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Your Guide to Office Lighting

The lighting in your office may be the most important element you take for granted. So much in the modern business world depends upon being able to process visual information easily and accurately — and the quality of light has a lot to do with how well your employees can do that. In addition, the morale and engagement of your workforce may rely at least somewhat on the mood created by lighting. However, not enough managers or property owners spend much time thinking about how to create the right lighting plan for their spaces. The choices they make can end up making work more difficult for employees. At the same time, utility bills may be more expensive. Because lighting is so crucial — but so often ignored — here are some basic questions to ask when choosing lighting options and fixtures for the workplace.


How Flexible Is It?

You wouldn’t necessarily ask an accountant to make a sales pitch to a potential client. He or she has a different skillset than a salesperson. Likewise, you shouldn’t expect one type of light fixture to fit all situations in your workspace. In addition to overhead illumination, your employees may need task lighting such as a desk lamp or a spotlight for detailed work. Maximizing the amount of natural sunlight that enters your space also gives you a lot of flexibility and reduces your dependence on the electrical grid.



Is It Energy-Efficient?

You want all of your operations to be as streamlined and efficient as possible. That includes how you keep your workspace illuminated. Because lights most likely have to be left on throughout the workday, your facility consumes a lot of energy. That has a definite effect on your bottom line, because the more resources you use, the more you spend on them. When creating your office’s illumination scheme, you should think about how it will impact your utility bill. Keep in mind that LED or CFL bulbs use a significantly smaller amount of power than incandescent or fluorescent options.



Do You Have a Good Combination?

Everyone in your workplace has his or her own unique role to play, but they come together to create a prosperous enterprise. The same is true when talking about your light fixture options. Depending too much on one type of source could leave you wanting in other ways. This is why it’s a good idea to use a variety of light sources. Combining natural daylight with the right mix of artificial light can ensure that you have a pleasant and productive place of business under all conditions.



Your lights go a long way toward creating a good working environment. If you keep these ideas in mind, you can create a plan that works in multiple ways.

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