Lighting affects mood, productivity, and even health. Get the right office lighting for both your employees and your business. The following are some practical tips for effective office lighting.
Install a Lighting Control System
A lighting control system allows you to use your lighting system without wasting energy. Some of the controls to incorporate include:
- Occupancy sensors that turn on lights in occupied rooms
- Motion sensors that turn on the lights whenever they detect movement
- Remote controls that allow you to control the lights even when you are out of the office
- Dimmer switches that allow you to change the brightness
Ideally, you should incorporate a control system at the design stage. However, an electrician can also retrofit one for you if your lighting system is already in place.
Match the Lighting to the Task
The type of lighting depends on the task you want to perform. A typical office is meant for multiple tasks, so you also need multiple lights. For example, you may need:
- Light to read
- Light to work on the computer
- Light to illuminate the room (for example, during meetings)
Thus, a single large light on the ceiling won't be adequate for all the tasks. For example, a desktop light may be best for reading or computer work.
Include Corrective Lighting
Multiple lights may throw shadows all over the room. For example, if you have a ceiling light, table lamp, and wall lights, there may be shadows at the junctions of the areas the different lights cover. Add corrective lighting to cover the shadowy areas. That way, your employees don't have to contend with uneven lighting.
Get the Brightness Right
Most people understand the inadequacy of dim lights. However, overly bright lights are just as bad. Get the office lighting right so that it is neither too bright nor too dim. You don't want your employees to squint while reading, but you also don't want them to struggle with washed-out images on screens.
Use Indirect Lighting
Working with glare is difficult and dangerous to the eyes. Position light bulbs so that they don't fall directly on screens to avoid glare. You can also use diffused light to avoid glare.
As you can see, the design of an office lighting system requires careful thought. The good news is that you only need to install your lighting system once — after that, all you have to worry about is its maintenance. Get an experienced commercial wiring contractor to design and install your lighting system.