Published on: 9th July 2018
Lighting in the workplace must satisfy a variety of different needs, not only does lighting ensure we can carry out the task in front of us, it can also effect an employee’s mood, communication, and health.
Poor lighting and lack of control of the visual environment can influence employee productivity, whilst visual discomfort such as poor visibility, glare and flicker can lead to headaches and eyestrain.
Studies show that employees with access to a window, slept on average 46 minutes more per night, had a reduction in sick leave and had overall improved workplace satisfaction. Recommendations for task lighting levels in offices are between 300-500 lux, research suggests that this is achieved through a combination of daylighting and LED lighting, ensuring energy use remains low. Both interior and exterior shading devices should be in place to control glare, reduce solar gain and provide better visual comfort.
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