Good lighting design is important for any office space. Not only does it improve the aesthetic of the space, but it can also improve worker productivity and morale. If you’re a commercial interior designer looking to stand out from the crowd this year. Here are five of the most popular trends that we expect to see:

1. Biophilic Design

One of the biggest trends in office design over the past few years has been a focus on biophilic design—that is, incorporating elements of nature into the space to create a more calming and inviting environment. This trend is only going to continue in the coming years, with more and more office spaces incorporating natural elements like plants, wood accents, and stone features into their design. In terms of lighting, this trend manifests itself in the use of natural light as much as possible and the incorporation of LED lights that mimic natural light. Biophilic Lighting that incorporates natural elements such as plants and wood is becoming very popular too.

Biophilic lighting

2. Mood Lighting

Gone are the days of sterile, fluorescent-lit offices. These days, businesses are increasingly incorporating mood lighting into their office spaces to create a more pleasant work environment. Mood lighting can be achieved using LED lights with different colour temperatures (cool white for a more energetic feel or warm white for a more calming atmosphere) or by using dimmer switches to adjust the brightness. RGB colour-changing lights are becoming increasingly popular to create moods and atmospheres in workspaces such as offices and universities. These lights can easily be controlled to create almost any colour in a room to aid, for example, concentration or relaxation.

RGB colour changing uplight to create moods in any space.

3. Smart Connected Lighting

Smart technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in all aspects of our lives, and lighting is no exception. Smart lighting refers to lights that can be controlled remotely via an app. The commercial version of this is connected lighting which refers to a system of lights that are all connected and controlled via a central network and often powered over ethernet cables (PoE). This network can be controlled manually or through an app on your smartphone or automatically through the buildings management system.

One of the benefits of connected lighting is that it gives you complete control over the lighting in your office space. For example, you can program the lights to turn on and off at certain times, dim or brighten the lights based on the time of day, or even change the light colour to suit your mood or the task at hand.

4. Human-centric Lighting

Human-centric lighting is all about designing your office lighting around the needs of employees (hence the name). This includes considering factors such as the time of day, employee work patterns, and natural light sources when designing your lighting scheme.  By doing this, you can create a lighting scheme that helps employees stay productive and comfortable throughout the day by matching their circadian rhythm. For example, you might use brighter lights during the daytime hours when people are typically more alert and productive, and then switch to softer, dimmer lights in the evening to help people wind down as they finish up their workday.

5. Sustainable Lighting

Sustainable lighting refers to any type of lighting that is environmentally friendly and uses energy-efficient technologies. This might include LED lights, which use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, or solar-powered lights that rely on renewable energy sources instead of electricity from the grid. But most often it refers to retrofit lighting which is the process of upgrading or replacing existing lighting systems in buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and improve the overall lighting quality and performance of the space. Usually by replacing old technology in the existing fitting with more energy-efficient technology such as LEDs.

Not only is retrofit lighting better for the environment by using fewer materials and reducing waste going to landfill, but it can also help save your business money on energy costs in the long run. As more businesses start to focus on sustainability, we expect to see sustainable retrofit lighting become even more popular in the years ahead. Many lighting companies offer retrofit services and Synergy Creativ is no exception. Check out Revitalite for more on our retrofit lighting services.

With so many different trends to choose from, there’s sure to be a lighting design that’s perfect for your office space. Whether you’re looking to incorporate biophilic elements, create a mood with your lighting, or take advantage of smart technology, there are plenty of options to choose from. These are just five of the latest office lighting design trends that we expect to see in 2023. By incorporating these trends into your office space, you can create a more productive, comfortable environment for your clients while also helping to protect our planet for future generations.

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