They say that life is short, and it is even shorter when you think of how much of our time on this planet is spent in the workplace. Most of us are looking at anywhere between 30 and 50 hours per week of sitting in someone else’s building, doing someone else’s work. They very least that we can ask for, it seems, is some quality LED bulbs to help “lighten” the load.
But switching to energy efficient LED lighting isn’t the only way to make the workplace lights a bit easier to handle. Here are our top 5 tips for creating healthier, more productive lighting conditions in the workplace.
1. Thoughtful Lighting Distribution
It’s always worth it to spend some time considering where lighting is going to be required, and how much of it is needed in that spot. Are there any areas that could benefit from a shared lighting configuration? How about areas where lighting will be needed only sometimes?
New builders have the unique opportunity to place top-of-the-line commercial lighting fixtures precisely where they need them to be. However, if you are in an existing workspace, then changing the location of the lights themselves might be more difficult that simply changing up the layout of the actual workspace to take advantage of existing fixtures and natural light sources.
2. Light Quality: Reduce the “Blue Spectrum” of LED Light Bulbs
For most people, the amount of energy saved with LED lighting is reason enough to make the switch from traditional overhead fluorescents, but not everyone knows that some LED lights are much better than others when it comes to eye health.
The infamous “Blue Spike” lighting spectrum of some LED modules (usually the older ones) can be stressful on the eyes because it is not really a natural light color. This is a problem that has been largely reduced or even eliminated on newer LED bulbs, so sometimes simply upgrading to new hardware is a quick way to cut back on that harmful blue light.
3. Update Lighting Fixtures & Reduce Flicker
People in Chicago often complain about the obnoxious “invisible flicker” of LED lighting, but the truth is that this phenomenon is far more common in lighting setups that are not properly selected or installed. When setting up a commercial lighting plan, it helps to have a professional to make sure that all the components of your system (modules, drivers, controls) are optimized within their circuit to keep flicker to a minimum.
4. Dynamic Lighting Control
Installing a dynamic control system for your lighting is a good way to maintain consistency in your lighting scheme, which in itself is an important factor in eye health. While it is not always a feasible idea to give lighting control to the employees or tenants, it is possible to create timed schedules for activation, de-activation, dimming, and color shifts.
Other dynamic control systems include more basic elements like motion sensors and light sensors, which tend to have more direct positive effects on your monthly energy bill.
5. Emulate Natural Light Cycles
Have you ever wondered how that “internal clock” of ours is actually powered?
As it turns out, the pineal gland has some pretty strong opinions about the blue wavelengths associated with commercial lighting and industrial lighting. In the presence of such wavelengths the gland will not send out the signals that your body needs to properly prepare for a good night’s sleep.
LED light fixtures have the unique capability to not only shift their color and wavelength according to preference, but they can do so automatically, slowly preparing everyone in the building for a more restful night’s sleep.
Better Lighting for a Better Business and Healthier Employees
Creating a healthier commercial environment in Chicago doesn’t always have to expensive, but it does require a little bit of thought. Talking to a professional lighting engineer is the best way to get the most human-centric lighting schemes possible.