When it comes to setting the perfect environment in the workplace, there's more than just the paint on the walls and the comfort of the furniture that make for great office interiors in Newbury; the lighting has a big role to play too. We've previously covered the positive effects that natural lighting effects has on the workplace, but there will be times and there may be areas in which artificial lighting is needed. If that applies to your workplace, then being able to use the right amount and type of lighting could be vital in setting the right atmosphere and pushing the productivity of your employees.

What are the benefits of great lighting on office interiors in Newbury?

People are designed to live in innate environments; our bodies are designed to positively react with the varying spectrums of light offered by the sun. Whilst artificial lighting has helped us to achieve great things, it simply cannot offer the same benefits that our outside environments do.

Of course, we can’t be expected to work by big windows by candlelight when the dark winter months set in. As such, being able to find the right balance between the amount of natural and artificial light is vital for any forward-thinking business who wants to use their office interiors in Newbury as a way to inspire and motivate their workforce, even to impress any clients who may visit for meetings. As such, what lighting choices are out there that can provide that fine balance?

Choosing the right type of lighting

Fluorescent lighting has been a common source for indoor lighting in offices and public buildings for many years now. Their purchase cost, combined with their average life expectancy made them a popular choice for those who needed a vast amount of lighting coverage in their buildings. However, despite these benefits, recent studies have shown that their long term effects can be harmful, with the root of their problems being caused by the quality of light that’s emitted.

One of the reasons we rely on natural light is that it provides us with a spectrum of light that reacts favourably with us. The chemical makeup of our bodies are all in-tune with the day-night cycle (the circadian rhythm) and therefore, if we do not get sufficient exposure to a broad spectrum of light, it’s been theorised that this will play havoc with our hormones and leave us feeling disorientated. Fluorescent light produces a very small spectrum, whereas more modern lighting (such as LED) have been designed to reflect a much-larger spectrum that get us closer than ever to producing that natural outdoor environment, indoors.

LED: A better spectrum of light

'Traditional' electronic lighting such as fluorescent, are commonly referred to as 'white lighting' because the spectrum of colours that they emit don't vary away from white. On the other hand, Light Emitting Diodes are able to create a vast range of colours (aside from white) and therefore, are able to produce an infinitely better colour spectrum. The effectiveness of LED's in producing a vast range of light is perhaps best summed up by their usage as screens that show us pictures on our televisions, mobile phones and other media devices.

When it comes to using them as a lighting solution in your office interiors in Newbury, here's why LED lighting is ideal:

  • Energy Efficient – It’s estimated that LED lights use around 50% LESS electricity to function than other types of lighting, including fluorescent, incandescent and halogen. A vastly reduced energy bill will allow for businesses to keep their lights on for extended periods. Due to their flat surfaces, LED’s are also able to ‘aim’ their light towards a specific direction, unlike traditional bulbs, which discharge light and heat in all directions. Being able to control where the light aims, will further save on the energy needed to sufficiently light an area, further reducing the bill every month.
  • Durability – Without needing any glass coverings or filaments, LED lights are resistant to breakage and will be durable in the face of any vibration or other impacts. Instead of glass, the lights are mounted with a circuit board and are connected with leads to ensure a strong base from which to shine from.
  • Extended Life – Unlike traditional lighting, LED’s will not burn out over time, they will simply dim to indicate that they need replacing. These types of lights have regularly experienced a lifespan of anything from 30,000+ hours; the number of which depends on the quality of its lamp or fixture. In comparison, a common light bulb will only last for around 1,000 hours. For office interiors in Newbury, this offers great long-term value.
  • Immediate Switch On – The majority of lamps will not provide their full brightness the moment that they’re switched on, as they take their time to fully reach their maximum output. From the moment LED lights are switched on, they will offer their full capabilities immediately, with no delay in reaching their maximum output.
  • Controllability – As we touched on earlier, LEDs can be controlled to shine on certain areas, which further saves energy. In addition to this, the amount of light that is produced can also be controlled; some lights can be reduced to as little as 10% of the output that it’s capable of producing. Ideal if the business wants to customise the ‘moods’ of certain areas of their office design.

Looking to improve your office design? Get in touch with Oaktree today!

If you would like to learn more on how combining natural and LED lighting can help to show your office interiors in Newbury off in a better light, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. Give us a call on 0345 21 86955 or alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at hello@oaktreeoffice.com.

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