Office lighting has historically been an afterthought. Fluorescent light fixtures were mounted flush with acoustic ceiling tiles, green-shaded banker’s lamps were stationed on desks, and a few accent lamps were scattered in conference rooms to lend to a professional atmosphere. Office designers have now broken away from these historical patterns to incorporate advanced LED lighting and other illumination into modern office designs that are also shedding the boxed or cubicle feel of the office of old. The illumination systems of the offices of the future will include considerations of eco-friendliness and energy efficiency, and will have controls that allow office workers to adjust the temperature and color rendering index of lighting to match changing circumstances during each workday.
The Future of Office Lighting
LED lights are the preferred choice for modern office lighting systems. Many modern office designs feature large open workspaces that extend into the interiors of buildings, requiring more lighting to achieve full and appropriate illumination for all employees. LED systems consume, on average, up to 50% less energy per illumination unit than standard incandescent or fluorescent lights. Higher initial installation and equipment costs that may be incurred with LED lights are typically recovered within eighteen months to two years after installation solely from reduced energy costs.
LED lights are also versatile and adaptable to a variety of office needs. A full color tunable LED light system can provide illumination that is very close to natural lighting during a regular work day. Blue wavelength light has been shown to aid in alertness. An LED system’s color rendering index can be adjusted throughout the day, for example, to generate larger amounts of blue wavelength light in the morning and early afternoon, when employee energy levels may be on the wane. LED lighting can also be tuned to make a modern office more attractive for receptions and other evening events after regular business hours.
Versatile Office Lighting Design
The versatility of LED lights has also opened new opportunities for interior architects to design ceilings, walls, and space dividers with patterns and materials that break away from squares and rectangles. LED lighting can be used to define interior spaces by itself, without physical walls or partitions. World-renowned architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, used high-back dining room chairs to define a more intimate dining space within a larger dining room. Lighting architects and designers are extending this concept with LED lights that create separate spaces with unique lighting patterns.
Businesses that occupy non-traditional office spaces, including reconditioned warehouses or other storage facilities, may be faced with higher ceilings and irregular space configurations that are not amenable to traditional lighting. Again, LED lights are the perfect solution for those spaces. Ceilings that reach 20 to 25 feet are not an impediment with targeted LED lighting systems that can be installed and structured to cast light into workspaces. Millennial-generation employees, who often find themselves working in these non-traditional settings, can be given control over the specific quality and quantity of light that illuminates their own workspaces in these environments, which will improve employee productivity and satisfaction.
SpecGrade LED designs and manufactures next-generation LED lighting systems new offices and for existing offices that are considering a lighting retrofit. The company’s products are environmentally friendly and efficient. Please see our website for more information about our products, or call us at 888-657-2563 to speak with one of our LED office lighting specialists.