Office Lighting

What is Office Lighting?

Office Lighting at its best should utilise both artificial and natural lighting, taking advantage of control systems to become as energy efficient as possible. Office Lighting should be carefully positioned to provide the right lumens by task area as well as creating break-out spaces to enable staff to relax away from their work.

Office Lighting in Bristol?

GDS operates out of our office in St Anne’s, Bristol. We're are a truly international company, having worked on a range of high-profile projects from around the globe. We are proud to be based in Bristol and are always keen to be involved in local Office Lighting Projects.

What is Office Lighting Design?

Office Lighting Design concerns the creation of a lighting scheme that furthers a working environment in the following ways. Utilisation of natural light along with artificial lighting to reduce energy use, save money and improve quality light form a human-centric point of view. Selecting lighting fixtures that produce the ideal number of lumens for each breakout and task area, whilst also keeping glare to a minimum. Using fixtures in conjunction with a lighting control system to further reduce costs and create an equilibrium of light as the environment changes. Office Lighting Design concerns the creation of a lighting scheme that furthers a working environment in the following ways. Utilisation of natural light along with artificial lighting to reduce energy use, save money and improve quality light form a human-centric point of view. Selecting lighting fixtures that produce the ideal number of lumens for each breakout and task area, whilst also keeping glare to a minimum. Using fixtures in conjunction with a lighting control system to further reduce costs and create an equilibrium of light as the environment changes. Ergonomic lighting is crucial for workplace wellness and preventing Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS affects around 90% of employees throughout their working life, with symptoms including headaches and dry eyes! Lighting, be it too strong or weak, is the major contributing factor to eye strain. Lighting Design is a greater challenge because each individual has specific requirements. Those employees in their earlier years will find less requirement for bright lighting but once a person gets to their 60’s they can require up to three times the amount of light. Making use of dual source lighting, in which both overhead lighting and an adjustable task light are used, is a more effective way to provide perfect light levels. Adding a task light to each desk reduces eye strain by providing the ability to have an optimise your source of light.

What is a CAT A fit-out?

A ‘Category A fit-out’ describes a fit-out where the spaces intended for clients are completed by the developer to a basic level. This means the essentials such as electrical services, toilets and fire detection (to name but a few) are in place but the client will need to add furnishings in order for it to be inhabitable. Other features usually standard to Cat A are; Raised floors and suspended ceilings. Running water. Internal surface finishes. Blinds or curtains. On occasion the extent of the work might be added to by one of the clients, they might wish to be able to add additional features to safe themselves time and money having more work done later. If this happens for all future tenants then this would be a Cat B fit-out.

What is a CAT B fit-out?

A Category B fit-out is thorough completion of an internal space to the requirements of the tenant. This will mean the client will have the following usually in-place; Branding Board, conference and meeting rooms Reception areas Specialist Lighting Kitchens fully equipped Furniture throughout the office.

What is a Shell & Core fit-out?

A Shell and Core fit-out is when the developer designs and creates the base building. This means that a series of necessary works are to be completed by other external companies. As a consequence any lighting in place is likely to be basic and later upgraded in order to make the space occupiable.

What is the purpose of an Office Lighting assessment?

Office Lighting Assessments can result in significant benefits for occupants. An assessment utilises Lighting Calculation and Visualisation software (explained at https://www.gds.uk.com/commercial-lighting-design/) that are used to assess the best products for different spaces to ensure architectural impact and an accurate assessment of how many fixtures are needed to create sufficient lumens for a range of areas (i.e. Office lighting in task areas tends to require about 500lm, with break-out areas requiring nearer to 300lm). Knowing the area allows for planning for the type of light as well, with warmer CCT lighting providing the best environment for relaxation.

Can Office Lighting be too Bright?

Office Lighting needs careful planning and an understanding of lumen requirements for specific task areas. If this is not considered or the angle or the angle light output causes glare in a task area then lighting can be perceived to be too bright. Break-out spaces need to be less bright as this enables employees to have a space in which to relax.

Can Office Lighting cause Headaches?

Exposure to fluorescent (and other lower quality) lighting in offices is often the cause of eye strain that can lead to headaches. Flickering lighting increases this chance of resultant headaches and migraines (among sufferers). The use of LEDs with control systems means flicker is very unlikely and lumen output can be managed to meet an environment's exact requirements.

Is Office Lighting bad for you?

Poor office lighting (as previously discussed) can cause headaches and if not controlled can negatively effect a person's circadian rhythm. However such issues can be avoided utilising quality LED light and control systems.

How Bright should Office Lighting be?

According to BS EN 12464-1 the average task illumination for a writing or typing area in an office should be around 500 lux. For areas where computers are used predominantly it is recommended in the LG7 guide that there should be around 300 lux.

How to Improve Office Lighting?

Office lighting can be improved by; 1. Using LED lighting and natural light to save money and improve light quality. 2. Make use of our Prodigy lighting control system to make further savings. 3. Conduct a lighting calculation/visualisation to position lighting so that it provides the correct lux for each task area. 4. Create breakout zones in the design phase that enable staff to have areas away from the more intensive task areas.

How does Office Lighting affect Productivity?

Lighting that is inadequate for task areas at places of work can cause headaches and eyestrain as well as drowsiness, this then affects the efficiency of staff, eventually having an affect on their circadian rhythm. This then can potentially cause both mental and physical health issues and an increase in time taken off work.

What is the Best Office Lighting Control System?

GDS is proud to introduce our Prodigy Intelligent Control System. A DMX, DALI Hybrid with ArtNet. Utilising an Onboard Webserver & Supporting Control Via A Smartphone App and also With Scene Capture.

