Optimizing office lighting

Optimizing office lighting

The lighting of a work area such as an office must be carefully chosen. In fact, if it is inappropriate, it can cause several unpleasant effects such as eyestrain, glare, or even headaches. Visual comfort then involves the balance of brightness, uniformity of lighting and good quality of light. Overview of tips to apply.

Optimizing office lighting: prioritizing natural lighting

Because an ideal office is located in the shade of a terrace, it is a question of trying to reproduce this bright environment. Favoring natural lighting is therefore essential. However, you should not place the desk too close to the natural light source (window, velux window, etc.) in order to avoid the reflection and glare phenomena that tire the eyes. As such, fixed or mobile protections (blinds, curtains, etc.) make it possible to adapt to the height and orientation of the sun.

Combine direct and indirect light

At work as at home, it is recommended to combine direct light and indirect light. To obtain this double exposure, different luminaires must be used. Regarding indirect lighting, ceiling lights can be fitted with filters to favor diffuse light. Direct light, obtained by an auxiliary lamp on the work surface, must be steerable and used to illuminate the point of attention (reading, writing).

Optimizing office lighting: controlling the light

The light must be adapted to the activity practiced (reading, working on a computer, writing, etc.). The devices fitted with dimmers then make it possible to easily modulate the lighting according to these activities. In the evening, it is recommended to use a bulb with good, non-aggressive lighting power.