Ideal Lighting for Your Office

Lighting affects more than just what you see—it actually affects how you feel! According to several studies, poor lighting can cause everything from headaches to visual fatigue, irritability, and depression.

Not only does this affect an office’s productivity, but it directly affects the quality of life that employees in that office are experiencing every day. On the flip side, simply putting some extra thought into the office lighting design can improve moods, encourage wakefulness, and boost work morale.


Types of Lighting

  • Overhead Lighting. This type of lighting is usually more dim because there is much more of it. However, fluorescent overhead lights can cause serious discomfort. As such, you will want to combine overhead lighting with other types to truly create a bright workplace.
  • Natural Light. Nothing can beat the feel of real sunshine when you’ve been indoors all day. That’s why windows and skylights are valuable resources. While it generally isn’t possible for every office or cubicle to have a window, a good lighting design should take advantage of the spaces where windows already exist. Place desks in the vicinity or have it be a gathering area; either way ensures that your employees have easy access to the natural light.
  • Task Lighting. Often overhead and natural lighting just aren’t enough. In these cases, consider adding task lighting to all of the employee desks. Tasks lights are small lamps that can be plugged into any outlet to provide extra lighting right where the employee needs it.


Factors to Consider

In addition to the types of light, there are several other factors to take into consideration when designing an office lighting system.

    • Illumination Levels. Light levels are important for employees to comfortably view their work. The average illumination level required for a work space with computers should be at least 500 lux.
    • Colour. Different colours affect people in different ways. Having different colours aside from fluorescent white is a great way to find balance.


  • Illuminating Zones. There are various areas in your office including reception, common areas, conference rooms, and hallways. Ensure that each of these is lit in a way appropriate to the space by combining different types of lighting.


Office lighting design is integral to the success of your employees. But if you find the process more intimidating than fun, don’t be afraid to call in the experts. We will be happy to help you put together a lighting strategy that will encourage productivity and keep your people happy and healthy all through the work day! Contact us today to get started.