Lighting in Design Q1 2023

The higher the Colour Rendering Index of a lighting source, the better it is able to render colours of objects as realistically as they would look in natural light. Good colour rendering will also be soothing and easy on the employees’ eyes and will display colours correctly on nearby screens as well. Preferably, lights with CRI of 85-90 should be used to keep the indoors environment looking as natural as possible. 25: One final thing to remember is that your office lighting, its forms and colours and the way it is all placed, should, like all other décor and components of your office space, represent the company’s brand and image as far as possible. Every company has a theme and based on that, it can have furniture, décor and lighting as well. You can experiment with simple lighting from table lamps to overheads, and with more sophisticated sources as well, such as spotlights and chandelier for the reception area. Lighting is not just about requirement; it is also about aesthetics and pleasing visuals.

for example, direct and bright light will be required. In dimmer lighting, the employees will have trouble seeing and will require additional sources of light. In case the employee is working on a computer system, the lighting can be ambient because the screen will already cast a lot of light and using brighter light sources will hurt the employee’s eyes as well as cause strain. 20: Consider having a lighting control system installed for your office. This will help in utilising lighting sources more optimally, saving power and thus saving money. Further, with a lighting control system in place, all the lights fixed in your office will be included in that one system and will make the entire process of monitoring and using the lighting, much simpler. The system will also be able to provide comprehensive information and reports on which lighting sources are consuming more electricity, which ones are used most often and so on. Ensure that the control system is also cognizant of current or preferably potential damages to lighting sources, such as blown fuses, etc, so that the safety of the office and employees is better guaranteed. 21: Look for the lux value of the lights when you are selecting them for the office. Simply understand, lux value is the amount of intensity with which a light hits a certain surface, varying with distance. Experts say that the more light and brightness a task requires, the higher the lux value of the lights should be. For offices, it is recommended that light sources have at least 500 lux value for the necessary brightness. 22: If the office space is vast and spread out, including several pathways and corridors, the company can make use of strip lighting on the floor or along the walls to serve as a guide for people passing through the office. Creative lighting forms can be used here, such as lit arrows, string lights and so on. Such lighting also adds a signature style, grace and a certain class to the office space. 23: While every employee may have different lighting requirements for work, companies should consider taking care of such needs for particular employees. Not just employees with sensitive eyes or migraine tendencies, those who are senior in age may also need different kind of lighting to work well. This also makes the need for customisable lighting even more prominent and useful in the long run. 24: When fixing lighting, specifically lighting systems, remember to check colour rendering.


LiD Q1 - 2023

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