Your environment has a huge impact on how productive you are. That means the temperature in your room, the colour of your walls, noise and the most important - light.
Light has different functions that have to be taken into consideration for comprehensive assessment of a lighting concept in a room. Illumination does not only support the visual perception. The appropriate use of daylight and artificial light can have a strong impact on the psychic-emotional factors of lighting. Other factors that are influenced by light are health and performance.
To evaluate the quality of illumination, a variety of parameters is analyzed. These parameters influence visual environment, comfort and performance. The right light level at the workplace avoids tiredness and lack of concentration. This can be regulated by the illuminance - an increase in illuminance boosts the visual performance and positively influences the detailed and fast visual information processing. The more complex the visual task is, the higher the illuminance requested.
- Maximize natural lighting. Organize or position the office to get the most natural light, since it's both free and many times brighter than artificial lighting.
- Use indirect lighting whenever possible. Direct lighting leads to eye strain and lower productivity.
- Space your light fixtures for uniform coverage. Make sure not to build in areas of uneven bright and dark, and that there are no dead or shadow zones in your workspace.
- Avoid glossy or shiny surfaces in the office, so that that any reflected glare is out of the line of sight.
- Use large furniture such as shelves and dividers to maximize or block bright sources of light.
- For offices that are openly connected to other rooms (no wall), include the lighting in the other room: it affects the lighting quality in the main office.
- Paint walls in bright colors, making sure that they’re not too bright or glossy, producing glare.
- Install dimmers and other methods to control brightness. When used properly, these devices can conserve energy and allow you to adjust your lighting.
- Use appropriate bulbs for right illumination (general lighting), as they support the task lighting in the room. Lights with a movable luminaire head are highly recommended for a suitable lighting at the workplace.
- Lighting at the working place should be flexible and energy-saving. Flexible application, energy saving and ergonomics are requirements that have to be met by modern lighting technologies.