When visitors see our office, they often talk about the warm, exciting and vibrant feeling they get when entering our space. The moment they walk through our front door they are greeted by an elegant chandelier and the mood is set. We want our guests to feel welcomed in a relaxed, creative place.
What other benefits can dim-lighting have in your office? The following are the top four reasons that using dim-lighting in your office space is the way to go!
Creativity just flows. According to psmag.com: “Dim lighting sparks creativity.” This is important to us at Candeo Creative, since we practically sleep, live and breathe creativity. The creative process is such a big part of our marketing agency that the atmosphere needs to complement the creative culture.
According to a report by Anna Steidle of University of Stuttgart and Lioba: “Darkness increases freedom from constraints, which in turn promotes creativity.”
Fluorescent bulbs are just bad. The list of negative health effects that are linked to working under fluorescent lights just seems to go on and on. Here are a few that you probably have experienced yourself:
- Eye Strain
- Problems sleeping due to melatonin suppression
- Menstrual cycle disruption
- Anxiety and/or stress
Now these are just a few reoccurring symptoms people in office buildings with fluorescent lighting experience, but it gets even worse. Your chances for breast cancer and a poor immune system increases as well.
Lower lights, lower heights. Having flickering harsh lights and boring walls can nearly drive someone insane.
Julie Beck from theatlantic.com said: “If you walk into a meeting room where the lights are off, and someone makes a move to turn them on, there is a two-to-one chance someone else will say ‘I like it this way,’ followed by a murmured chorus of assent. But they’ll probably turn the lights on anyways.”
Why? Why do you need to have those harsh lights on during a meeting?
Beck explained how previous research has shown that bright, sunny days can make people more helpful and report higher well-being.
“But they can also make people who are already depressed feel worse,” she said. “The researchers also noted earlier studies that showed that people perceive brighter light as being warmer, and that warmth increases emotional intensity. Under bright lights, we feel more intensely. We want the spicy food, the favorable juice, the high highs and the low lows. Maybe we feel like the spotlight is turned on us and we need to perform our lives more intensely. I don’t know. But maybe if you’re overwhelmed, if you just have too many feelings, the soft glow of a lamp could mellow you out.”
So turn down those harsh lights and relax!
Productivity. There are always situations that affect a workplace’s productivity, but one often overlooked is lighting. An employer’s choice of lighting can have a huge impact on the productivity of his/her company.
“A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design indicated that 68% of employees complain about the lighting situation in their offices,” said Andrew Jensen of andrewjensen.net. “The fact that such a substantial number of employees disliked the lighting in their offices enough to complain about it implies that many employers could be making the same mistakes.”
So take a look at your space. Does it need a change? Talk with your employees or co-workers. Are they having similar issues?
How do you want the lighting in your office to be?