The placement and quality of lighting in the workplace can have a significant influence on workers. In addition to aesthetic advantages, lighting can impact health and wellbeing, having an effect on mood, productivity, performance and safety. Here are some tips on workplace lighting, with help from our friends at LZF.
Individual lights on and above workstations provide employees with more control over the levels of lighting. Independent desk and suspension lights offer worker-controlled lighting, and dimmable adjustments allow the intensity of illumination to modified.
LZF’s I-Club suspension lamp provides directional light with one elongated fixture. It can be used individually or in a series over workstations or meeting tables.
The quality of lighting also has an impact. Dim or insufficient lighting means the eyes are forced to work much harder, which can cause headaches, eye strain, fatigue and lack of focus, particularly when workers do much of their work at a computer screen. Harsh lighting is equally harmful, as florescent lighting makes it difficult for the eyes to focus, which can also cause eye strain and trigger migraines.
Asterisco is a cleverly constructed desk light that is ideal for reading materials as it incorporates a lectern for books or tablets at the base of the lamp.
Different levels of lighting or ambience provided within a workspace may be influenced by different types of work activities and the various functions of certain areas. Employees are often more alert and productive in brightly lit areas, and more creative in areas with low light.
Recalling the spirit of mid-century modern design, LZF’s Cuad suspension lamp has a wood veneer-wrapped cuboid shape. Powerful electronic technology ensures that Cuad delivers equal and versatile light and dimmable controls mean light can regulated and adjusted depending on activity or area.
Natural light is undoubtedly the best light, but in modern workplaces with sizeable floor plates, it is often limited or unavailable. When separation between rooms is desired, screens or glass walls can provide physical barriers while still allowing natural light to filter through.
LZF’s Paisley screen is a modular partition that can be used to divide space without obstructing light. Inspired by the droplet-shaped paisley motif, the intricate wood veneer pattern casts swirling patterns on the floor.
Lighting is also a safety issue in the workplace as insufficient lighting can lead to injuries and increased errors. Combinations of wall, floor, ceiling and desk lamps can be used to combat these hazards, which can include inadequate task lighting, uneven lighting, high levels of glare and reflection, poorly lit circulation areas and strong shadows.
Cosmos is a versatile all-round floor lamp that can be used in a variety of workplace schemes including in offices, meeting rooms, receptions and informal areas. The freestanding lamp brings a residential flavour to commercial environments and the various sizes and colours (nine different wood veneer finishes) can be combined to create complex, tailored compositions.
Lighting not only provides essential illumination, but lamp fixtures and the light and shadow effects add warmth and decorative detail to workplace environments. Wall lights, suspension lights and floor lamps in hallways, receptions, break-out areas and office can alter the perception and ambience of a room.
LZF’s Cervantes wall and ceiling lights are inspired by Spanish novelist and dramatist Señor Miguel de Cervantes, who a sported a ruffled collar. Demonstrating the pliability of wood veneer, the latticework-like pattern has elaborate figure-of-eight that make the diffuse light beautifully.
Investing in lighting and lamps can provide return on investment for companies. High-quality and well-considered lighting favourably impacts employees’ health and wellbeing by positively effecting performance, mood, productivity and workplace satisfaction, while reducing stress, absenteeism and workplace accidents.