Improving Your Office's Lighting Through Energy Efficiency

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Improving Your Office's Lighting Through Energy Efficiency

19 May 2015
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If you've ever worked in an office environment, you're probably familiar with the glare of the commonly used fluorescent lighting that can be found in office spaces across the country. This type of lighting is used in office buildings because it is inexpensive and easy to replace when a bulb dies out. But the fact is that florescent style lighting can cause headaches, eye strain, and even a feeling of malaise for some workers. Today's modern, more energy efficient commercial lighting options for the office have made major improvements in the way you work.

Go Natural

Many modern offices have opted to integrate more natural lighting into their work spaces. By incorporating more windows, skylights, and adjustable blinds, employees will be able to utilize the sun's light while working. This can save quite a bit of money on electric costs, and also help to boost mood and productivity. Another way to help reduce glare in your building is to paint the walls a light, neutral color. This helps the eyes focus on what is in front of them and reduces strain.

Get Creative

Try out new ideas when it comes to lighting your office space, such as track lighting with LED bulbs. LED lighting is much more energy efficient than traditional light bulbs, and it emits a pleasant glow. You can also install wall sconces for a softer look and use LED bulbs in those as well. Task lighting is another good option. This type of lighting gives workers more focused light on their individual space using lamps or over-the-desk fixtures. Just be sure you use lights that use CFL (compact florescent) or LED light bulbs, which will help to save energy.

Use Motion Activate Switches

Motion activated lighting and light switches are an excellent option when you need certain rooms lit but do not want to have the lights on in that particular space constantly. As someone enters the room or space, the light turns on and when they leave, the lights go back out. This is great for conference rooms or break rooms where people are not always occupying the space. It can save your business a lot of money on your energy bill since excess use of lighting will be reduced.

Get An Energy Audit

If you're uncertain about how you can improve the lighting in your office as well as how to save on energy, ask to have someone come and do an energy audit. The audit will help you better assess which areas can be improved as well as what changes you can make. This information should also compare what you're spending on lighting now with what kinds of savings you might garner by making a few simple changes.