September 26, 2018

Lighting Solutions

Lighting Solutions

Lighting in the workplace is extremely important. We offer a range of lighting solutions. If you’re an office worker, you’re probably sick of looking at a display screen all day. But what if looking at that same monitor display screen can have a detrimental effect on your health. Not just the light that is emitting off the monitor, but the lighting in your office are factors as to why you have poor levels of productivity. Natural light is more important than you think and we can help you improve your office lighting.

It is proven that artificial lighting can cause headaches/migraines, eye strain and even some links to Sick Building Syndrome. Whilst having some artificial lighting in the workplace isn’t a bad thing, too much will cause these negative effects. It’s also scientifically proven that some colours of lighting can have an effect on your morale.

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Why is Light Quality Important?

When Light Designers are planning a work space, they often operate on the principle that the definition of ‘light’ is ‘enough to be able to see well and cope with the tasks that will be undertaken in the space’. Scientific research carried out recently states otherwise.

The research shows that ‘light’ is by no means sufficient to provide good vision. This becomes particularly significant when comparing people of different age groups. A 60-year-old requires approximately two to two and a half times as much illuminance as a mid-20-year-old to achieve comparable vision.As a result of the darkening of the eye lens with age,

The Importance of Biologically Effective Light

Everyone has a personal daily rhythm which is ‘circadian’, meaning that it is driven by light and roughly synchronised with day and night. This rhythm may differ slightly between people. Circadian rhythm plays its part in cell energy metabolism also [1] (in layman terms this means our circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells’ powerhouse).

Light is an extremely important factor in the control of the circadian rhythm. The circadian biological clock is controlled by a part of the brain called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN), a group of cells in the hypothalamus that respond to light and dark signals. From the optic nerve of the optic nerve of the eye, light travels to the SCN, signaling the internal clock that it is time to be awake. The SCN signals to other parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel tired or awake [2].

Clinical studies have proven that some modern LED lamps which can almost completely replicate the colour spectrum of sunlight have a biological effect on the production of the hormone melatonin, just like sunlight. So these lamps can give you the same biological ‘triggers’ as you get outside even when you are indoors

Biologically Effective Light Can:

1. Provide the body with light signals which set its internal clock in an indoor environment.
2. Have a stabilising effect on our biological rhythm.
3. Help avoid the consequences of a disrupted circadian rhythm such as insomnia, irritability and lack of concentration.  
4. Encourage longer and deeper sleep.
5. Encourage better wellbeing and performance.

Are the Current Regulations for Light in the Workplace Enough?

Planning regulations exist for new and renovated buildings which ensure a minimum level of illuminance and uniformity of light distribution. But there are a few flaws in these principles:

  1. A single source of uniform light cannot be adjusted and therefore does not fit with the principles of agile working.
  2. Uniform light does not consider that each user requires a different level of light illuminance to work.
  3. They do not embrace the latest findings about the biological effect of light.

It can be argued that traditional lighting concepts are falling behind other areas of a workplace in adapting to modern working.  However, increasing knowledge of the importance of Visual Ergonomics is set to change this.

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What is Visual Ergonomics?

Visual ergonomics is providing flexible workplace lighting. Just as you can adjust an office chair to suit a user’s requirements, you can change the light over your work station.

Visual ergonomics allows you to:

  1. Individually adjust the light illuminance and colour temperature over your workspace
  2. Move the light to suit your working practices
  3. Use intuitive lighting solutions with presence and light sensors to turn lights on/off and adjust automatically

We Have Ergonomic Solutions:

We work alongside LUCTRA  and other manufacturers to provide you with a range of ergonomic lighting solutions:

LUCTRA® lights can be adjusted to deliver higher or lower illuminance over a work area. VITAWORK has presence and light sensors which automatically adjust to the surroundings whilst the rest of the range of task lights can provide various colour temperatures and illuminance depending on the user’s preference. 

Trail Table Pro Desktop Lamp

As we spend 90% of our time indoors, it is important that we get good quality light. Neglecting the lighting conditions we work in can lead to negative effects on our health; such as fatigue, eye strain and in some serious cases, depression. The best light is natural daylight, but where this isn’t possible we can provide you with a fantastic alternative

With the Table Pro desktop lamp you will receive the same positive effects that come with daylight, at all times. Better quality light not only enhances the general workspace but it also promotes high performance and supports the feeling of well-being. Do you have good light at your workplace? Feel the difference by trialling the TABLE PRO desktop lamp for upto 6 weeks.

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Please feel free to email sales@ergomonkey.com or ring 0161 785 8585 for your free lighting consultation with one of our space planners!

[1] University of Basel. (2018, March 6). Our circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells’ powerhouses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 11, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180306093116.htm

[2] National Sleep Foundation (2018) Sleep Drive and Your Body Clock (https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock/page/0/1