The modern office space is increasingly dynamic, with mobile workstations, open floor plans and employees meeting in common spaces to collaborate on a variety of tasks and projects. Traditional office lighting simply can’t keep up with today’s workplace demands. A quality lighting solution is the key to improving employee performance and boosting comfort and creativity throughout your office.
Whether you are planning a total office refurbishment or simply looking for a quick, cost-effective way to give your staff a boost, lighting should be one of your first considerations.
XXQuality lighting offers an almost immediate return on your investment – according to one recent study, workers who were able to control their own workstation lighting were happier, more efficient, more productive, generated more income for their companies and stayed in their jobs longer than employees who worked in offices with conventional lighting schemes.
If you work in an office with an open floor plan, individual lighting also cuts down on the number of fixtures you need to light the space. This can help you save money on installation and save energy, thereby reducing your monthly utility bills.
Given this kind of evidence, many facilities managers are taking a much closer look at personal lighting options as a way to bolster employee’s satisfaction and productivity. With a personal lighting system, individual employees can tailor their workspace lighting to suit their mood, the task at hand or the time of day.
There are plenty of personal lighting solutions available, so it is easy to create a scheme that works for everyone in your office.
One type of workspace lighting operates on individual dimmer switches connected to standard fluorescent lights. Employees control the overhead light fixtures in their space with a handheld remote, allowing them to customise the light to their own preference.
Another kind of lighting uses a wall-mounted control and infrared remote or PC software to allow staff to manually override automated fluorescent light settings. The system not only gives employees control over the light in their space, but it can be set to automatically detect natural light and adjust accordingly, dimming or brightening the bulbs to achieve an ideal level.
There is yet another system that combines individual fixtures, user controls and digital signals. Instead of controlling groups of fixtures via circuit, fixtures can be grouped by digital location and controlled with a single controller. This is an ideal solution for offices with an open floor plan or companies in which team workspaces are grouped together.
There are also several software programs that can be connected to ceiling-mounted fixtures. These systems let users control their workspace lighting right from their computer including managing designated fixtures, establishing energy-saving settings, and reporting burnouts or fixture malfunctions.
Flexible workspace designs, emerging computer technology and a new generation of workers have presented many new challenges for office lighting designers. But with so much evidence to support the relationship between customised lighting solutions and increased worker creativity and performance, it makes good business sense to review your company’s current lighting scheme.