During the past few weeks the company I work for has had extensive renovation work done on our office workspace. What used to be a drab, uninspiring set of rooms has now transformed into a colorful and vibrant space where the prospect of coming into work each day is actually a rather exciting one. One of the main points we focused on while redecorating was improving the quality and types of lighting within the office. Lighting is something that is often taken for granted but it actually plays a significant role in determining the productivity and well-being of a workforce.
Bad lighting can actually cause employees to suffer from headaches and eyestrain as well as promoting negativity and lethargy in the workplace. The best sort of lighting is one that strikes the right balance. You want your lighting to create a relaxing effect but not to such an extent that it puts everyone to sleep.
Similarly, you will want your office to be well lit, but too much light can be uncomfortable and distracting. By installing multiple light sources then you will have the flexibility to select whichever configuration will be best suited for the time of the year, or even the time of the day. You can hire an office interior design company to provide a vast range of lighting solutions for your workplace.
Try to avoid using glaring, overhead lighting. This may be the simplest and most common approach but it can often feel quite overbearing, particularly when using strip lighting and low quality light bulbs. Whenever possible try to use upward shining lamps or lampshades so that you can keep the light contained. This way you can illuminate a room without the annoying glare.
The location of your lights is very important if you wish to eliminate glare. If you position a light directly behind someone’s desk then they will likely encounter a distracting reflection off their computer screen. If a light is positioned to the side of a desk then it can create annoying shadows that will get in the way of reading and writing. Instead, you can position a few main sources of light at a distance from any desks and give all of your employees their own personal table lamps which they can adjust however they like.
Good lighting can greatly minimize eye strain but there is no denying that staring at a bright computer screen is not particularly healthy. However, there are computer apps like f.lux that, when installed, adjust the brightness and tone of your computer’s display to the time of day.
So when the sun goes down, the screen will become warmer and darker, allowing the eyes to adjust a lot easier. The very best type of light, however, is natural light. The sun’s rays provide much needed vitamin D as well as waking you up in the mornings and letting you sleep better at night. Try to install numerous large windows or even a skylight so that the sun can shine in. Don’t forget about blinds though, since on particularly sunny days you will still need to prevent glare and overbearing heat.