Part of owning or managing a commercial building is optimizing it to the occupants comfort and safety. With the state of the world as it is today, energy efficiency is a top concern. Energy efficient office buildings are associated with increased building value, higher rental rates, lower vacancy, and increased worker productivity.One of the most important features of any office building is the lighting, and there are several benefits of LED lighting for workspaces.
The American Psychological Association reports that according to Jennifer Veitch, a senior officer at the National Research Council of Canada, the right workplace lighting can improve a worker's mood, overall well-being and commitment to their employer.
LEDs have many advantages:
They are flicker-free. This reduces stress on the eyes, and according to Epilepsy Ontario, flickering lights in the office can trigger epileptic seizures. So it is important that your workplace lighting system does not include lights that flicker.
They can have daylight sensors. These can automatically adjust the lighting depending on the time of day.
They have an extraordinarily large range of colors that are tunable. According to the National Institutes of Health, different colors affect people in different ways.
- Red can make people feel strong, energetic, intense and passionate.
- Green symbolizes wellness, health, generosity, and the environment.
- Blue can increase comfortability, calmness and productivity.
- Purple is associated with creativity, imagination, and wisdom.
- They can integrate with advanced lighting control systems. Features like space utilization and pre-programmed controls give you deeper control and insights into your workspace.
- They are easy to dim or brighten as needed
These features make LEDs fully customizable and increase the positive effects on a worker's positivity, productivity and commitment to their work.
Now, more than ever, everyone needs to take responsibility for the effect they have on the environment. LEDs are the most energy-efficient option for workplace lighting. An LED lighting system can save 25-80% of the energy used by other commercial lighting systems. If a workplace has an energy savings strategy or carbon reduction plan, LED lighting will be of benefit.If your workplace facility is trying to achieve an Energy Star certification or a high Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating, an LED lighting system will bring your workplace closer to that goal.
An LED lighting system is low-maintenance. Since it does not require frequent maintenance, there will be fewer interruptions by maintenance staff on the people in the workplace. They also have a longer life expectancy than other lighting workplace lighting systems. Lastly, LEDs do not contain mercury. Contrary to their fluorescent counterparts, LED lamps are much easier to dispose of.These are only some of the benefits an LED lighting system provides and is a great stepping stone to optimizing your occupants workspace.