Lighting is extremely important in regard to how we focus, how our eyes adjust to different situations throughout the day, and even how much energy we receive to stay awake at work. As important as lighting is, our lives would be much easier if we had control over this factor, but this is not always the case when designing an office space.
Below I will discuss a few factors that should be considered when deciding which light fixture will provide the most benefit to your work environment:
First, it’s important to notice the natural light that your office space already receives throughout the day. Natural light can affect the human body both directly and indirectly. Directly, natural light can help brighten and ehance a space, and indirectly, it can affect our mood and behavior. With an abundance of natural light, workers are happier and healthier, which encourages higher productivity, more energy, and more creativity.
Artificial lighting is another factor that greatly affects the productivity of an office space. Whether the lighting is dim or harsh on the eyes, it’s never good to have employees straining their eyes to read or look at the computer screen. This can trigger migraines and distractions, as well as cause employees to lose focus, which may lead to making errors and missing fundamental mistakes that could impact production.
In order to alleviate some of the stress that surrounds lighting, we at OstermanCron recommend giving each employee a task light. Task lights are used to give a little bit of extra, softer lighting when needed in a work environment.
Horizon, by Humanscale, is a task light offered in 8 different colors to seamlessly complement any aesthetic. Recipient of the prestigious Red Dot Award, as well as a Next Generation Luminaires Award for product design and performance, Horizon resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).