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Tips to improve your office lighting

January 01, 2020

Lighting plays a major role in an office's design and, just like the layout of an office, it can have a huge impact to the people who work in this space.

 

Lighting can influence everything from how people make decisions – brighter lighting causes people to respond more emotionally – to how well people sleep at night; dim lighting causes restless sleep. Lighting design is so often overlooked when it comes to office design, but it can have a significant impact on the health of your staff and overall company image.

 

Here are a number of ways that having well considered and set up office lighting can impact on the wellbeing and productivity of staff. After all, good office lighting can also help you relay a good impression on clients.

 

1. Fitting LEDs will save money and provide a better quality of light

 

Fluorescent tubes have long been the bulb of choice for offices as they are cheap to buy and fit, suitable to be installed in suspended ceilings and can light large areas. They do however incur flickering and bulbs becoming dimmer with age, meaning the quality of light can be poor, meaning over time they are far from ideal for office environments.

 

LED lighting is by far the popular alternative for offices. They have been seen as an expensive option for offices, but are more cost-effective than fluorescent lighting.

 

They are a great deal more energy efficient than fluorescent tubes as they last far longer and use much less energy to operate. Additionally, they don’t contain mercury and other chemicals found in fluorescents, which can be harmful to the environment. As a result of these developments and enhancements, fluorescent lighting is almost no longer used in the UK.

2. Utilise natural light

 

This is one of the best assets in office design as it can make an office look instantly brighter and more welcoming. It should take the lead, with artificial lighting increasing the light to sufficient levels helping people feel more connected to the outside world whilst being able to work comfortably. Good levels of daylight in an office can increase productivity and sales by up to 40% and creativity by 15%. Employees who have more exposure to natural light sleep longer, exercise more and have a better quality of life than if exposed to weaker lighting levels. It's been said that commercial buildings with no windows are worth about 20% less in rent than those with windows; it’s well worth considering utilising natural light as much as possible in an office. Lighting an office naturally can cut energy costs too; more natural light means less artificial light is required and lower energy bills.

 

Daylight integrated lighting control systems help regulate the level of artificial light in response to the level of natural light in a space. As a result, artificial light will be automatically dimmed depending on how much natural light is present.

 

3. Install a lighting control system

 

Lighting control systems can help save energy in an office building as they respond to how each area of the office is used. Adding one of these systems into an office redesign or fit out means you can get better efficiency of any new lighting that has been installed in terms of performance and energy saving capabilities.

 

Lighting control systems will also help you to save money by regulating the lighting in different areas of your office. Areas not in constant use, such as corridors, toilets and meeting rooms, will benefit from a lighting control system as this will ensure these areas are only lit when people are present. Occupancy control sensors ensure that the areas are lit when in use and that lights are switched off when they are not needed.

 

Lighting control systems also enable a level of flexibility to the level of lighting that is vital in modern offices. Dimmer switches can be installed to control light levels in meeting rooms where projectors are used.

 

Blinds and window dressings can also be considered for lighting control. Perforated blinds maintain the view outside of a window whilst redirecting sunlight onto the ceiling.

 

4. Lighting suitable for every task

 

Modern offices demands their own type of lighting to suit the requirements of its workers. It’s vital that lighting is incorporated well so your employees can work comfortably and effectively. Open plan offices can easily become flooded with artificial light as ceiling lighting has to be strong enough to illuminate people’s desks. This can lead to glare from overhead fluorescent lighting and over-illumination, both of which can have a negative impact on people’s health and a waste of energy.

 

Lighting should be layered to avoid over-illumination. Instead of all the light coming from the ceiling, this general lighting is layered with ambient and task lighting, to allow greater control of how an individual’s workspace is lit. Event an adjustable desk lamp can provide extra light when working on specific tasks and adjustable floor lamps can enable an individual to personalise their lighting.

 

5. Use lighting to zone different areas

 

Lighting can be a great way to help relay your brand values and complement your office design to create a strong and clear, impressive first impression. It can help to define different areas in an open plan office, optimising the space available.

 

Office lighting has more influence on company productivity than you think. Though often an overlooked aspect of office interiors, installing correct lighting can make staff feel more relaxed and focused while also creating an inviting atmosphere for guests. Consider good office lighting to also be an investment in your staff’s health and productivity. Poor office lighting ideas can cause health issues like migraines and fatigue which can lower their quality of work and effectiveness or even increase the number of sick days taken. Don't delay this investment; invest wisely today and your business will see no end of benefits.