What is the Best Office Lighting?

The best office lighting tends to be LED technology because of its energy efficiency and long lifespan. LED technology can also be used in conjunction with Lighting Control Systems for further efficiency and visual comfort. Office work often revolves around the use of screens, therefore lighting that doesn’t cause glare on your screen is important. Also, to be considered is the CCT of lighting fixtures, not being able to simulate natural light can result in detrimental effects on an employee’s cycadean rhythm.

How can Lighting Improve Well-Being and Productivity in the Workplace?

The office working environment is in a constant state of flux. New office layouts, regulations and demands from employees have meant that offices are ever-changing environments, constantly evolving to meet the latest trend. At the forefront of this change you have a number of progressive and powerful companies, who endeavor to set the latest trend in order to create a workplace that is ahead of all others. Those companies (which include giants Facebook and Google) have merged the barriers between workspace, recreation and even recuperation. They have achieved this with the implementation of sports, gaming facilities and even sleeping pods within their offices and the fallout of this is that office design now must be flexible in a way that had never previously been required. The changes to the office of course mean a change to lighting requirements and lighting not only has to accommodate the change in design for offices spaces but is also required to meet the demands for energy efficiency, lighting trends and delivering environments to encourage employee productivity and well-being. The demand for focus on employees’ needs has meant that businesses utilise lighting and its control in their bid to encourage the best talent to join them and as a means of promoting their brand. They can do this by delivering lavish spaces that become synonymous with their identity and make people want to join their team. Further to all of this, every office is made up of multiple applications. Consideration is required for the varying lighting needs for stairways, breakout spaces, boardrooms, meeting rooms, and conference rooms etc.

Office Lighting Standards and Regulations

In any build there are regulations and standards that need to be met. Lighting has its own set of rules. In terms of standards (which are suggested goals rather than enforceable law) there are a few that are prominent, at GDS we use our knowledge to make certain that your project meets these. CIBSE’s office lighting guide, ‘LG7’ focuses on minimum lumen levels across a range of spaces in the workplace. Adhering to LG7 guidelines should ensure that lighting is comfortable, safe for working conditions and provides stimulation.

Reducing Energy Costs in the Office with Energy-Efficient Lighting

GDS makes use of LEDs, a hugely efficient upgrade to the traditional filament bulb or fluorescent tube. We can bring in a totally new lighting system to your build, or should you wish to retrofit your lighting we also offer that service. LEDs offer an improved lifespan and less maintenance and costs associated with it. If you consider that GDS also makes use of DALI dimming and lighting controls that can react to times of day, levels of natural light and the presence of people you will soon begin to understand the huge amount of energy that can be saved and it is no surprise that we have played a part in our projects to ensure that they can achieve the sustainability certificate of being BREEAM compliant. If you wish to make savings from being ECA compliant, talk to our team on how we can achieve this together - https://www.gds.uk.com/contact/

Lighting Control for Offices

Commercial Office Lighting Control Systems can offer you so much more than a simple manual on-off switch or dimming as a form of control. A GDS intelligent networked system of devices can allow you to set lighting scenes, make your lighting react to use and the levels of natural light (Photoelectric lighting control) in a space. Connected Light Systems can come in wireless or wired options. Wireless control systems are increasingly popular now that there are reliable wireless data transmissions and because they are comparatively cheap compared to wired systems. Some intelligent lighting systems such as DALI and DMX create a means to control a building’s lighting centrally. They identify the luminaires which have ceased to work and when there is a fault in the system. With these systems you can group luminaires together and you will have a digital interface to control the lighting from a single location enabling a greater degree of control. Check out our Prodigy Series, offering perfect and intuitive lighting control, suitable for a range of entertainment and commercial applications. This lighting control system serves the right amount of light and actions where and when you need it.

The Role of Lighting in Employee Well-Being

The human body relies on light to function. Without the sufficient amount of light there can be serious detriments to both a person’s mental and physical health. Despite this, lighting is often an aspect of a build that is over looked, resulting in insufficient lumen levels for employees to fulfill their tasks, overly bright environments causing visual discomfort through glare or flickering low quality lights, resulting in employee poor focus, all of which can cause a rise in truancy and a drop in company productivity. However, should an office have the right lighting and control systems it can mean that an employee is more content, productive and loyal to their employer.

How to ensure that your office lighting is conducive to productive office environment?

At GDS we have a talented lighting design team that treat every project as a fresh challenge, ensuring that they specify lighting products suited to the task or breakout environment. We utilise ambient lighting to ensure that employees are getting light that is as natural as possible (where it is available), with lighting controls that means artificial lighting makes up the difference when natural light is lacking. If you choose to work with GDS, our LED’s will resolve issues that are synonymous with fluorescent lighting, like flickering and changing colour temperature over time. This change will result in an improvement in visual comfort, resulting in better focus and a lower likelihood of headaches and migraines. Our lighting designers will also take the time to ensure that lumen levels are suitable for every surface, as the required levels vary for walls and ceilings, especially where employees have these in their eye-line.

Office Lighting Creating Brand Identity

Lighting Design plays a major part in delivering brand identity to a business. Office lighting that stands at the pinnacle of technological advancement is great for showing that a company is forward-thinking. Our lighting designers can utilise luminaires to create shapes unique to a single space or even to reproduce a company logo. Speak to our team to discuss any ideas you might wish to explore.

"The Right Office Lighting Can Ensure Your Employees are Content and Productive"