Without any doubt, we can all acknowledge that humans simply work more efficiently in better lighting. The impact of light goes way beyond just illuminating the space, it affects how we work, our mood and most importantly, our productivity. With access to better research on health and ergonomics, it is quite evident that knowledge workers need workspaces that are pleasant, open and well-lit to foster awareness, concentration, and creativity. The right kind of lighting has the potential to boost productivity whereas bad lighting is associated with ill-effects like eye strain, headaches, fatigue and stress resulting in a slump in performance.
Given its impact, there is a growing need to focus on evaluating office lighting to come up with interventions and solutions that support workplace productivity and employee well-being. In order to achieve this desired effect.
Key points that make a difference
The photos above show two workspaces. The one on the left has little consideration for light from computers. It is a brightly lit office with little to no contrasts to absorb excess lighting. The one on the right has a more conscious approach towards lighting. Even in the absence of uplighters, the office has managed to minimize the effect of glare by adding dark surfaces and lighting in areas, only where it is needed.
Modern-day offices are all about creating workplaces that are an experience in true sense. More and more companies are upgrading their bland offices into outstanding spaces that don't just look good but are also employee-friendly. The latest commercial LED lighting and advanced light controls have the power to deliver just that.
Office and workspace illumination can be broadly classified into two categories: General Lighting and Workplace Specific Lighting. The former includes areas like lounges, cafeterias and reception, while the latter refers to work areas. Getting the light levels right in these two spaces is the key to an ideal office lighting design.
1. Indirect lighting for workstations
Most of the work by knowledge workers are now done on computers or laptops. Given that work of such nature is quite strenuous, excellent ambient, glare-free, low-reflection lighting in workplaces are of great importance to prevent work-related health issues and ensure that employees feel well and performs their best throughout the day. Lighting in areas with computers needs to be designed considering the light and glare from the computer screens. Instead of large overhead downlights, lower ambient lighting with brighter task lighting people can adjust to is more suitable.
IKIO's Flamingo Series ceiling lights deliver indirect lighting, for a soothing glare-free lighting experience. Its unique design throws more than 90% of the total luminous flux upwards on an inverted reflector to tone down the level of its brightness.
2. Adaptable illumination for multipurpose work areas
Work areas in a modern office are designed to comprise of seating areas for discussions, a communication or break area, a library, and multiple flexible work areas. These areas allow employees to feel relaxed and comfortable. An optimal solution for such spaces calls for flexibility in lighting. A dynamic mix of artificial lighting and daylight has the potential to provide an environment for workers where they deliver their best while being happy, motivated and stress-free.
For multipurpose areas, light quality and efficiency aside, appearances are important as well. Pleasant illumination and modern lamp designs bring positivity in working environments. IKIO's LED Vertical Linear Series are designed to deliver just that with their contemporary design and impressive lighting performance,
3. Maximizing efficiency through technology
In the present scenario of rising effects of climate change, we can't ignore the necessity for sustainability and efficiency. The advent of LED technology in lighting has created possibilities that allow not just to significantly improve the quality of lighting, but also deliver ultra-efficiency, which has a dramatic impact on energy costs.
One can't ignore that sunlight is the best light for human beings as it creates a warm welcoming space, conducive for productivity. Adding natural light has the double benefit of improving worker health and performance and energy savings. Daylighting, as commonly used by light designers requires the use of sensors to dim lights with sufficient levels of natural light. This results in a massive reduction in lighting costs.
4. Lighting in tune with Circadian rythm
Now, let us talk about productivity. It has been observed that when lighting is tuned to support workers’ circadian sleep-wake cycles and stimulate energy levels at set times in the day, they are more motivated to work. In computer-intensive environments, ambient light levels when lowered to an illuminance of 15 fc using 8000K lamps, employees have noted they’re able to see better, are not as tired at the end of the day, and sleep better at night. It helped them have sustained concentration and energy levels. Cooler light temperature levels elevate alertness, uplifts mood, making it ideal for rooms where workers need to feel invigorated to brainstorm and communicate ideas.
Understanding these interactions have helped light designers around the world in developing lighting solutions that are targeted at enhancing vision, well-being and performance. Thanks to great strides in solid-state lighting, there now exists a whole new ability to dim and tune CCT, commonly called Kelvin changing or shifting.
Lighting solutions targeting human-centric applications are the norm of the future, given their multitude of advantages. IKIO's range of RGBW panel lights aims to capitalize on the un-reaped benefits of revolutionary scientific research for lighting applications that require you to focus on both energy savings and human-centric lighting.