New Slamp Architectural Lighting Catalogue

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Lighting in retail - designing for success

April 24, 2019

When setting up your retail store, there are a lot of questions to answer: how to best display your products, where certain products should go, how the general layout of your store should look, and much more. All of these elements play their part in helping to create the ultimate shopping experience for shoppers.

 

But what about lighting design? While lighting may be an afterthought for many retailers who are just starting out, good quality and well installed retail lighting can provide much more than simple ambiance. This basic utility can also impact your sales and customer experience. For example, it can be used to highlight flagship products and displays and highlight POS areas to significant effect.

 

A recent study from Lux suggests that in-store lighting can actually help guide customers through your store, and increase the average spend per customer: “Zumtobel claims a fashion retailer in Germany saw its sales go up by around 12% compared to another local store, after it installed a new lighting scheme specially designed to appeal to the personality profile of its target customers.”

 

So, how can you leverage your lighting design to bolster your bottom line? Let’s take a look at how you can create a lighting strategy that will work for your store and your products.

 

How you hang your lighting, where you direct your lighting, the type of lighting you install, even through to how many lighting fixtures you install all play their part in how well your store is able to work. Good lighting in the first instance and well thought out displays make no end of difference in getting footfall through the door in the first place. Utilizing the fixtures and fittings and creating a clear flow within your store will pay dividends in creating the ultimate shopping experience.

Architectural Lighting in the workplace

April 24, 2019

Lighting your office efficiently and effectively makes great sense and is a great investment for any business. Though you may need to keep within a budget, this shouldn’t be treated as another business overhead. The ideal lighting solution will have a considerable impact on the office environment and play its part in creating a more productive workforce.

 

The overall office environment has a significant impact on the performance and productivity of staff at work in a variety of ways. One of the most influential factors in the office environment is the lighting. From concentration to satisfaction levels, studies have shown that an individual’s health, well-being and performance at work can be influenced greatly from the quality of the lighting.

 

From eye strain to headaches, a worker’s health and wellbeing can be adversely affected by poor lighting. There are a number of other ways it can also take effect. From wakefulness to contentment, well-designed lighting does much more than address simple health and safety requirements. Office worker satisfaction and productivity can be positively affected by well designed and integrated lighting.

 

Our exposure to light is responsible for sleeping and feeling well and as such, influences our productivity. Today, most people work indoors and when there is a lack of natural light, our body clock loses pace. This can create a knock on effect, resulting in tiredness and listlessness. Lighting is therefore much more than simple illumination as it can inspire and establish a set mood.

Article on the Prominence of Architectural Lighting

January 11, 2019

Lighting plays a major role in how we experience the architecture around us. Whether buildings and structures are lit naturally or artificially, it is the medium that enables for us to see and appreciate the beauty in the buildings in which we are present.

Architectural Lighting is able to bring an emotional value to architecture, helping to create an experience for those who occupy the space. Without lighting, architecture may not carry the impact intended. Whether it’s daylighting or artificial lighting, it draws attention to textures, colors, and forms of a space. Vision is what enables us to enjoy architecture, and lighting enhances the way we perceive architecture even more.

To create a successful balance between lighting and architecture, there are three key aspects of architectural lighting being aesthetic, function, and efficiency. Aesthetic is where architects focus on the impact the lighting and architecture will have on its occupants. Its then down to designers to determine how they want people to feel within a space. This is especially important in retail environments; exterior lighting should draw the consumer in, and the interior lighting should offer a sense of inspiration as they walk through the doors in addition to showing off product.

Function is equally key and cannot be overlooked. We want the lighting to look a certain way, though we also have to make sure it serves its most important purpose, to help us see. Areas should be illuminated so we feel safe as we navigate a room or entire building. We should be able to see the floor and walls, to help create a feeling of reassurance.

The final aspect is somewhat vital in the current day and age of green building and sustainability movements. It’s one thing to create a breathtaking lighting layout, but it’s another to create one which is also energy efficient. This can be done by simply ensuring there is minimal wasted light. Reducing the amount of wasted light ensures greater energy efficiency, which can be helped by installing LEDs instead of fluorescent lighting. From a technical point of view, there is less wasted light with LEDs than fluorescent due to the directional nature of LEDs.

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