February 2, 2022
There’s a reason why desks near windows are coveted office real estate. We’re biologically hardwired to prefer places with lots of light. Monitoring light intensity ensures we know there’s enough light to work effectively, and has the potential for huge energy savings.
The right light levels
Not too bright, not too dull – what level of illumination is ideal for office lighting? The recommended range for workplace task lighting is between 300 and 500 lux. Lux is a standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as "illuminance" or "illumination".
Light and wellbeing at work
Optimization of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers. In fact, Cornell University research revealed that workers in daylight office environments reported a 51% drop in eyestrain complaints, a 63% drop in headaches, and a 56% reduction in drowsiness.
Studies have also revealed that employees who don’t get enough sunlight at work experience more sleep, energy, and health problems. It’s no surprise then that a Harvard Business Review study showed that employees value sunlight and outdoor views over every other office perk.
Office buildings consume a substantial amount of energy and lighting is one the single biggest consumers. Monitoring light levels over time, can help you understand if energy is being spent unnecessarily on lighting, for example, if there’s enough natural light in the room or lights are being left on accidentally. By continuously monitoring your light levels, you could identify trends and decrease your electricity consumption.
Discover Awair for business
Lighting in your workplace is critically important for your ability to accomplish tasks efficiently and safely. Awair tracks light levels to give you the insight needed to create healthier, more productive work environments, and smarter office investments.
Investing in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has never been more important or more top-of-mind than than it is in 2021. Over the past year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recognized indoor air quality as a way to evaluate the safety of physical spaces, causing most corporations and individual homeowners to look at IAQ for maybe the first time. The EPA is now also providing guidance about the importance of indoor air quality in schools.
In offices and schools, irritating noise can come from all kinds of sources: air conditioning, ringing phones, traffic, nearby construction and – most especially – from other people’s conversations. Ambient noise can make it hard for employees and school children to concentrate and get things done. Productivity can plummet Noise can affect the health and productivity of your workspace. Based on a study by Cornell University, increased illness and lower job satisfaction are associated with the negative impact of noise. Although background noise can drown out distractions, too much noise can cause stress and undermine short term memory, reading comprehension, and willingness to help or engage with others.