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And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Believe it or not, right lighting can have a deeper impact on our lives than we had ever known. Humans are genetically programmed to perform better under specific lighting, which is what allows us to react differently depending on our light environment. According to recent studies, an overwhelming chunk of workers agreed that having good lighting in their workspace had a positive effect on productivity, mood and concentration.

Good lighting is staple to harness positivity and to power through a creative block. Whether your office lighting is bright, fluorescent, dim or natural, lights not only affects mood, circadian rhythms and physical health but also impacts work output and imagination. With myriad of options available, it gets really daunting to choose the right colour for office lighting to keep your workforce inspired and engaged.

So, here’s a know how to transform your workspace into a “LIT” workspace (pun-intended):

LED or Luminous Office Lights
It’s okay to have lights that are brighter than your future. LED light is a great energy-efficient alternative to luminous lighting options. While LED lights may be a little expensive, they’re more sustainable in the long run as compared to fluorescent light sources. Luminous office lighting may trigger migraines, disrupt sleeping patterns by inhibiting the production of melatonin. On the other hand, LED lights are more ambient to match time of the day, making it the closest approximation to natural light.

Work in Natural Light
Nothing is better than working in natural ambient light as it reportedly reduces strain to the eyes and headaches. Also, it helps regulate hormones and keep circadian rhythm in line, making one sleep sound at night and work productively the next day. Office architecture plays a key role to ensure ample natural light. Ceiling height, window placements, building orientation, nearby structures all contribute in deciding the intensity of sunlight.

Color and Temperature of the Lighting
Colour and temperature are one of the salient ingredients of well-lit interiors. The hue of the room’s light can significantly impact the look and feel of the decor. Cooler light tones such as blue or white incredibly enhances concentration and productivity, whereas orange and warm yellow lights evoke a feeling of relaxation. A cohesive lighting design ensures ambient interiors and a happy, motivated workforce.

Too Bright isn’t Right
Choosing the right intensity of light is just as important as selecting the colour tones while doing up the office interiors. Bright lighting can overwhelm the vision and can add to the strain that’s already present by constantly looking into screens at the workplace. So, it is essential to keep the lighting controlled and subtle for workstations. Over illumination can cause fatigue, eyestrain and headaches.

Energy Efficient Lighting Design
Energy saving lighting such as LED, halogen incandescent, motion sensor lights are a great way to save energy. Now more than ever it has become important to have sustainability weaved into your business vision. Amidst rising concerns about deteriorating climate conditions and rising temperatures, organizations have to take steps towards becoming eco-friendly. LED lighting offers such a sustainable option by reducing the overall energy consumption by almost half for the same usage.

At OneCulture, we believe in the right suite of luminaires. A perfectly illuminated office interiors will pay real dividends when it comes to employee motivation and satisfaction. The right mix of energy-efficiency and lighting ergonomics are sure to make office interiors well-lit with a happy and healthier workforce.