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How lighting impacts workplace productivity

Lighting — the good, the bad, and the ugly — can have a significant impact on employees’ mental health and performance can be significantly altered by the amount and type of lighting in your office.

In fact, effective lighting has been found to decrease depression and improve mood, energy, and alertness. Here’s how businesses can design their workspaces with lighting that delivers the optimal place for employees to think, create and collaborate.

Daylight enhances human performance.

Daylight features to help employees regulate their circadian rhythms. When these rhythms are offset, employees experience stress, but a building that incorporates daylight can enhance human performance.

Lighting design creates ambience.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to lighting in the workplace. It depends on the atmosphere that we are trying to create within the work environment, eg, the academic library, designated as a room to keep people relaxed, was fitted with warm lighting to instill a sense of comfort.

How to improve your home office’s lighting

1. Utilize your room’s natural light first.

Before you charge ahead and fill your room with as many colorful lights as you can find, take a look around and identify ways to make the most of the room’s windows – if it has them. Windows can provide an abundance of natural light, which not only is much easier on human eyes, but also incorporates the world outside your room. Additionally, more natural light around your work desk can help you concentrate on your various tasks more effectively and won’t clutter your room so much with unnecessary lights.

2. Add overhead lights.

While natural light is ideal for any space, it can’t always fill an entire room. This is where overhead lights come in handy. By placing overhead lights in otherwise dark corners or spaces in your office, you’ll help lift the mood and create a more welcoming ambiance.

3. Purchase bright desk lights.

There’s nothing quite like a trusty, classic desk lamp. The primary function of these lights is to bring your gaze into focus.


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