Task lighting tidbits

​​​Task lighting is a key component to an ergonomic workspace. Without proper illumination, employee health, productivity and comfort are compromised.
Workstation lighting is more important than many imagine
Our working environment, work performance and well-being are largely affected by light. Proper office lighting is essential for creating an efficient and comfortable working environment.  

Individual task lights are key to good workstation lighting
The personal task light is one of the most important tools in a productive workstation environment.  An individually-adjustable ergonomic task light gives complete flexibility and affords each employee total control of the lighting at his or her workspace. Workers want control of their lighting.  81% want to be able to adjust their light and 62% want to be able to change the position or angle of their lights.

Poor lighting causes unwanted aches and pains
A whole range of unwanted aches and pains, headaches, neck and back ailments and eyestrain can be attributed to poor lighting.  This is because the body compensates for poor lighting by adopting unhealthy postures in order to see well.  When outfitting or refurbishing a workplace it is essential to provide adequate light from an adaptable and easily-adjusted source.

The amount of light needed varies with age and the job at hand
The amount of light needed changes with age.  A 60-year old requires 5-6 times as much light as a 20-year old.

Office workers performing clerical work prefer light levels 50% higher than the generally recommended 500 lux.  Reading from a sheet of paper requires a lot more light than working at a computer, and detail work requires more light than writing with a pen or paper.

Workers prefer personal control of the light illuminating their workspace
Individualized lighting motivates office workers to perform tasks, sustains motivation over time, and permits them to take shorter rests between tasks.  Individuals with more control over their lighting conditions are more satisfied with their lighting, feel more comfortable in the room, rated tasks as less difficult and rated the light quality as higher than workers who lacked control.  Work environments which utilize lighting control system can reduce electrical consumption by 35-42%.

Asymmetric light is optimal for your eyes - glare is not
The best solution for achieving optimal workspace lighting is an asymmetric task light. Ergonomically-designed asymmetric task lights cast light evenly across a worksurface, easing the transition between light and dark areas on the working surface and allowing your eye to work in a constant, comfortable light.  By putting the light to the side of the desk, illumination will not cause glare to the user or discomfort to colleagues.

Color temperature affects productivity
Illumination which has the correct perceived color (hue) in a work environment leads to increased work performance (19%), reduced fatigue (27%), increased concentration (37%), less tiredness (31%), enhanced alertness (23%) and less light-headedness (34%).

Two-component lighting is preferred
Office workers prefer lower ambient levels light levels in combination with task lighting over existing ambient lighting alone.  Supplementing ambient lighting with task lighting leads to improvements in worker performance and productivity.

Individual task lights allow for reduced general lighting
By placing a task light at each workstation, individuals are not only presented with a good and ergonomically correct lighting solution.  Such lighting also makes it possible to substantially reduce the general lighting in the room, saving money and creating a better working environment.  

Task lights adapt to new work patterns
The work environment is changing.  Mobile working, desk sharing and hot-desking are growing.  Individuals work in different places throughout the day.  Task lighting is a tool which gives workers individualized control of a shared space.  Dimmer switches and auto shut-off help to create an adaptable, personally-adjustable space.

Challenges with height-adjustable desks
Height-adjustable desks are increasingly common in modern, open-plan, office environments where different people use the same workstation.  One challenge of such workstations is their variation - when the height of the desk changes, so does the lighting.  A task light on a height-adjustable desk is a simple solution which will always be individually-adjustable on the desk top.

LED lighting solutions are energy-efficient and economic
With the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry has gained a new lightsouce that is much more energy-efficient than conventional lightsources such as halogen, incandescent and fluorescent tubes.  LEDs have an incredibly long life span. The LEDs in a modern Luxo task light have a life expectancy of more than 50,000 hours. That means 25 years or more with normal office use.  You may never have to change a light bulb again.

 

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