A common misperception of daylighting is that it’s all about using only natural light to illuminate your workplace or home. This isn’t the case – daylighting involves the combination of natural light and artificial light to create a comfortable environment.
From desk lamps to floor lighting, there are many ways to complement natural light – whether in the office or at home – to create an environment that’s designed to mix productivity, energy efficiency and visibility together.
In this guide, we’ll share three ways that you can combine artificial lighting with a natural daylighting system to create even light distribution, purpose-based lighting for workstations and more.
Use ceiling lights to fill in areas of low natural light
Even the most efficient daylighting system will leave some areas of your workplace more lit than others. In an efficient daylighting system, the difference will be small, but it’s still a difference that can be improved by using artificial lighting.
A great way to complement natural light with artificial lighting is by using ceiling lights to fill in less naturally lit areas in your workplace. These are typically areas deep within your office or building, particularly those far from exterior windows.
When combined with good skylight placement, ceiling lighting can create an office environment that’s evenly lit and designed for total productivity with none of the glare, concentrated fluorescent lighting or other issues of 20th century offices.
Use lamps to provide concentrated light in certain areas
From reading rooms to computer workstations, sometimes your workplace needs concentrated light in a certain area – something that’s better provided with a lamp than with a daylighting system alone.
Complementing your natural lighting system with positional lamps is a great way to make tasks like reading documents and operating computer workstations easier in your workplace.
Desk lamps also make it easy to light your work areas after the sun has set, which is particularly valuable if your business needs to operate into the night in order to stay in contact with customers in other regions or achieve short-term growth targets.
Focus on maximizing the effect of your natural lighting
Many workplaces already have surprisingly good sources of natural light, whether they’re large exterior windows or glass doors. However, light sources often end up going to waste due to office interior layout choices that prevent light flow.
Obstacles such as cubicles and interior walls can reduce the flow of light from the exterior of a workplace towards its interior. This can make artificial lighting more important and reduce the positive impact of your workplace’s natural lighting.
In combination with complementing natural light with artificial lighting, focus on making the most of the natural light that your office already receives by switching from a cubicle-based layout to a more open, light-focused office design.
How can your office make the most of its natural light?
From using desk lamps and interior lighting to fill in gaps in your office’s natural light supply to installing new skylights to light the interior of your office, how can your building increase the effect of its natural lighting?