We have discussed in the past the various and significant benefits which come with the adequate provision of lighting, particularly natural, in an office setting, but as the clocks go back and the UK prepares itself for the arrival of dark evenings and an increased reliance an artificial lighting systems, lighting wholesaler LUX365 took it upon themselves to further research the implications of inadequate workplace lighting, and to highlight how the clever use of LEDs can be used to circumvent many of these issues. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate for us to do the same.

The research undertaken by LUX365 in many regards simply reaffirmed existing knowledge relating to the effect of lighting on workplace productivity, impacting as it does upon the mood and emotions of the workforce and in some cases even resulting in health problems, yet the research did nonetheless provide some interesting figures.

The UK’s combined labour force of 32 million workers, each working an average of 30.5 hours per week, collectively lost 26 million days as a result of self-reported workplace-related illness between 2015 and 2016. On top of this, UK-wide productivity continues to fall every quarter as it has done since the financial crisis; a trend which continued throughout the first half of 2017 and is only expected to worsen in the latter half as a lack of natural light takes its toll on the workforce.

The primary culprit identified by LUX365 is Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, which in simple terms is a depressive illness caused by shortened daylight hours and a lack of sunlight. More than one-in-five people in the UK are now believed to be on the SAD spectrum, exhibiting as a result symptoms including depression, agitation, and sleep deprivation, amongst others.

Exposure to bright light such as that emitted by LEDs can be effectively used to replicate the benefits of natural light, including vitality and alertness, and reduce if not altogether alleviate the negative effects of SAD, the researchers assert. A brighter working environment also creates a livelier, less tense atmosphere in which to work, increasing job satisfaction and reducing stress as a result.

Billy Knight, CEO of LUX365. said, “When people don’t have a strong, regular light source, the body’s ability to regulate the body clock fails, which can result in symptoms of lighting deficiency. When natural sunlight isn’t an option, the constant light output provided by LEDs can be used to replicate the benefits of daylight.”

Gerry Howley, Managing Director of Brillianz International, also commented, “We recently installed custom LED lighting at multiple sites for a client and the feedback has been amazing. As a company they were thrilled to see a reduction in energy and maintenance costs, approximately 58% of their previous annual bill. However, it’s the impact on staff that has been outstanding. Morale has significantly improved as has productivity and attendance. One employee told me that the improved lighting felt like an investment in the team and made it so much easier to do the job.

“LEDs have an accepted role in workplace efficiency, but few are aware of how lighting design can positively impact workplace wellbeing and productivity. However, we’re increasingly seeing smart employers invest in lighting as a way to improve health, boost productivity and also save on operational costs.”

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 as he continues to expand his horizons.
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