People, Workspace

How office lighting impacts productivity

Axiom Workplaces

Workplace lighting can have a significant impact on the productivity and morale of your staff, as well as a role in their health and wellbeing. It also sets the mood for your business, giving clients and visitors the right impression of your brand. Whether you’re refreshing your interior design or doing a full fitout of a new office, it’s important to understand what lighting is best for different areas.

Of course, there’s more to lighting than simply choosing a good-looking fitting. The right level of brightness and hue can be essential for reducing eye strain and improving the efficiency of your team. In fact, research shows that exposure to what’s known as ‘blue light’—available in sunlight, LCD screens and LED lighting—can improve alertness, attentiveness and productivity. Employees who are around more light (especially natural light) are also more likely to be healthier and maintain a good mood. On the other hand, dim lighting has been demonstrated to make teams more creative and trigger a “risky, exploratory processing style”.

In recent years, the options for office lighting have blossomed, giving you more choices than ever before. We work closely with our clients to choose lighting systems that add visual impact and align with their overall workplace design, while also supporting the productivity of their team so they can achieve their business goals.

Here are a few of our favourites from projects we’ve completed.

Energy-efficient lighting

While most areas in your office must be lit all day long, other such as bathrooms, meeting rooms and stairwells only need to be lit when they are being used. Motion sensors allow you to save energy by automatically switching off or dimming lights until someone comes into the room. Innovative lighting systems can adjust to the amount of natural light in the room, to save energy and maximise the natural light in your office.

LED lighting

LED lighting is the next best thing to natural sunlight. The long-lasting bulbs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, with a lifespan up to 100,000 hours – lasting up to 20 years without replacement. They also give you control over light levels, hue and distribution, to ensure your team get optimum light to maximise their productivity. LED lights are also a safer option, as they generate almost no heat and aren’t hot to the touch.

Recessed ceiling lighting

This lighting style is a popular choice in office buildings, thanks to its flexibility, reliability and energy efficiency. You can choose from downlights, troffer lights, or a combination of both. With their trough-like shape and downward-facing placement, troffer lights allow light to be distributed evenly over large areas, while downlights are more flexible in arrangement. Either way, the variety of trims and lamp options make them ideal for workplaces.

Feature pendant lighting

Pendant lamps add intrigue to your interior design, with a gentle ambient light that suits professional firms, innovative start-ups and creative agencies – as well as collaboration zones in all types of business. There are a huge range of shades to choose from, including timber, steel, wicker, concrete, glass, fabric, copper and more. For a retro touch, consider an exposed Edison bulb with visible filaments and a soft yellow glow.

LED strip lighting

LED strip lights are a subtle and stylish way to light up your office space. The bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, ideal for illuminating design features such as reception desks, shelving, mirrors and ceilings. They also look great in bathrooms, kitchen areas and even outdoors. The strips of LED bulbs are out of sight but easy to replace and maintain, and their brightness can be adjusted to suit the purpose and design of a particular area.

This article in our four-part Design Series focuses on the importance of lighting choices in each area of your office. Check out our other articles on flooring, ceilings and wall ideas. 

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