23 July 2020

5 Tips For Lighting Positioning When Designing An Open Plan Office

When developing a design scheme for an open plan office it can seem daunting at first. A vast empty space staring back at you may feel like it can never be the creative hub you were looking for.

One of the first things you will need to consider when designing your new space is lighting - as it is often the first thing to be fitted. Follow these easy steps to create your new office lighting scheme.

Zone your space

Think first about zoning your space and use your lighting and furniture to do this instead of unsightly walls and partitions. Investing in fluorescent lighting as a quick fix is luckily now a thing of the past as this one size fits all approach is not conducive to a productive office space. Your lighting scheme needs to be as changeable as your furniture and choosing the right light for each purpose is key. You wouldn’t put an armchair at a desk so make sure that you don’t use this same approach on your lighting.

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Many studies have shown that bad lighting will affect an employees performance. Glare from lighting can bring on eye strain, headaches and dull lighting can make you feel tired and unmotivated. Consider using recessed LED lighting in places where tasks are carried out. This will mean that the light is not headache inducing but means it is still practical for the space. If recessed lighting is not an option, look for ceiling lights with enclosed bulbs and hang them just above head height to reduce strain on the eyes.

Light up the room 

We may think that feeling sleepy within the office is bad for productivity but in some spaces this might be beneficial. Where people are resting and enjoying their breaks feeling calm and at peace will help them to feel refreshed when they are back at their desks. Think about using muted lighting in these areas and ambient bulbs to bring on rest and relaxation. Floor lamps and table lamps are perfect options for this.

When you are planning your space do not forget about the importance of daylight within the office. Having access to daylight helps moods and reduces the impact of mental health disorders. Plan your new office layout around the sunlight. Spaces where you spend most of the day should have the most access to sunlight. Also, think about the position of the sun throughout the day. You may find that different areas need support from artificial lighting at different times of the day. Zoning your lighting scheme around the sun's movements is key to a happy office.

blue roomFind the light that matches your needs

Lastly, think about the tasks which are carried out in your office. If you are a designer or architect you may need access to a brighter light for detailed tasks. Look for task desk lighting to support these job roles with a high lumen output. Lumens measure the brightness of the light and anything over 900 would be suitable for these tasks. If you are working at a screen most of the day you may not need desk lighting as the ceiling lights will provide enough support. Desk lighting can often produce shadows and screen glare and so may not be practical for every space.


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