Having an effective lighting set-up is a crucial element when creating a productive place of work, especially during this time of year when access to natural light is limited. Insufficient or poor-quality lighting can often be overlooked, even though it has been shown to have negative affects both mentally and physically.
The symptoms of insufficient lighting in the workplace can include:
- Eye Strain
- Stress & Anxiety
- Reduced Productivity
- Poor Posture (caused by straining to see)
- Increased chance of accidents
What can you do to ensure you have Effective Lighting?
There are a range of considerations to be made when designing the lighting for a commercial premises. Different areas will require varying amounts of light, task lighting may be beneficial over general lighting, the colour temperature should be suitable, glare will need to be avoided and emergency lighting will need to be accounted for. All of these requirements will vary based on your specific usage and environment; therefore, we suggest contacting a professional to design your lighting. A calculated lighting design will account for all of these variables, creating a tailored specification to meet your requirements.
It’s also important to make sure you are getting the correct type of lights. The supply of halogen lamps has already been banned as of September this year, with fluorescent lights set to follow suit in September 2023. Many offices and warehouses up and down the country are equipped with fluorescent lighting arrangements, usually in the form of tubes (often called strip lights). Compared to LED lighting, fluorescent lights are power hungry, produce excess heat and are prone to failure or flickering. Therefore, we suggest selecting LED lights, which use up to 80% less energy and last up to five times longer – saving you money in running costs and maintenance whilst providing a better quality of light.
Here at MDS Electrical we in-depth experience in the installation of commercial lighting arrangements. If you are based in Peterborough or surrounding areas and are looking to upgrade your lighting to be more effective and efficient, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a consultation by calling us on 01733 698151, alternatively you can click here to send us a message.