Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Light in the Workplace

One of the most important things interior designers have to think about is lighting... good lighting! Studies find that one of the major health problems associated with poor lightning is eye strain that leads to headaches, fatigue, and stress. Eventually these health conditions can cause a lack on employee productivity and overall discontent {talk about moody days and feeling unmotivated!} about the workplace.


Nowadays, companies are more aware of the importance of providing good lighting and healthy environments at the workplace. Below you can find a few tips for you to improve your workspace or that of those who work with you.


1. Daylight is the best light we can get... so look for ways for you and those you work with to be located in a place where they receive plenty of daylight. In case they receive the light directly put some sheer material to help reduce glare {it can have the same effects as bad lighting}.


2. Complement natural and artificial light... Even though a space needs to have plenty of natural light it needs to be complemented with indirect ambient lighting that is aimed at the ceiling or comes from light fixtures that are covered with a translucent shield.


3. Control your own light... Get task lighting for your desk {or other people's...} that way you can add and control the lighting on your desk.


Have a great and light day!

33 comments:

  1. Placing lights in the right places is my weak spot - I´m not good at it at all. Would like to take a class about it! :-)

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  2. Nice working space, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Thanks for your comment! These work spaces are amazing! Love the colour 'pods' in the last pic x

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  4. the lighting in these work spaces are perfect - you're so right!

    p.s. i am better.....just a bit exhausted. thank you.
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  5. Wow! What great places. I adore those little cubes.

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  6. I totally agree, it's so important. I have had clients on a pretty tight budget upgrade to better lighting once they saw the difference it can make.

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  7. I'd kill for an office like one of these. It would make the work week so much more enjoyable.

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  8. Oh I so agree....lighting is so important! These offices are all so beautiful.
    Happy new week for you and thank you for visiting me the other day.

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  9. I love that last image! Of course natural light is the preferred way to go in my book, and I've actually heard lots of people complain about florescent light hurting their eyes... but sometimes it's just not possible to get all the light you need from a window unfortunately.

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  10. I prefer only natural light and hardly ever turn on a light switch during the day. Luckily I live in Phoenix where we get so much light year 'round :)

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  11. I am definitely going to keep this in mind as I design my home office. I know my desk will be positioned right by the window

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  12. I could not agree more- great lighting is essential. Loving the colored booths in the bottom image!

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  13. it's amazing how much of a difference lighting can make.

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  14. lighting is one of the most important things in interior design. that is why i collect lamps ha! these are some great photos, love the first + last ones!!
    xoxo

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  15. This is so true, lighting is definitely important. I think about when I'm at work it totally affects how you work. You need proper lighting and a good chair. Great post!

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  16. Thanks for your comment. I do love your choices here. It's amazing what a 'little' light would do. These spaces make me miss working outside of the house. I love those colored booths in the last picture. Thanks for sharing xo

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  17. I love natural lighting. Such key element. That last photo makes me laugh.

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    1. What an interesting post! I always find myself trying to sit near a window at work (we have don´t have fixed personal desks), as I love daylight. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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  18. What a timely post–we've been searching for new office space, and I'm feeling so inspired now!

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  19. Lighting is so definitely key to a productive work place too... My eyes used to get so tired from poor lighting. That last pic of the pod space is interesting! Not sure i'd like to work somewhere like that!
    x.o.x.o

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  20. Great post! We all need enough light, and these are the remedies.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  21. I love the natural lighting. But the color cubes are fun too :)

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  22. So many cool work options. And yes, lighting is SO important--I'm at my work desk and squinting as I read this. With the lack of lighting and the constant squinting, hopefully they'll pay for my botox :)

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  23. Lighting plays such an important role in my mood...level of energy...attitude....weight. Sigh! Great post! It's a nice reminder to illuminate my life.

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  24. I used to have such a fabulous office with incredible light. A wall of floor to ceiling windows and the light would just flood the room. Unfortunately now I work in something that's reminiscent of a closet. I purchased lamps when I started to help brighten things up a bit. It's so important to have great lighting especially when you work in a creative field. xoxo

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  25. I'm glad you brought up this issue up. I have a office where I get the most of the daylight, but I had to work under artificial light the other day and felt like my eyes wear drier. (I blame a bad monitor but still!) xoxo
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  26. I love the lighting in the second to last place! So bright and airy but not glaring

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  27. This post is a perfect read for me right now... My division is moving from the 1st floor to the 5th- and I'm getting a window! Ha! I'm looking forward to the increase in sunlight and improvements in the view. :)

    -Ashley
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  28. Lighting is so important!


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  29. Love the last picture and the desk lighting idea is so cool!! Colors and lighting can really help during moody days.

    xx
    Heel in Mint

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  30. This is interesting stuff. I wish I had cool lighting at my work.

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