Do you always feel the Monday blues every time you are in the office because of the lights?
Well, don’t worry because you are definitely not alone. In fact, many employees are not really satisfied with the lighting in their offices. It only means that the problem is not a matter of personal taste but more of a daily ergonomics problem.
The Big Role of Lighting
Lighting is regarded as among the most crucial factors when it comes to ergonomics. However, this is usually one aspect of office design that is sacrificed, rushed, or overlooked. After some time, you will notice the frustration of your employees as they use their own floor lamps and table lights just to get the right blend of less corporate ambiance and visual accuracy. Some might even go to the extent of taping shipping boxes together just to reduce the screen glare from overhead fluorescent lights or loft windows.
Everyone knows how dim lighting can cause headaches and eye strain, lower productivity, and result in employee fatigue. Aside from that, dim lights might also lead to lack of focus or drowsiness.
Harsh lighting is an even more common culprit. This is equally dangerous as dim lighting and can also cause eye strain or trigger migraine headaches.
A person’s cortisol levels can have a signicant drop under poor or artificial lighting conditions. This means that you will feel more stressed out with reduced ability of stabilizing your energy levels.
Good thing that there are several things that can be done to address bad lighting.
Go Au Natural
Windows can determine the level of satisfaction of an employee with a building or office. Natural lighting will not just affect how well you can see but also boosts hormonal balance, energy level, and mood. It also reduces absenteeism because of less work fatigue and fewer illnesses that means employees enjoy more time to recharge their bodies.
Lessen That Irritating Glare
For laptop or desktop work, it is best to use properly distributed diffuse light. There will be fewer glare surfaces or hot spots in the employees’ line of vision. The contrasts formed by object shapes will be softer as well. A good design trick to try is the use of matte and light paint finishes and colors on walls. These can reflect indirect lighting and reduce contrast and dark shadows.
Go for Smarter Light Bulbs and Lamps
Lamps can offer indirect lighting and lessen the glare while lights on dimmer switches provide more control on what type of lighting is suitable for the room. There are also daylight bulbs that can mimic natural lighting. It is highly recommended to install lights parallel to workspaces and windows to create the perfect balance between artificial and natural light and avoid glare and shadows.
Task lights can also be used closer to work desks instead of using overhead lighting throughout the day to lower the energy consumption in your office.
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