Want to increase worker productivity in your office? Try adjusting the lighting. Variations in the availability, intensity and quality of light make a huge difference not only in how well human beings can see, but also in overall comfort and health. This has a direct impact on both morale and productivity in the workplace. Who knew office lights could directly impact productivity, morale, and even health and well being!
Try these simple office lighting tips to make your office a more pleasant — and productive — place to work.
1.Use cool-temperature bulbs
“Cool” doesn’t refer to how hot a bulb gets, but rather to the color quality of the light bulb. Bulb color “temperatures” are measured in Kelvin. The lower the number, the “warmer” (more toward the red end of the spectrum) the color temperature. Bulb temperatures under 3,000 Kelvin are considered warm, and have a red or yellow cast. Temperatures between 3,000 and 4,600 are described as “cool white.” The highest Kelvin bulbs (4,600 and higher) have the coolest color, closest to the blue end of the spectrum. These blue-white bulbs are referred to as cool, or daylight, bulbs.
Many people prefer warm light in the home. This preference is possibly a holdover from when interior lighting consisted of the ruddy light of candles and kerosene lanterns. However, studies show that office productivity increases substantially under cool light — the cooler, the better. In fact, using super-cool, “blue-enriched” bulbs rated at 17,000 Kelvin has been shown to significantly improve mental acuity, and reduce eye strain and fatigue. Workers under cool light report that they feel happier and more alert, as well.
Mother Nature knows best, so it’s no wonder that her lighting solution should prove to be healthy and effective. Natural light has been proven again and again to reduce sick days and employee turnover, and improve worker concentration, mood, memory and overall productivity. Lighting with the sun also helps reduce energy costs and carbon footprint.
Large office windows and skylights make for a pleasant and productive office. However, where these are not possible, you may still be able to take advantage of available sunlight by installing tubular skylights. These are small daylighting devices that are easily installed in a roof, which bring sunlight through a reflective tube into the room below.
3.Use smart lighting
Daylighting is wonderful while the sun is shining, but every office needs office lights as well. You can optimize your use of daylight by installing a daylight-sensing control in your office. Such a device will automatically turn office lights on and off when needed, and can reduce office lighting costs by 20-60 percent.
Lighting is responsible for 16 percent of the energy costs of the average large office building. Programmable lighting can be used to ensure that lights go off when not in use, and significantly reduce energy waste due to lighting.
4.Remove annoying lighting
No matter what sort of office lighting you choose, it should, at the very least, not subject your employees and customers to annoying or uncomfortable conditions. Your employees will thank you with higher productivity when you replace buzzing ballasts and flickering bulbs with steady, quiet lights such as LED bulbs.
Ultimately, what matters most to improve office productivity is that your employees feel comfortable. Implementing these lighting tips is just one way to do this. Our high-volume, low-speed fans are another great way to improve employee comfort, concentration, mood and overall office morale. If you are planning an office remodel, why not consider our new ReCircuLite, which combines both? Yes, it’s an innovative combination LED light fixture and recirculation fan. Contact us here to learn more.