A Guide to Office Lighting
OFFICE LIGHTING THAT ENHANCES FLEXIBILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY
Office space is developing at rapid speeds. The traditional office design is being challenged by introducing new facilities and spaces. Who would have thought twenty years ago that an underground bicycle storage space to accommodate 200+ bikes would now be a normal part of an office space?
Driven by productivity research, design, and fashion to some extent, the office sector is witnessing the most dynamic changes for decades. Facilitating all these changes, lighting for offices has become a variable covering a range of applications from staircases, communal areas, and executive
Technology and innovation are pushing the demands of the specification, putting the visual comfort to the forefront, alongside the efficiency and control.
And then there is design. In a constant chase to attract the best talent, companies are now appreciating the value of an attractive workplace and investing in lighting that enhances well-being and productivity.
It's one that enables agile working, embracing technology and sustainability, and aiming for increased productivity while focusing on health and wellbeing.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
TICKING THE RIGHT BOXES
There are several regulations for new and existing buildings applicable to office spaces. These are not legally enforceable, but it is advisable to follow them. Perhaps the most important one being the CIBSE office lighting guide LG7, ensuring minimum lighting levels for the office space are met.
The purpose of this guide is to ensure correct lux levels are achieved but to also provide a stimulating working environment for office workers.
Understanding all guidelines can be sometimes daunting, but our team will make sure to meet all your requirements for the regulations. It's what we do.
WELL-BEING IN THE WORKSPACE
THINKING OF REAL PEOPLE
Lighting has a significant effect on the human body and has been proven to enhance productivity in the workplace. Often a first victim to value engineering and overlooked by employers, lighting can make employees feel either uncomfortable, demotivated or happy and performing. With productivity gains and improvement of concentration to be made with a help of better quality commercial lighting, it’s not difficult to see how office lighting can have a significant impact.
How to achieve best lighting for office productivity? Correct product specification for a specific task and adding ambient lighting in breakout spaces is a great start. Just the right colour temperatures can make a huge difference. Using office lighting control systems can give the staff freedom to adjust the brightness of light.
Our lighting designers will support you in product specification ensuring the product you would like to use for your project is the right one.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
Energy efficiency is an important conversation when specifying luminaires for any modern office scheme. Using the latest LED technology is a given. Longer lifespan and less maintenance contribute to the overhead reduction in the long term. 299 Lighting are proud to present some of the most efficient luminaires on the market, making use of the latest LED technology available. Having expertise in designing schemes for BREEAM approved buildings as well as considering ECA compliance, our team can assist in achieving these benefits.
If you are still thinking about upgrading your current lighting, don't think any longer! Fluorescent lighting producing up to measly 60lm/W is not the message you would want to send to your clients or staff.
SAY NO TO FLICKERING LIGHTING
There is nothing more annoying, than a flickering light fitting with shifting colour temperature …. on its last legs. Visual comfort can improve concentration, capability, performance and wellbeing. Correct specification means comfortable light levels are achieved. Using quality LED office lighting is a given. Making sure that you are distributing enough light on the walls and ceilings and achieving the minimum lighting levels for the office environment will pay off in the long term through the visual comfort.
Gloomy and under-lit spaces cause eyestrain and hardly make people excited about coming to work.
WHAT'S THE MESSAGE YOU ARE SENDING OUT
Not only does the lighting provide a functional aspect, it's also a crucial element when it comes to representing the look of your company. If you wish to portray your brand as modern and technology savvy, a professional lighting scheme using LED lighting with exact colour temperatures, smooth dimming and PIR controls will enhance the interior of your office. And if you want to take things even further, lighting can make an abstract connection with your company logo.
There is so much you can do if you spend time specifying your design and talking to our experts!
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR
Forget the boring 600x600 panels! Commercial office lighting can be creative and have a personality. Currently on trend, linear office lighting allows flexibility and unlocks countless design possibilities for designers. It doesn’t have to just be anodised, white or black. We agree, that black is cool, but there are so many other colours waiting to be explored!
Supercharge your design by adding a splash of custom colour or a vinyl wrap finish. It is all possible and we can help you achieve some outstanding schemes.
These are the lighting fixtures that people remember. Feature lighting furthers the experience of the space. It creates emotion and transforms the space. Often referring to basic geometric shapes, it compliment contemporary architecture and comes in variety of sizes. It can be used as single pendant or a cluster of many smaller light fittings. Feature luminaires does not always have to be suspended!
A well designed recessed office lighting using linear profiles or recessed ring-shaped luminaires can turn into a feature. Lighting can also be used as an abstract connection to your branding.
CREATIVE OFFICE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
That idea of a bespoke size linear luminaire for the executive offices you are working on? Or a super large ring-shaped architectural lighting above a reception desk? Don't shelve these ideas just yet!
This is where we love to get involved! With our experienced in-house team of designers, we can make sure that your design will turn into a reality. We have designed countless lighting solutions for boardrooms, complex staircases and reception areas. And we even designed a SUN!
Here at 299, we love design and really thrive on taking on exciting challenges like the design of SUN for the National College of Mathematics in Warwickshire.
DIFFERENT TAKE ON TASK LIGHTING
While hugely popular in Germany and Switzerland, Free-Standing office lighting is still an unusual way of lighting a workspace in the UK. Due to not being a permanent way of lighting a rented commercial property in the UK, Free-Standing lighting does not find its space in the specification very easily.
Having experienced the premium Free-Standing luminaires from German manufacturer Tobias Grau in our studio, we can't recommend them highly enough! One rule applies here more than anywhere else: You get what you pay for! Fitted with movement sensors as standard, these luminaires come on when you need them and turn off when you don't. With simple installation and no approval needed, free-standing office lighting is a great way of getting around conservation issues.
If you are after a strong visual impact, high-end finish, comfortable lighting free of shadow and flexibility, look no further!
ENHANCING THE ORIGINAL FEEL OF A BUILDING
Listed properties account for a large proportion of the commercial office buildings. Boasting high ceilings, sometimes lacking daylight, and having restricted access with vaulted ceilings, they also come with health and safety concerns and conservation rules. We have seen it all.
You don’t always have to revert to using office track lighting to work around the complex period buildings. With the help of lighting design, a contemporary and professional office lighting scheme can be achieved.
Most of the time built as warehouses, many listed buildings are now being transformed into cool office spaces with a strong industrial feel. We have completed many trendy office fit-outs where honesty and integrity were the main design brief, trying to bring out the old industrial feel of the original buildings. Check out our project portfolio to see how we approached these projects!
YOU'RE IN A RUSH. WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
The deadline is looming. And things can sometimes go wrong. Our Express range is geared to help you out in situations just like this. Available on a 10-day lead time, this enables you to complete a full fit-out to the highest standard in a very short period of time!
Express it's a no nonsense range, where 'ONE SIZE LIGHTS ALL'. The range consists of linear led office lighting, office wall lights, feature lighting and lighting for circulation areas. And the best thing? Using the Express range, you can literally design the whole project and achieve stunning results!
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