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The office environment significantly affects our ability to get things done. If there's one thing you don't need in the office, it's a workforce with no motivation that can't focus. Lighting in the office can often be overlooked, and investing in a new solution may seem like an unnecessary expense to some companies. However, with lighting having such an impact on employee productivity, it could actually end up being a long-term, beneficial investment. Here are a few reasons why.

Visibility

If the workspace is too dark, this can cause strain to the eyes or even headaches. Not only this, but too much lighting makes it harder for the eyes to focus and has been known to induce sudden migraines. Both of these effects can significantly harm productivity. While natural lighting is the best form of light, it does not always meet the needs of the user requirements. 299 Lighting makes use of daylight and can provide advice on furniture arrangements to ensure the best use of light. For example, try to keep desks close to windows and reserve the darker areas of your office for less frequent activities such as copying, or tasks that may require darkness, such as video or photo editing. 

Fatigue

With many employees, being cooped up in an office all day, sat in the same chair, at the same desk, doing the same job; they do experience fatigue.Combined with low levels of lighting, this can really have an effect on their working ability. 

It can demotivate, cause a general lack of focus, and leave you with employees who are simply waiting for the end of the day so they can go home and sleep. 299 overcome this by calculating the correct level of light according to recommended CIBSE regulations.

Task Lighting & Productivity

Most office spaces have lighting that emit a colour temperature of 4000K, which is a neutral white light for a clean, brighter feel. However, it is now possible to introduce task lighting with a tuneable colour temperature allowing the user to change their preference throughout the working day. For example, in the morning, a warmer 3000K may be used, then 4000K through mid-day, and finally warming to 2700K closer to the evening. This reflects the human factor in the lighting and has proven to be a more comfortable way of lighting an office.

Effects on Business

Not only do employees benefit from good lighting but the all-important clients are also affected. If customers visit a meeting room in the office, they want feel great in your presence. The last thing you need when you're trying to impress potential clients is for them to start feeling drowsy. A visually striking feature pendant is also a great way to create a great first impression for visitors. 299 Lighting not only specialize in workspace lighting but have an extensive architectural feature range, especially for entrance spaces.