If there’s one aspect of our working lives the pandemic has shone a bright light on, it’s that we should be prioritising the health and wellbeing of our employees at all times and really put this at the heart of all our business operations.
From a design perspective, focusing on human-centric lighting can yield very positive results in this regard. But what exactly is human-centric lighting and what can you do to make changes to your office environments where your lighting systems are concerned.
We spend so much of our time indoors these days (particularly now!) that it’s important our office spaces are designed to help protect and perhaps even enhance our overall health and wellbeing.
Certain types of lighting can increase eye strain, for example, so bearing this in mind when devising lighting systems is wise. Human-centric lighting takes into account all the various aspects of how light can affect people, whether that’s their mood, their wellbeing or their productivity levels.
Maximising the amount of natural light that floods a space is a must, as this is ultimately the best way to protect people’s health but, of course, there will be times when natural light is minimal, so you need to find other sources to account for this.
You also need to consider circadian rhythm when thinking about human-centric lighting. This is our 24-hour internal clock that cycles between asleep and awake, and which responds to lightness and darkness. Behaviour, sleep quality at night and overall health can be affected if we get too much or too little of certain types of light.
What this could mean is considering colour temperature and light intensity when devising your human-centric lighting system. Check out this article Lux Review if you’d like to find out more about how it all works.
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