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How lighting can affect the productivity of your employees

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes, when you enter a room, you feel instantly calmer? Or some rooms transform others into cranky-pants people – and it seems contagious? It could be the lighting – lighting can actually affect people, for example impacting on productivity (especially with office lighting).

Commercial Office Lighting

LED lights and other forms of lighting have the ability to make you sleepy (try dimming your LED bedroom light as you’re getting ready for bed) or, wide awake. It stands to reason, then, that office lighting can decrease or increase productivity. If you’re an employer or manager of a workforce, you’d want the best from your employees, and that may mean considering the kind of LED lights in your office.

We all know that colour can impact on mood, so while selecting your office lighting to maximise productivity, try and stick with colour temperatures in the cooler range – higher temperatures in Kelvin – to improve your workforce’s productivity. Soft blues will work much better than warm oranges or reds. Aim for about 4,500K.

Every effort too should be made to include natural lighting – as much as possible – and the effective use of natural light impacts on productivity by altering our mood, hormone balance and overall well-being in a positive way. Large windows (with the ability to filter heat and cold) not only minimise the cost of lighting an office, but make people feel better – and if they feel better they’ll want to work more. They’ll also be less at risk of depression, and be more alert. You want them driving home with all their senses intact, not ready for a nanna nap behind the wheel.

Select lighting that has little to no flicker – many high quality LED lights have negligible flicker – and immediately notice the difference. Some fluorescent tubing still used in offices can flicker. And ensure lighting throughout the workplace is uniform – there are no dark patches to break people’s concentration. There’s some evidence to suggest that dim lighting makes it difficult for people to concentrate (eyes have to work harder to see) and harsh lighting can likewise decrease productivity.

In short, the things to remember when selecting lighting to improve the productivity of your workforce are:

  • Uniform lighting
  • Cooler temperatures of about 4,500K
  • No harsh or too-dim lighting
  • Include lots of natural light
  • Eliminate flickering.

By including a few of these suggestions we guarantee your office productivity will boom. 


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