We spend more than half of our lives working, so the beauty and comfort of working spaces are essential to our happiness. Light is a vital component of this, so follow our tips to make sure your office shines!
Where to Position Lights
The office is a working space, so efficiency and efficacy are key points in all the interior design. Lighting is no exception.
Firstly, exploit natural light. Position desks near the windows – ideally big ones – or under skylights, which not only bring the sunlight in but also air the rooms.
Secondly, when positioning light sources, it’s important to make sure they don’t directly hit workers’ faces, nor their screens. In both cases, the effect is distracting and irritating.
A general tip is to avoid strong contrasts between various areas of the office. Rather, keep the lighting as even as possible.
What Lights to Pick
Other than natural lights, your first choice should be LED lights. These allow you to save on energy bills, and they do not create heat like other lamps. Moreover, they give out a lot of light in proportion to the size of the lamps themselves.
The primary light sources should be hanging and/or wall lights. For desks, it’s a good idea to use smaller desk lamps. You should get desk lights for all the desks in your office; it might cost a little more but you’ll have happier and healthier employees who don’t need to strain.
If you cannot afford that, you could buy ground lamps that light up various desks at once. Or again, you could place spotlights on the false ceiling so as to have a stream of strong light from above, which could even be modified so as to be directed to specific areas which need it.
One last tip: install movement sensors in corridors. This will ensure lights only illuminate when staff passes through. This is both better for the environment and for your bills!