12 · 13 · 2017
Let There Be Lighting
If you do a Google search on the topic of lighting in the workplace, the number of hits you get is equal to infinity. Among the results of the search, you will find these:
- Key principles in lighting from the British regulator, Health and Safety Executive
- This CNN story about the importance of daylight
- An article from Northwestern University about the health benefits of natural light in the office
- The effects of lighting on personal well-being and health in this piece from the German retailer, Lighting Deluxe
- These two pieces from Work Design Magazine, one on the power of natural light, the other on the effects of lighting on productivity.
You will also get this summary from a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
We suggest that architectural design of office environments should place more emphasis on sufficient daylight exposure of the workers.
Besides that, you will get this beautifully brilliant British piece of elegance from this extensive academic study in the Journal of Circadian Rhythms:
High association of color temperature in fluorescent lights could provide a useful substitute to improve wellbeing. Although, further work is necessary in determining the magnitude of likely benefits.
The bottom line is you will get an unlimited supply of information you already knew (or could know) and didn’t need to ask about. So, what’s left?
Unless you’re a bat, a mole, a cave cricket, or a Texas salamander, you need light to function. And if you were any of those things, you wouldn’t be working in an office anyway.
Presuming you are none of those things and are a human being, that means you are a collaborative animal. It means you have specific requirements for the environment in which you engage in your collaborative work. And it means you have psychological, physiological, and physical needs for light like mood maintenance (see “Disorder, Seasonal Affective“), stress reduction, alertness, vitamin D production, and not walking into walls.
Illumination by Design
Kidding aside, to us, light is a design element like every other aspect of your environment. Walls, carpeting, colors, furnishings, functionality, space, traffic flow, light, and more. If we are not optimizing all of those elements based on the requirements of your people and the work they do, we are not doing our jobs.
Your people depend on us doing our jobs so they can do theirs.
Let there be lighting. Otherwise, we will all be working in the dark.
Image by HypnoArt, courtesy of pixabay.com.