Posted on September 22, 2015

Discover Key Points on Effective Office Lighting

Dark and dingy offices can make staff feel lethargic, unmotivated and cause them to strain their eyes. No one wants that! So, learn how you can make the most of both natural and artificial light using our clever office design ideas below: 

Make the Most of Natural Light

If you work in an office, then it is likely that you don’t get much free time during the working day to get outside in the fresh air and sunlight. So, bring a sense of the outside in by making the most of natural light shining in through your windows.

Natural light is a completely free method of illuminating your space, so when utilised properly with office design it can save your business money on electricity bills. Fling back curtains or blinds and avoid placing any obstructions, such as structural pillars or furniture, in front of windows. You could even fit some sun lights in the roof!

Consider Ambient Lighting

Some office meeting rooms or private offices may be found in the centre of a building with little or no windows, so overhead artificial lighting becomes more important than ever. However, there is a tendency here to go a little overboard and to create a room which is stark, bright and if we’re honest… likely to give you a headache.

Recessed uplighting, spot lights angled outwards or using the correct shade can help create a more ambient atmosphere which will look better and is much more pleasant to work in.

Look at Levels and Lighting Angles

Effectively lighting an office space is so much more complicated than plugging in a lamp or flicking a switch for the LED panel lights in the ceiling tiles. There’s an art to light design and it’s important to consider both the level of light and the angle it will shine in.

For example, bright light from a window may obscure a computer screen and make it hard to complete work. Whereas a bright overhead task light is extremely important for architects, engineers or any other profession who complete complex paper drawings at their desks.

The placement of artificial light sources and furniture will have a huge influence on productivity and therefore, profitability.  

Take a Look Around You

What does the rest of the office design have to do with what light fitting you choose? Well, a lot actually. If you have a lot of glass, gloss finishes or varnished wood, using the wrong light can cause it to reflect and create glare.

To avoid this, use a layered lighting design. This will see ambient lighting fill a room and focussed task lighting compliment it where a brighter light is required. We can help you think about each layer of light, the type of glow you are looking for and how to make it functional.

So, after reading this blog, do you think you need a little help with lighting your business premises? Give us a call on 02920 368585 to speak to one of our office design experts or check out a few of the following blog posts for some design inspiration:

Traditional Desks vs. Flexible Seating: Which is Best?
Colour Theory: What Does a Red Office Mean?
The Pros and Cons of Hotdesking  

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