Light for Commercial Work Sites
Light is vital to sustaining business operations and employee productivity rates in commercial sites. However, not all light sources are equal. At a very basic level, illumination can be implemented over the work area using natural sunlight or artificial lighting systems. OSHA has also set standard for work site lighting.
Improving Moods and Energy Consumption
Natural lighting comes from the sun. This form of illumination can be maximized by installing large windows and sky-lighting systems at the ceiling. For daytime operations, natural sunlight is directly connected to an increase in productivity, mood and motivation. It also contributes to vitamin D, for individuals who are lacking the vitamin.
Drawbacks related to natural lighting includes the generation of heat. Sitting next to a big window with the sun beaming directly at the computer or one’s face can be frustrating, due to heat generated by the beams. Additionally, natural light could also cause unsightly glare and may be difficult to control without the right equipment. It is only possible to direct sunlight to general locations of the facility. For task lighting, it is almost impossible to efficiently “funnel” sunlight beams to a dark part of the office. Furthermore, natural sunlight isn’t always available, as cloudy and nighttime conditions could affect the amount of natural light entering the building.
Task Lighting and Accurate Illumination
Artificial light sources include lamps, permanent lighting systems, handheld lights and more. They are incredibly useful for illumination in rooms without access to natural sunlight, such as laboratories, classified facilities, underground storage centers and projector rooms. In some cases, even with natural sunlight available, artificial lighting is preferred because it can easily be controlled to suit the needs of the facility.
Artificial lighting is also very reliable. As long as power is available and the lighting system is operational, illumination can remain constant. From a cost perspective, natural sunlight is free and artificial lighting comes at a price. This doesn’t usually affect the adoption of artificial lights, as such equipment is considered to be essential to maintaining commercial operations.