Would you like to lower your electricity bills, increase your office’s productivity, and have a healthier workforce? The benefits of natural light are many, but switching to natural light from artificial can be a difficult process.
If you’ve recently made the switch to natural office lighting, you could face a number of common issues. From glare to dark patches within your office, natural light often needs to be optimized before your office’s productivity can be maximized.
In this blog post, we’ll share five strategies that you can use to optimize your office and maximize your natural lighting benefits. From supplementing your sunlight to painting walls and ceilings, read on to learn how to brighten up your workplace.
Diffuse light to prevent glare and excess brightness
Is there anything worse than glare and excess sunlight? When your blinds are up and the sun is shining, certain parts of your office can become unbearably hot and difficult to work in.
The solution to glare isn’t in blocking light, but in diffusing it. By installing blinds and adjusting them based on day-to-day conditions, you can maintain the perfect level of lighting without having any overly bright sections of your office.
Other options for diffusing light include protective films and coatings on windows and skylights, or thin curtains. Remember that the goal of natural light is to make your office light and productive, not bright and difficult to work in.
Position workstations to avoid intense sunlight
One of the best ways to reduce the negative effects of sunlight is by positioning your workstations to avoid being in direct sunlight. This way, your team enjoys the health and productivity benefits of natural light without any of the distractions.
Try repositioning your workstations in addition to installing blinds, light curtains, or other options for diffusing light. The right combination of light control and furniture arrangement will give your team a productive, focused environment.
Use skylights to spread light deep into the office
Are windows your only source of natural light? If your business operates in a very large office, you’ll need to install skylights to bring light deep into your office, and not just around the edges.
Skylights are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and specifications, making it easy to choose the ideal option for your office. UV filters and other options also give skylights numerous benefits for controlling your office’s ambient temperature.
Use artificial lighting to supplement natural light
There’s no need to rely solely on natural light for your office. In fact, one of the best ways to illuminate your office is by combining both natural light and artificial light, using lamps and ceiling lights to illuminate poorly lit sections of your office.
Don’t feel afraid to use artificial light during the day, especially if it helps your team focus on work. Many of the world’s most energy efficient buildings still use artificial lighting in certain areas that can’t easily be lit using natural sunlight.
Paint walls and ceilings light to maximize lightness
One of the best ways to increase the effects of your daylighting system is by painting your walls and ceilings in a light color. The lighter your walls and ceilings, the more light will be reflected throughout your office and the better your lighting will be.
Does your office already have light, bright walls and ceilings? Another great way to improve your natural light reflection is by installing a reflective sheen on the ceiling to further increase the level of natural illumination in your office.