Office lighting systems have been proven to have physical and psychological effects on employee satisfaction and productivity. For changes in lighting systems to work, it is essential to engage with and educate employees on the need for the change and the benefits of the new systems. Sound organisational practices around lighting can include:
1.Educating and training of employees to gain commitment to the lighting project.
2.Automatic shutdown of lights after 6 or 7 pm, beyond which local task lights can be used.
3.Negotiating cleaning contracts for day time, so that all lights can be switched off after office hours.
4.Reinvigorating any existing campaigns supporting good practices in lighting.
5.Integrating sustainable lighting strategies into the company’s procurement policies and practices.
6.Switching to green power to meet an organisation's energy needs.
7.Offsetting lowered emissions through carbon credits and other alternative arrangements.
People often resist change of any kind in their work place environment. To ensure that new lighting systems also boost productivity it is necessary to engage with and educate staff and gain their commitment to any new lighting project.
Illuminance: The total amount of visible light illuminating a unit area
Lux: The Standard Unit of measurement expressed as lumens per square meter
Watts: The amount of electricity consumed ( joules) per second by the lighting device