Tips for workplace lighting design
Lighting design is crucial to creating a productive and comfortable work environment. The right lighting can reduce eye strain and fatigue, improve mood and productivity, and even increase safety. In this list, we’ve compiled some top tips for workplace lighting design, including considerations for task lighting, natural light, appropriate fixtures, and lighting controls. By following these tips, you can create a lighting design that meets the specific needs of your workspace and helps your employees to work comfortably and efficiently.
Here are some top tips for workplace lighting design:
1. Consider the task: Different tasks require different lighting levels and colour temperatures. For example, reading requires brighter light than general office work. Lighting should be designed around the specific tasks that are performed in the workspace.
2. Use natural light: Whenever possible, incorporate natural light into the workspace. Natural light has been shown to improve mood and productivity. Use windows or skylights to bring in natural light.
3. Use appropriate fixtures: Choose fixtures that provide the appropriate light levels and colour temperatures for the workspace. LED lighting is an energy-efficient and long-lasting option.
4. Use task lighting: Task lighting can help reduce eye strain and fatigue by providing focused light where it is needed. Use adjustable lamps or fixtures that can be directed to the task at hand.
5. Avoid glare: Glare can cause eye strain and discomfort. Use fixtures with glare-free lenses, shades and low glare lighting. Avoid positioning fixtures where they can cause reflections on computer screens.
6. Consider the colour rendering index (CRI): CRI measures how well a light source reveals the true colours of objects. Choose lighting with a high CRI for tasks that require colour accuracy.
7. Use lighting controls: Lighting controls can help reduce energy use and provide flexibility in lighting levels. Use dimmers, timers, or occupancy sensors to control lighting. Smart lighting can be integrated with building management systems for a range of control options and powered over ethernet. Check out our blog on Smart Lighting powered over ethernet.
8. Test the lighting design: Once the lighting design is in place, test it with workers to ensure it meets their needs. Adjust as necessary to optimise the lighting for the specific workspace.
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