How Your Office Lighting Can Effect Your Employee Productivity

In recent years, there has been a shift in the look and feel of office spaces, with large companies such as Google and Facebook investing in unusual workplaces which are designed to help employees feel and work at their best. However, businesses don’t need to invest heavily in new office spaces to increase employee well being and performance.

A study from the City University London discovered that there is good evidence of an association between lighting and work performance. Companies of all shapes and sizes should consider investing in optimum workplace lighting as a means to develop work environments promote well-being and performance. They can even reduce the likelihood of employee stress, absenteeism, and industrial accidents.

Do we get enough natural light in the workplace?

Studies have consistently shown that sunlight has a positive impact on workers’ well-being and that employees prefer to work in natural lighting. However, this is not always possible with modern working environments often including 24/7 working, shift-work and office work. Therefore, there is usually a need for artificial lighting for some, if not all of employees working periods.

As a result, the best solution is to provide a mixture of natural and artificial light.

How can lighting negatively impact employees?
Lighting that is too bright, flickers, and can’t be adjusted can influence employees productivity in several negative ways;

  • Eye strain
  • Visual discomfort
  • Low mood
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Aching

All of these could impact the performance of an employee, particular if a job relies on visual acuity such as a computer-based job role.

What are the best lighting options for employees?

There are several ways office lighting can provide illumination to offices, workplaces or specific tasks. Lighting can be used in certain ways to enhance productivity and create scenes and moods for different zones within an office.

It’s been recorded that different types of light can have a different impact depending on age and gender. For example, older adults show a negative mood in cool, blueish light, whereas younger adults show a more negative mood in warm, reddish light.

Here are our favourite options:

  1. Direct ceiling pendants
    One of the most common types of workspace lighting is the ceiling pendant. These provide light directly from the ceiling and are best used in large, organised workspaces and produce a consistent light that reduces glare and maintains a consistent mood throughout the day.
  2. Indirect/direct ceiling lighting
    Suspended from the ceiling, pendant lights can provide warmer light than direct ceiling pendants and help structure open plan office spaces and specific work zones. Offices with conference and meeting rooms and breakout areas benefit from this style of lighting, where work is focused around a specific area such as a meeting room table.
  3. Controlled task lighting
    Perfect for high concentration task areas, controlled task lighting provides multi directional lighting with controllers for dimming and brightness. This style of lighting is perfect for spaces that require a diverse set of scenes throughout the day, for example if natural lighting is strong in the morning, but significantly reduced in the working day.
  4. Free standing and desktop lighting
    Individual control and flexibility is the main benefit of free standing and desktop lighting. These provide greater control over the task and workspace, but aren’t suitable for highly structured and efficient layouts such as call centres, but would improve the overall feel of breakout areas such as chill out rooms.
  5. Spotlights
    These lights are ideal for creating specific zones, wall mounting, artworks and portals, and are flexible enough to be swivelled and repositioned. These are ideal for creating separate scenes within an office and aid relaxation and general productivity. They are also great for vertical visual information such as cabinets and bookshelves.
  6. Wall Lighting
    Providing vertical light up and down walls, these are often used to set the mood for rooms. For example, conference rooms and meeting areas benefit from cooler lamps, whereas breakout and chillout areas can use warmer lighting to define spaces.

Lighting and productivity

Modern office workers are estimated to spend 90% of their time indoors, so it’s imperative that lighting is right! Whilst many may not be aware that the lighting in their offices is impacting them, the connection between lighting, and overall productivity is significant.

Lighting can make employees:

  • More alert
  • More productive
  • Less stressed
  • Less tired


Our services

To benefit from a new lighting system that will have a positive impact on your company, we offer services to create a bespoke solution for your needs. Once accepted, we are with you every step of the way from design and preparing for installation, to ongoing maintenance.

If you would like to discuss your offices lighting and require assistance in planning the electrical installation of a new lighting system, please contact Cooper Weston on 0800 669 6229 or fill in our form here.

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