Creating a Happy Environment with Your Light Fixtures
By LeslieBass on May 04, 2014
The lighting in a room can enhance your mood at a subconscious level. Smart manipulation of your light fixtures allows you to create a comfortable environment. Doing so can help you increase the productivity of your employees and make your home stress free.
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Make use of natural lighting
There is a major difference between natural (outdoor) lighting and artificial (light bulbs) lighting. In a recent study, two groups were exposed to different brightness conditions. The first were exposed to sunlight throughout the day while the second were mostly under artificial illumination. The study showed how the people who were only exposed to artificial lights had low cortisol levels. This caused the group to be more prone to stress and fatigue.
Windows are often your main source natural light. If heat is a common issue in your house or office, consider using insulating film on the glass panes. The film keeps out the UV rays but still lets in the light. Insulating films can also keep your property warm in cooler periods by trapping in the heat.
Use more indirect lighting than direct lighting
Direct lighting is the use of fixtures which flood an area with light. Indirect lighting, on the other hand, utilises special surfaces to disperse the light. Despite the significant amount of brightness, direct lighting is not an optimal way of improving mood. For some people, this can be counterproductive as it may cause eye strain due to its intensity. Indirect lighting provides a softer brightness.
A good rule of thumb is to only use indirect lighting fixtures in offices, living rooms, kitchens and other populated areas. For private offices or bedrooms with work desks, direct lighting can provide the right amount of brightness to do the task well and keep you focused. The brightness can come from lamps or fixtures installed on top of the desk.
Adjust the brightness according to the situation
A lot of brightness in a room can improve your visual performance, but it can also increase the amount of stress you may feel. On the other hand, less illumination can result in a more relaxed environment and reduced focus. By adjusting the brightness in the room, you can achieve the right lighting for the task.
The average lighting or “Lux level” of a common workplace is usually 750lx. This is an optimal level of brightness for general tasks, where you are still able to focus on general tasks without feeling strained. A Lux level of 750lx to 1000lx allows you to concentrate on a given job at hand. This is recommended for students working on an assignment with a short deadline. A lux level of 500xl to 750xl creates a more relaxing environment. This level of brightness is suitable for long working hours where employees can do their job normally without feeling burned out at the end of the day. This level is also recommended for artists or writers as the comfortable lighting can help enhance their creative performance.
By going through the guide above, you should be able to manipulate the lighting of your office or house to a level which makes everyone happy.