Office Lighting FAQ Guide

What is the best lighting for offices & meeting rooms?

The recommended lighting you should use for an office environment should be low or glare free. Fluorescent and LED lighting are preferable to other types of office lighting. Any office lighting options need to work alongside the natural daylight that is entering the office area. You need to obtain a medium for both and not create glare or major lighting differences. Office lighting should be consistent throughout and not vary dramatically as to not cause the eyes to continually adapt causing eye strain and fatigue.
Indirect or direct/indirect light fixtures provide the best lighting solutions for many offices. This kind of light fixture hangs from the ceiling and gives more even illumination and reduces the need for glare.

Lighting is based on the amount of lux. Lux refers to the unit of illumination. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), general office environment for display screen equipment work is between 200 and 500 lux, depending on the type of office work involved. Where fine detailed work is carried out a higher level of lux is recommended. A lower level of lux may be used when lighting meeting rooms where there may be less concentration and detail involved.

Lighting fixtures and fittings are extremely important when choosing your lighting, as different fittings can help with light direction and help reduce glare.

 

Can office lighting be too bright, make you tired and cause headaches/migraines?

 

Working in an office environment can put unnecessary strain on your vision and requires good lighting for maximum comfort and productivity. Lighting needs to provide enough illumination so that people can see documents clearly whether it be printed, handwritten or displayed, but are not blinded by excessively high light levels. Many poor lighting issues can bring on common complaints such as, eyestrain, eye irritation, blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches. Vision is not the only issue lighting effects, stiff necks and shoulder pain also occur – this is due to workers not having the correct posture because they are struggling for the correct light!

 

How much energy do office lights use?

Research shows that up to 40% of a building’s electricity use is accounted for by lighting so making sure you have economical lighting is essential in saving you money. A cost saving option is to invest in sensor lighting which is activated by movement – this is more for spaces that are not used frequently and do not need lighting all day. Another option are Daylight sensors which adjust the lighting according to the amount of natural light in an office. Keeping light fixtures and fittings clean can help improve their performance. As time goes on, most illumination options now provide low energy lighting and are cost effective.

LED lights can be hugely beneficial but there are many fluorescent lighting on the market that can also compete with the LED lights. White LEDs are available in a wide range of colour temperatures and generally the cooler versions are more efficient.

A poor lighting scheme is a complete waste of energy and money, not to mention unhealthy for your employees. Getting correct help when planning your lighting is essential to your business.