A Guide to Office Lighting

A well lit office is a productive office. Glare, visual fatigue or just a generally dim working environment have an obvious impact on productivity so the provision of good lighting in your office is an issue to take very seriously. That's why we at Paperstone supply a healthy range of lights, lamps and light bulbs to complement your office's ambient lighting.

Why are lights, lamps and light bulbs important?

The best lighting conditions to work in are those in which natural daylight is prevalent. We prefer to work in such light and it fact daylight is good for us – it triggers the production in the body of serotonin, essential for our emotional wellbeing, while ultraviolet light from the sun creates vitamin D through our skin which in turn produces calcium for strong bones and teeth. A lack of daylight can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, where possible, as much natural daylight as can be provided is desirable.

However, we're not all lucky enough to work in bright, 20th-floor offices with panoramic views of the city skyline. Some of our workplaces are less glamorous, on dimmer lower floors in built up districts or with fewer, smaller windows or no windows at all. Besides which, it may not be light outside anyway.

The lighting provided by ceiling fluorescent light bulbs is rarely sufficient. An office equipped with such lighting typically receives about 300 Lux while the recommended minimum is 450 Lux. Desk lighting is thus an ideal way to redress this deficiency. It is a misconception that lighting needs to be uniform throughout the office. It fact what is required is that the level of lighting is uniform across each task area, which is normally a small area on the desk. Good desk lighting will improve concentration and speed of execution and will reduce errors and visual tiredness.

Things to note...

  • Incandescent lighting is probably the one we're most familiar with, produced by old-school light bulbs of the sort that pop out of cartoon characters' heads when they have an idea. Coloured incandescent light bulbs can lend a warm feeling to a room. Incandescent light bulbs have a lifespan of up to 1000 hours.
  • Halogen lighting resembles sunlight. Halogen bulbs emit approximately five times as much light as incandescent bulbs and last about twice as long.
  • Fluorescent lighting is very efficient in terms of energy consumption. A fluorescent light bulb may last up to 8000 hours.
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can last up to 100,000 hours!
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