Office Lighting – Improving Productivity While Reducing Costs

Office lightingThe right office lighting does two things: facilitates work while managing costs.

Not only does office lighting affect the productivity of employees, but also, lighting affects their health and mood. Employees who work with bad lighting make more errors. Imagine an employee who reads and writes under bad lighting. It harms his sight reducing productivity but improper lighting will also reduce morale and productivity because of the emotional and psychology effects of light.

Also, proper lighting helps employees notice potential hazards more easily. People work slower in spaces with bad lighting. Their working posture is worse. While overall worker productivity is a function of numerous factors, good office lighting does make a difference.

Generally, it is good to provide uniform illumination in the entire workplace that combines natural and artificial lighting in addition to task lighting where needed.

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Some offices have bad lighting because their lighting levels are too low. Workers aren’t able to see well with these light levels and make mistakes because of it. That has an impact on their productivity impacting the company’s bottom line. Other offices have the opposite problem: too much light. If lights are too bright, it may result in glare. Glare will then affect visibility, and employees’ productivity becomes affected once again. Glare usually happens when broad band light lights desks, just like light from a window. You should reposition the workstations in order to prevent glare from falling into your field of vision.

The best lighting conditions in an office depend on the ideal contrast between lighting your workstation and its surroundings. The ideal lighting contrast should be no more than a ratio of 10:1. You can test what the ratio is in your office space by comparing the light on a desk with the light at the corner of the office. 

Task lighting will also improve productivity in the workplace. To retrofit task lighting or include it in new construction, industrial and commercial customers will pay more upfront but will increased worker productivity in return. In a case study in Reno, Nevada, a post office was renovated to be more worker friendly. This upgrade resulted in huge energy savings: about $50,000 per year. An even bigger surprise was the much-increased employee productivity. This particular office in Reno had the most productive mail sorters in the western half of the country. These productivity gains can be seen across industries in many different types of offices with improved lighting.

With all of this talk about worker productivity, it’s important to note the advances that LED lighting have made for the workplace in the last several years. No longer is commercial LED a harsh, unnatural light, with a low color rendering index. LED lighting technology is both cost efficient and can emit the type of light necessary to keep worker productivity high. Nowadays more and more companies use LEDs, because of their long life span and easy maintenance. Sometimes, they pay for themselves in a few years time.


Offices need great lighting. People work and feel much better in places with good lighting fixtures. They make fewer mistakes and get more work done. Depending upon your needs, modern lighting technology can be a significant investment for your new office construction project or retrofit, but there is significant ROI especially when you consider reduced light maintenance and operational costs with the improvements in worker productivity.