to direct light where it’s needed.

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It adds an accent to office walls and strategic spots, while embracing the natural light as well. This is your chance to go green and boost your company’s reputation in the process. Who would have thought that artificial and natural light could be such great allies in providing us with the killer combination for the office design? More satisfied workers and shrinking energy bills- I don’t think anyone could say no to that.

One can’t create positive and stimulating work environment without some quality lighting. You can opt for a calm and creative atmosphere or choose a bright and clear ambient that enhances productivity.  A word to the wise: use different sources of light, including the natural one, and make sure they complement each other. Include some sunlight and treat yourself with cool mood-changing decorative and LED lighting, too.


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