Updated: Jan 23, 2019
By now, I'm sure most of you are back at work, and looking for ways to brighten up your work space as you hit 2019 with your resolutions sussed, and your energy angled towards success.
If there's one thing most people overlook when they are changing up their office interiors however, it's LIGHTING! Therefore, we've decided to, errr, "shed some light" on an otherwise dark area.
I know, it's too early in the year for wordplay.
It's not too early however, to boast reasons why lighting is so important, and the negative health effects associated with poor illumination:
- Lack of ability to focus
- Eye, neck, back and shoulder strain
- Poor productivity
- Depression and mood changes
- Low energy
- Lowered metabolism
- Falling, tripping, slipping due to poor lighting conditions
Fair few there huh?
Last year, we sat down with our team to understand what options we can add to your office, how the timing systems work, the benefits of LED lighting, how to light up your business logo, illuminate images, create fake outdoor ceilings and walls, cool ways to add "natural lighting", and a whole lot more... in fact, we can even light up your tables or benches with a translucent marble finish!
So, why invite more light you ask? Check out our TOP reasons below:
1) Lighting can either decrease or enhance productivity:
Did you know that low levels of lighting can affect your mood, alertness, and even metabolism? It's such an important tool in synchronizing the body and brain, and if you don't get it right, your productivity and health can suffer. While nothing beats natural light to boost Vitamin D levels and promote good sleep, it's not always easy to achieve when you work indoors all day and week. Ever noticed that when you leave plants in the dark, they die? People and plants are BOTH affected by circadian rhythms, so consider the impact it has on your staff week in, week out.
How to fix it? We can offer you tailor made solutions that will allow your circadian clock to adjust to the local environment, giving you the energy burst you need while at work, as brightness colours and levels adjust in the office via a purpose built timer. Basically, we fit lights in your office with a timer that changes the warmth and brightness of light as the sun naturall would, to help you feel more alert! Perfect for offices that don't have much natural light or those who want to boost staff productivity, and a great opportunity to replace fluorescent bulbs that drain energy.
2) Lighting can showcase beautiful artworks:
If you've got a centre-piece in your office or waiting room that really represents your company image, why not bring it into the light? Not only will it make your office experience more inviting, but it will illuminate everything you chose to represent.
How to fix it? If you have an artwork in mind, or a company logo that would look jazzy if it were lit up, we can help you with solutions such as LED light strips that will give it a glow in all the right ways. It's seamless, power saving, brings out brighter colours, and easy to do - when you get the right people on the job!
3) Installing LED (light-emitting diodes) lights can reduce overheads: If you're conscious of your energy bill each month, you'll be excited about this tip! LED lights can improve your energy efficiency by up to 90%, and are used in various situations for factories, office buildings, warehouses, sports facilities, retail stores and restaurants to name a few. We can even install them OUTDOORS if you've got an area you want to light up at night!
How to fix it? We get it, you have to spend money to make money; therefore you sometimes have to FIX problems to create new opportunities too. If you're looking to save money in the long term, and offer your employee's better light for their eyes, then we have a solution for you.
4) The stats are against the darkness:
According to a study from Northwestern University, office workers that have exposure to natural light receive 173% more white light exposure, benefiting them by increasing sleeping hours by 46 minutes per night compared to those who don't. They were also physically fitter, and had a better sense of vitality -
“There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day --particularly in the morning -- is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism,” said senior study author Phyllis Zee, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine neurologist and sleep specialist. “Workers are a group at risk because they are typically indoors often without access to natural or even artificial bright light for the entire day. The study results confirm that light during the natural daylight hours has powerful effects on health.”
How to fix it? With light of course! We have hundreds of LED solutions ranging from waterproof battens, flood lights, emergency viper lights, troffers, strip lights, down-lights, high bay lights, tubes, panels, globes... if you can imagine it, we can create it.
5) We can illuminate the surfaces you WORK on:
Say what now? If you have a real estate office that has a beautiful counter top to show floor plans, you're an architect who needs a bright surface, or you just like the idea of pretty marble in your kitchen/restaurant/retail space/office; we can help.
How to fix it? We have a range of purpose designed table/counter tops from varying materials, including marble that looks beautiful with a little light. Give us a call on (03) 9761 4555 and ask us about our options.
6) LED lights have an increased life span:
LED lights can function efficiently for 50,000 hours. Did you read that right? 50,000 hours. That's probably longer than you've ever thought about being at work I'm sure, but if you could get lighting to work that hard and long, imagine what your employees would do if they were blanketed in bright, beautiful light.
How to fix it? Replace the old, with the NEW. LED lights are proven to last years longer than incandescent and compact fluorescent lights. Plus, remember how good LED's can be for worker satisfaction? Health benefits = work benefits.
7) LED lighting systems can create more energetic, power saving environments:
If your employees hit the 3pm slump, or are just lacking energy during the day, it could be due to your lighting situation. With science backed research on the topic, it's been proven that poor lighting can lead to poor health, poor energy consumption, and poor environmental emissions. If you are in charge of the changes going on in your work-space, make sure you chat to your architect about the benefits of LED.
How to fix it? With a myriad of advanced dimming and control options, we can integrate whole lighting systems into your office space, allowing you to create the office environment that your employees and peers will adore. Ranging from simple switching, on/off time schedules, occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting, these control options can help to greatly reduce total energy consumption and light pollution too.
If that's not stirring thoughts of a brighter future, then perhaps these last little tips about WHY other businesses are trading up to LED lighting applications will:
- LED offers minimal heat production
- Constant output, which does not degrade at low temperatures
- Doesn't flicker
- Provides instant startup
- Increased reliability and less maintenance
- Free from toxic substances
- No UV emissions
- Doesn't attract insects
Mmmmm. You see where we're coming from now I hope.
For your free consultation with our lighting specialist, give us a call on (03) 9761 4555 to schedule a time, or send us through an email at email@example.com
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team