Although lighting objects are not part of our direct commercial activities, once we set out to transform the working spaces of Romania, we think it’s important to talk about all the important aspects that influence office life. In fact, we already mentioned lights at some point (here) and we even brought it up in our post about our visit to ORGATEC 2014, but it’s high time we talked about this in detail.
First of all, did you know that appropriate lighting can increase productivity by 10%-50% or that it can reduce errors up to 60%? Further more, did you know that bad lighting can cause head aches, neck pains and even nausea? They can all be the consequence of insufficient light which, in return, causes strain on the eyes for all those working in such a place.
And bad lighting can cause even worse disorders, such as SBS (Sick Building Syndrome) or Seasonal Affective Disorder, both of which can be manifested through lethargy, irritability, bad focus, a general lack of energy and can even lead to depression.
But what does bad lighting really mean? It’s usually a matter of insufficient light, but the following can be just as harmful: uneven lighting, artificial sources that are too intense, natural light aggressively amplified or artificial light reflected by various surfaces, shading, flickering or the stroboscope effect.
Of course, all of these have to be compared to the specific of the tasks that are meant to be solved in that particular working space, but whatever the need, it’s a fact that solutions can be found. The best option is always natural light and the perfect office should have plenty of big windows, but since this is something you may not be able to control, the least you can do is place the desks as efficiently as possible around the natural lighting sources. Then, white and light colors are always good options, especially combined with materials that don’t reflect light in a disturbing manner.
Also, a solution at hand is placing individual switches and local lighting sources (for example lamps), this allowing a personalized flow for every individual that works in that space. And since we’re talking about local sources, we’re reminding you that you’ll also have to think about global sources (for the entire office) and maybe even localized sources, for specific tasks that may need special lighting conditions.
In the end, we’re only adding that the best artificial lighting sources for offices are the fluorescent ones and LED solutions.
Don’t leave any detail to chance, because every factor influences us and, in the end, the office might be the space where we spend most of our active time. Dessign yourselves productive, beautiful and healthy working spaces!