had seen a move towards overhead lighting in offices rather than task lights. However
it has been at a cost and companies are discovering that perhaps the best
approach is mixing overhead lighting with task lighting on each desk.
There can be
a relationship between productivity and lighting as staff complain about eye
strain and related problems. After everything else is put in place to ensure
staff are comfortable lighting is often neglected.
needs can vary from person to person from day to day. People can see
differently if they are tired or sick rather than more healthy and alert on a
particular day. Older people may need more light than younger people or if
anyone has particular eyesight problems. Not only do different people have
different visual requirements but a selection of tasks in an office all need
different lighting requirements.
of task lighting is that it is controllable. This can be over the immediate
work area on an adjustable arm for optimal comfort. This provides flexible
focussed light. With a choice of base, desk clamp, desk screen mounted, or
floor standing there has to be a version to suit everyone.
magnification is used lighting is still important. Small print size, faded
print, or poor contrast print such as dark print on dark background all will be
compensated by good lighting.
lights can also significantly help with the utility bills as trying to maintain
overhead lighting to the right level directed to desk tops could cost more than
an effective task light with low energy consumption. Using low energy task
lights can make a significant saving.
can be easily installed, cleaned and bulbs changed. They can be easily moved
with not too much worry about overhead lights.
can have a great environmental effect by reducing energy consumption of the
buildings lighting demands. In the USA it is thought that lighting accounts for
20 – 25 percent of the electricity used annually. Lighting in industrial
situations. shops, offices, and warehouses accounts for 80 – 90 percent of the
total use. If energy efficient lighting was used in every area that it was
profitable then the energy used for lighting could be cut by 50%.
weighting all the facts up a lighting layout that incorporates overhead and
task lights makes great sense. It also makes Psychological sense by giving
individuals control over their work space lighting.
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