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What Type of Office Lighting is Best? 

An empty modern office with LED overhead lights displaying the best type of office lighting.

It has been suggested that light has been a source of inspiration for great thinkers for centuries. Great thinking and great productivity are certainly key objectives for every office, and office lighting contributes to those objectives. Explore which type of office lighting is best for your business and its employees.

Why Office Lighting is Important 

It has been thoroughly demonstrated that the right office lighting improves productivity by creating a more comfortable and pleasant working environment. It can reduce eye strain, headaches, and fatigue, making it easier for employees to focus on their work. It can also increase worker alertness and energy. 

The right office lighting can save money by increasing energy efficiency, thus helping to reduce electric bills. It can enhance workplace safety by helping workers see better in hallways and stairs, and it can contribute to making a better impression on clients and customers.

Office Lighting Variables 

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) sets the minimum standards for office lighting in all businesses. The GSA defines the amount of lumens needed per workstation. Lighting variables include bulb type, color, temperature, brightness, cost, type of lights used, and computer placement.

There is a wide variety of types of office lighting including task lighting and desk lighting, under-cabinet lighting, floor lamps, wall sconces, pendant lamps, overhead lighting, recessed lighting, indirect lighting, and natural light. 

How to Choose the Right Office Lighting 

  1. Examine your workspace to determine where the natural light comes from and whether there is enough existing light to meet minimum lighting standards. See if employees complain about eye strain or a lack of good lighting. Get plenty of employee input. Determine if there are glare problems to be addressed. And consider how you could improve the existing lighting conditions.
  2. Determine the type of office lighting you may need. Plan for varied light levels and types for different tasks and different areas. Make sure to provide adequate task lighting at every workstation.
  3. Take steps to prevent flickering light conditions and prevent problematic shadows.
  4. Develop a lighting design, development, and maintenance plan and secure your needed services.

What Type of Office Lighting is Best 

Natural daylight is the best type of office lighting, but many offices don’t have adequate or consistent access to it. 

Bright white light that is close to natural daylight is the most effective for improving workplace performance. LED lighting readily provides this. Fluorescent lighting, on the other hand, can cause migraines and disrupt sleep patterns. LED lighting is more energy efficient and lasts longer than other types of bulbs, and it can be dimmed as needed.  

Overhead lighting using LED bulbs can provide a uniform shadow-free work environment and lighting levels can be adjusted based on varying office needs. Accent lighting like track lighting can be used to highlight various office features and those fixtures can be aimed and dimmed. 

Task lighting using LED bulbs can effectively focus on work areas without creating glare on computer screens.

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