September 16, 2015

The Right Kind of Lighting for Office Work

by TrueNorth Desks

As you consider work environment for your employees, many factors come into play when creating an atmosphere in which they can be productive. Paint colors for the walls, the design and layout of the area, which type of ergonomic workspace to get—all of these choices help make up a great atmosphere. But one major factor that should be considered is type of lighting.

Every employee needs to have adequate light in order to see his or her work, otherwise it could lead to eyestrain and discomfort. But there are still questions to consider, like what kind of lighting should you use?

Here are a few ways to provide optimal lighting for your employees:

Incorporate Natural Light
When you are lighting an office area, make sure to have plenty of windows to let in natural light. It’s a great source of indirect light that isn’t too harsh or glaring. By putting up blinds on the windows, you can control the amount of light that comes in, which can be really helpful to employees. The more natural light you allow in, the less money you will have to spend on other types of lighting, such as desk lamps. It’s the most cost-effective type of lighting you can find.

Minimize Direct Lighting
Direct lighting placed over employees’ desks is usually too harsh to create an efficient working environment. It can often be too glaring, washing out the computer screen and making it impossible to see. The eyes have to work overtime in order to make out what’s on the screen, often leading to eyestrain. In order to combat this problem, use filters to diffuse the overhead lighting. Also, try to rely on other forms of lighting and dim those overhead lights as much as possible.

Think About Furniture
When there are multiple sources of lighting, like window lighting and overhead lights, employees can’t control the way the light hits their desks. If light is coming in at a bad angle, perhaps because of the time of day, then they may be forced to deal with glare or shadows across screens. Traditional corporate furniture is stationary, so the most employees can do to combat the problem is adjust their computer screens, which might be uncomfortable. Motorized standing desks allow employees to adjust the height of the desk, thereby controlling glare. Changing to a different height, either standing or sitting, can correct any issues.

Consider Every Employee and Space
While you’re thinking about how to light an entire floor, you also need to consider the lighting for every employee’s workstation. Everyone needs to have enough light to get their work done. So ask yourself: Are there any employees who are situated away from the windows or who are situated in an area that doesn’t receive a lot of light? If so, you’ll need to add additional lighting to that area, perhaps with floor lamps. And, every employee needs some sort of desk light, or a personal light source that they can have control over.

As you consider the different factors of the office environment, take time to consider the desk you are using. Standing workstations are designed to optimize the working environment for each employee. TrueNorth standing desks are height adjustable, spacious, and allow the employee to choose between sitting and standing. Check out our options of height adjustable desks and request a brochure for more information.

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