Lighting is a highly important aspect of office design; insufficient lighting can lead to eye strain, headaches, drowsiness and a lack of focus, which is far from ideal in a working environment for obvious reasons. The other extreme, excessive lighting, can also cause eye strain and headaches, whilst also reducing focus and having a detrimental effect on employees’ moods. But what about the means by which that lighting is delivered? We’ve spoken before about the many benefits of natural light in an office environment, however this is not always a practical option for all areas of the workplace, and so artificial lighting solutions remain a necessity. Having said that, the traditional incandescent bulb now borders on out-dated tech, and more efficient solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent – chief among them: LED lighting.

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are often overlooked in office design due to the higher cost of the initial installation as compared to traditional lighting solutions, but this may be rather short-sighted. Whilst it is certainly true that business owners will have to fork out a little extra early on if they opt for LED lighting, the additional expenditure is soon outweighed by the savings on electricity costs as a result of the far more efficient solution. Switching out incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lighting for LED alternatives can lead to a reduction in electricity costs of approximately 70% which, especially for larger companies, could amount to some serious money.

You will also find that you manage to save money in other more unexpected ways, such as lower maintenance costs as a result of an LED’s much longer lifespan. To put it into numbers, the lifespan of an older incandescent bulb is around 1,000 hours; in the case of LED lights, this rises to 40,000 hours. Couple this with the fact that LED lighting produces very little heat, reducing the need for air-conditioning, and these relatively minor details can add up to a significant saving over time.

For the eco-conscious among us, we can also be happy in the knowledge that the financial savings, being a result of reduced energy consumption, carry with them a proportionate reduction to the company’s carbon footprint. This is actually true before the LEDs even reach your office, as the materials used to manufacture the lights are much more environmentally friendly than those of older lighting solutions.

You can further improve upon many of the aforementioned factors via the installation of automatic sensors to control the lights, ensuring they are only in use when required.

If all of that isn’t enough to make you think about making the switch to LED, they also come with some health benefit over fluorescent lighting strips, notorious as the latter are for causing headaches in workers with their incessant flickering.

As a final note, LEDs can carry a certain aesthetic appeal when implemented properly and tastefully.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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