How office lighting impacts productivity

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

How office lighting impacts productivity

The Axiom Projects Design Series - Part 3


This is the third article in our Axiom Projects Design Series. Missed the others? Check out our creative office wall ideas for your next fitout and the best office flooring for your business.


Your office lighting can have a significant impact on the productivity and morale of your staff, as well as play a role in their health and wellbeing. It also sets the mood for your business, giving clients and visitors the right impression of your brand. Whether you’re refreshing your interior design or doing a full fitout of a new office, it’s important to understand what lighting is best for your needs.

Of course, there’s more to lighting than simply choosing a good-looking fitting. The right level of brightness can be essential for reducing eye strain and improving the efficiency of your team. In fact, research shows that exposure to what’s known as ‘blue light’—available in sunlight, LCD screens and LED lighting—can improve alertness, attentiveness and productivity. Employees who are around more light (especially natural light) are also more likely to be healthier and maintain a good mood. On the other hand, dim lighting has shown to make teams more creative and trigger a “risky, exploratory processing style”.

In recent years, the world of office lighting has blossomed, giving you more choices than ever before. Our team works closely with clients to choose lighting systems that look incredible and align to their interior design, while also supporting the productivity of their team so they can achieve their business goals. Here are a few of our favourites from the recent projects we’ve completed.


Energy-Efficient Lighting

While there are areas in your office that you’ll need lit up all day long, other areas like bathrooms, meeting rooms and stairwells only need to be lit when they are being used. Motion sensors allow you to save energy by automatically switching off or dimming lights until someone comes into the room. There are also lighting systems that will adjust according to the amount of natural light in the room, helping you save energy and maximise the natural light in your office.


LED Lighting

LED lighting is the next best thing to natural sunlight. The long-lasting bulbs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs and have a lifespan up to 100,000 hours, lasting up to 20 years. You also have complete control over the light, colour and distribution, to make sure your team are getting the right amount of light to maximise productivity. LED lights are also a safer option as they generate almost no heat and aren’t hot to the touch.


Recessed Ceiling Lighting

This lighting style is a popular choice in office buildings, thanks to its flexibility, reliability and energy efficiency. You can choose from downlights, troffer lights, or a combination of both. With their trough-like shape and downward-facing placement, troffer lights allow light to be distributed evenly over large areas, while downlights are a little more flexible in how the placement can be arranged. Either way, the variety of trims and lamp options make it ideal for the workplace.


Feature Pendant Lighting

Pendants add intrigue to your interior design, with a gentle ambient light that suits professional firms or creative agencies. There are a huge range of materials to choose from, including timber, steel, wicker, concrete, glass, fabric, copper and more. Your interior design team will help you choose a style that suits your new workspace and your budget. If you’re looking for a retro touch, consider an exposed Edison bulb, which features visible filaments and a soft yellow glow.


LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lights are a subtle and stylish way to light up your office space. The bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, ideal for lighting up interior design features like reception desks, shelving, mirrors and ceilings. They also look great in bathrooms, kitchen areas and even outdoors. The strip of LED bulbs are out of sight but easy to replace and maintain, while the brightness can be adjusted to suit the purpose and design of a particular area.

If you’re looking for a corporate interior design company with more than 25 years’ experience, contact the team at Axiom Projects today.