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When designing a workspace in which your employees will spend hours staring at documents and screens, or any room where you’ll be interacting with clients, the importance of proper lighting cannot be overlooked. Lighting has a strong influence on mood and poor commercial lighting could be creating a bottleneck in employee productivity. It could also make potential clients uncomfortable resulting in lost sales. Appropriate lighting can totally transform a room, filling anyone who enters with new energy.
The Effect of Commercial Lighting on Employees
Employees are the lifeblood of the organization. It’s unlikely that your business can perform at its peak if your employees are not working to their full potential, and it’s quite possible that improving productivity could be as easy as changing the lightbulbs. When discussing different colors of light, we generally refer to the temperature of the light. Warm color temperatures appear as red to yellow light, while cooler color temperatures appear as bluish-white light. According to experts and various studies, cooler lighting is more conducive to worker productivity. It has the effect of improving alertness and reducing fatigue by lowering the melatonin produced by our bodies – a substance that usually makes us feel sleepy. Employees who formed part of the studies also reported feeling a greater general sense of happiness when working in a cool-lit room. A happy employee will be a productive employee.
Commercial lighting isn’t just important for your employees’ mental well-being, but also their physical health. Employees working in a poorly lit room could suffer from eye-strain, poor posture from being forced to lean closer to pages or screens, and even headaches caused by overstraining of the eyes. In certain workspaces such as warehouses, proper lighting is vital for ensuring safety as poor lighting can lead to fatal and costly accidents.
Purpose-Driven Commercial Lighting
Whether you are aware of it or not, the lighting of a room can be a huge determinant of your mood. Understanding this allows us to design the lighting system in a room to encourage certain behavior. As stated above, cooler lighting lends itself to alertness and productivity, but what if you want to create a space that is more intimate and promotes a feeling of relaxation?
For example, installing warmer temperature lighting would be more appropriate than cool lighting in somewhere like a hotel lobby where creating a sense of luxury and comfort for guests is your number one priority. Perhaps you want to create a hybrid feeling – a room that is welcoming but still cool enough to keep people feeling sharp and ready to share their insights. Using a white light in the middle of the spectrum may achieve this and could be appropriate for a conference room.
The key is to determine exactly how you want people to feel when they enter the room, and to then choose the type of lighting that will create the desired feeling.
Commercial Lighting and Your Energy Bill
It takes a lot of lighting to keep your business operating and these lights are generally turned on permanently for between 8 and 24 hours day. All of that electricity consumption adds up and in a competitive industry where cost control is essential, it would be silly not to find the most energy-efficient solution.
LED lighting is without a doubt the most cost-effective approach in terms of both ongoing energy bills and capital expenditure on new bulbs. LED lights use 85% less electricity on average than conventional lighting systems and they last longer too with some LEDs burning for up to 100,000 hours. That’s over 11 years of use. If you’re trying to reduce your expenditure on lighting, an LED system is the only way to go.
Installing Commercial Lighting
Commercial lighting installation can be a big job and because it will have such a profound effect on your employee and client well-being, it’s not something you want to take chances with. If you want peace of mind that your lighting system will be installed by the best in the business, look no further than Art Plumbing, AC & Electric. With over 30 years of experience, you can rest assured that your commercial lighting will be professionally installed and will create the perfect ambiance.