How to improve workplace lighting and reduce energy consumption

How to improve workplace lighting and reduce energy consumption
  • Post published:August 6, 2020
  • Post category:News

Improve workplace lighting

Lighting upgrades can improve workplace lighting and staff productivity by creating a better-lit environment for staff. Less glare, better lighting controls, considered zoning and lighting spacing can all be achieved within a thought-out lighting scheme.

The benefits to staff are numerous, providing a comfortable environment, encouraging greater productivity, controlled variable light levels to compliment the human circadian rhythm etc.

Understanding how lighting can affect us within the workplace

Lighting can affect us in various ways, certain lighting may strain our eyes, make us tired, increase our body temperature or create a desired ambiance to a room. There is an alarming statistic that is currently quoted that we spend 90% of our time indoors! Whether this actually true for the majority of people is questionable however, we can all agree that we do spend a larger amount of our time indoors and a large proportion of this time is spent in the workplace. It’s important to understand how lighting can affect our mood, wellbeing and productivity.

A study by neuroscientists* suggests office workers with windows received 173% more white light exposure during work hours, and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night. This shows that light is vital for maintaining our circadian rhythm and the study shows that office occupants prefer access to windows and daylight which brings consistent benefits in terms of health and wellbeing.

But what happens if the orientation of the room allows for little natural light? Artificial light would play a crucial role. Creating light that mimics the natural daylight will balance the visual, emotional and biological needs of humans. The simulation of natural light will provide performance, comfort, health and wellbeing benefits to the occupants.

There are various products now that can vastly improve workplace lighting, such as daylight harvesting fixtures with added light sensor technology. Often referred to as HCL (Human Centric Lighting), they automatically respond to the level of natural light in the room and turn the artificial lighting up, down or off accordingly.

Reduce energy consumption

Up to 40% of a typical business’s electrical use is consumed by lighting and 75% of current installations are out of date and some don’t even meet current standards and regulations.

Well-designed lighting schemes combine the benefits of new generation of LEDs and smart lighting controls that combine daylight harvesting and lighting automation, to deliver an energy-efficient solution, that reduces running costs, improves carbon credentials and provides health and wellbeing benefits to employees.

Make upgrading your current lighting scheme a priority.

Speak to Earlsmann Lighting today, to discuss how you can improve workplace lighting in your premises. Call 01884 259917  or email: sales@earlsmannlighting.co.uk

 
*Impact of Windows and Daylight Exposure on Overall Health and Sleep Quality of Office Workers: A Case-Control Pilot Study
Mohamed Boubekri, Ph.D.,1 Ivy N. Cheung, B.A.,2 Kathryn J. Reid, Ph.D.,2 Chia-Hui Wang,1,3 and Phyllis C. Zee, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.S.M.2