Everybody knows the importance of good and bad lighting, whether it’s for your selfies on Instagram or for the office space at work, and it’s crucial that the correct lighting is used in each environment effectively. Lighting can maximise your mood, improve work ethos and help in creating the perfect office space.
According to The Hawthorne Studies in the early 1920s, researchers were in broad agreement that physical conditions in the workplace such as illumination, temperature, noise and humidity had a significant impact on worker productivity. They believed that if workers were provided with optimum environmental conditions, their work rate and performance would inevitably improve. Elton Mayo – an Australian researcher from Harvard Business School – was the first researcher to test these ideas. He pioneered a series of now classic studies that examined the impact of a series of environmental factors like lighting, temperature and humidity on employee productivity by manipulating levels and recording employee output.
Office lighting should encourage alertness and productivity, and modern innovation in terms of both interior design and lighting technologies has enabled companies to offer nothing but the best to their employees in terms of an office ambience.
Nowadays, design firms use glass partitions for all offices and soft indirect lighting to create airy volumes that blur the distinction between interior and perimeter space.
Natural light — or daylighting — provides the stimulation needed to regulate human circadian rhythms, or the internal body clock.
In addition to circadian rhythms, natural light also affects our moods and can increase productivity and comfort in a workplace setting.
2. Smart Lighting:-
Flexibility is one natural benefit of smart lighting design. New advancements in lighting controls have made lighting for mood easier than ever. Newer LEDs with integrated controls and the ability to dim to warmer colour temperatures as and when needed have proved great for productivity as the lighting conditions during different times of a day must be different to maximize both employee efficiency and energy efficiency.
The ill effects of poor lighting are more prominent and will give you a better idea of the benefits of the correct lighting.
Researchers have been able to document consistent effects in relation to the impact of lighting on visual performance and health. Poor lighting can result in eye strain, fatigue and aching, which in turn is likely to lead to deterioration in performance.
Harsh lighting is a much more common culprit. It's just as harmful as dim lighting, causing eye strain and even triggering migraine headaches.
According to studies, "Our cortisol levels drop significantly under artificial or poor lighting conditions. That means that we'll be more stressed, and have less ability to stabilize our energy levels."
Coworking spaces should focus on the kind of lighting they provide. Open spaces tend to immediately prove as a boost to one’s productivity and if paired with good amounts of natural or indirect lighting, the spaces shall find their coworkers immensely satisfied with the experience. CoKarya endeavours to set the tone in this regard!