June 6, 2024

Shedding Light on Productivity: How Office Lighting Impacts Your Focus and Energy

Switch on the fluorescent lights and get comfortable in your office chair. Wait why do you find it hard to concentrate? Have you ever thought that maybe the reason behind your lack of focus in the middle of the day could be lurking above you?

Our Internal Clock and Light:

Our bodies operate on a built-in 24-hour cycle called the rhythm, which is greatly impacted by exposure, to light. Light makes up are largest zeitgeber. Since blue light is part of the spectrum of sunlight, and sunlight inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone our body makes to help us sleep. Conversely low blue light levels and reduced light all signal to our bodies it’s time to sleep.

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Enhancing Performance with Ideal Lighting:

Recognizing the connection, between light and our body’s natural rhythm enables us to use lighting in the workplace to boost efficiency and vitality.

Here are some tips!

Embrace Sunlight: Make the most of sunlight in your office whenever you can. Research suggests that workers who have ample amounts of natural light reaching their desks tend to concentrate more, have better sleep patterns and overall health.

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Follow the Suns Cycle: Create a lighting design that reflects the way light changes during the day. For increasing attentiveness in the morning, start your day with the cool and bright lights. Try switching to warmer toned lights for providing a better environment to unwind, promoting a sense calmness as the day progresses.

Your Task Lighting is Critical: Never underestimate the importance of task lighting. Desk lamps can be used to add temporary and directed light to work areas, making it easier to see what you are doing and reducing eye strain while undertaking detailed tasks.

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Discuss Individual Needs: It may be that one employee is comfortable and alert in good bright light, while another needs calmness and a comparatively moderate light ambience to work. Provide lighting that can be set to different intensities or let employees control the lighting in their personal workspaces.

Lighting Problems Beyond Brightness.

It is important to have light, but it is equally important to avoid harsh lighting. There are some other pitfalls to be careful about:

Glare: Overhead lights and windows produce glares that can hamper focus and cause discomfort. Glares can be managed by investing in window coverings, office blinds or light diffusers.

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Flickering Lights: Fluorescent lights frequently flicker and can be highly distracting, contributing to headaches and eye strain.

Color Temperatures: It is a good practice to avoid intense lights (blue rich lightening) in the evening as it may restrain the production of melatonin and disrupt overall sleep patterns. On the contrary choosing warm lighting during the day can induce drowsiness.

Being decisive about the lightening Choices:

It is not merely about changing a couple of bulbs so that you can optimize your office space lighting. View it as spending a bit of money for the health and return on productivity of your workers. These are a few science-based tips that will help you to enhance the lighting levels on your office space and maintaining its positivity and vibrancy which can eventually make your office a better, productive and thriving space.

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