Office Lighting Design Tips to Optimise the Functionality of Your Office Space

Posted on: 14 April 2022

Office lighting design requires a unique approach compared to other commercial spaces. An office space involves various tasks, such as typing, writing, reading, taking phone calls and attending meetings. Therefore, your lighting should be able to take on all these activities. Bad office lighting can cause eyestrain, fatigue and stress, leading to low productivity and poor quality work. Therefore, keep the tips below in mind when designing your office lighting.

Match the lighting to the office tasks

Each workspace in an office has unique lighting needs. Besides investing in ambient lighting for the entire space, you require task lighting for individual spaces. For example, a corner of the office with no windows may not get enough natural light. Therefore, ambient lighting may not provide sufficient lighting, especially at night. This is a good reason to invest in desk lamps, accent lights and floor lamps to meet the needs of each space. Place accent and task lighting fixtures correctly to eliminate glare and distracting shadows.

Use lighting to create zones in the office

Do you have an open-plan office layout? How do you define the different areas within the space? Proper lighting design can help you create visual zones in an open office and increase the functionality of the individual spaces. For example, you can use spotlighting in the corridors and hallways to direct workers and visitors to the main office floor.

Hanging large pendant lights over the conference area can define the section of the office for meetings. Use low lighting in private booths to create a sense of privacy. Install accent lights of different shapes and designs in the break room to define it as a fun space for relaxation and interaction. Using different lighting for the various zones within the office can boost productivity and increase the curb appeal of the entire space. 

Set up a lighting control system

Lighting control is a key factor in office design. The lighting needs of office spaces change depending on the amount of natural light available, time of the day and individual preferences. Investing in a lighting control system allows you to regulate the light to suit these needs.

For example, dimmer switches allow you to regulate the brightness of light in the meeting rooms where projectors are used. Individuals working at night can also switch off the ambient lights and switch on task lighting on their desks. By lighting the areas that are in use only, you can save money on annual office lighting costs. 

Consider these tips when designing your office lights. Consult an electrician for commercial lighting design and installation services.