Lighting is an important often-ignored part of your office décor. It affects your employees' morale and your customers' perception of your business. It also affects your bottom line, by generating high energy bills. You want to make sure you give it the attention it deserves.
Fluorescent lights consume a lot of energy to light and to stay lit. They also emit carbon dioxide which can be harmful. Fluorescent lights are also harsh and can make it difficult to concentrate and trigger migraine attacks.
So what other options do you have for lighting your office?
1. Incandescent Lights
They are warmer and less harsh than fluorescent lights. However, they emit some amount of mercury and heat. They also consume a lot of energy and are not very durable.
2. LED Lights
LED lights are more energy-efficient and more long-lasting than fluorescent lights. This is a high output low energy option. They are environment-friendly as they emit neither carbon dioxide nor UV rays. They also generate little heat.
LED lights are also quite versatile as you can use them in both cold and hot temperatures. This means you can use them both indoors and outdoors. They may be a bit expensive to acquire, but the long-term savings are enormous.
Consider installing task lights to help your employees focus on their work. Task lights with dimmers also allow your employees to adjust their lighting to their preference.
High-intensity discharge light bulbs are highly efficient and have a long life. They produce light using gas. They are ideal where the focus is on visible light rather than heat.
They are commonly used in street lighting, gyms, stadiums and large retail stores. However, they take some time to warm up and so may not work for spaces that require frequent turning on and off of lights.
Xenon HID Lights are ideal for focused lighting. They are brighter than halogen lights and last longer.
Halogen lights are more energy-efficient and durable than incandescent lights. They also do not emit mercury into the environment. They are ideal for focused activity such as reading.
5. Specialty Lights
These kinds of lights are often not used for conventional lighting. Examples include germicide lights for the sterilization of the environment. They are used to kill germs using UV rays. They are often used to purify water and sterilize medical instruments.
Changing your lighting to more energy-efficient and versatile options will save you energy and improve employee morale. Some of these changes will require a change to your lighting fixtures. Consult a qualified electrician for advice and installation.Share