Doesn’t it feel good to live in a time when you don’t have to sacrifice style for ethical accountability? As executives responsible for the company purse strings, there’s never been a more chic time to be good to the planet, your employer, and your employees. So, as it’s been said, “let there be light!” And lots of it. Designers have and continue to turn their focus to producing contemporary lighting solutions that appeal to those decorating high-end modern offices.
No matter where you start with these trends, you’ll be sure to find stylish ways to incorporate them into your modern business interior.
Get the LED Out
The reasons for investing in sustainable lighting are plentiful and economical. An immediate way to reduce your carbon footprint is to lessen the amount of energy consumed by lighting. Accomplish this by switching to LED lights. The sticker price is higher upfront, but the long-term savings is impactful. In fact, LEDs have become so efficacious that additional gains in efficiency are small. The point has been reached where many in the lighting industry, who now see energy efficiency as a given, are turning most of their attention to the human-health component of sustainability and the ways that quality lighting can support it.
Tunable White technology is designed for Human Centric Lighting (HCL) applications that balance the visual, emotional, and biological needs of humans.
Turnable White Light
It would be extraordinary if all the world’s offices had access to natural light. Imagine giant floor to ceiling windows on every story that filled the entire workspace with beams of sun and natural vitamin D. But, unfortunately, that’s not possible. The sheer expense alone would break the bank for many businesses, not to mention the cities with less forgiving latitudes and longitudes. Instead, business owners are incorporating Tunable White (TW) technology as part of their lighting strategy. Tunable White technology is designed for Human Centric Lighting (HCL) applications that balance the visual, emotional, and biological needs of humans. By simulating natural daylight and producing the hues and brightness of nature during a 24-hour cycle, the technology profoundly and positively affects our body’s circadian rhythm. The results show improved concentration, performance, and overall health and well-being.
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to offer modern offices more conveniences and effective ways of accomplishing tasks. According to Gary Trott, VP of Marketing Intelligent Lighting, Cree, Inc., “The biggest advance in LED lighting over the past few years has been controls being more integrated and approachable. Dimming, once requiring a special ballast and imposing a cost premium for fluorescent lighting, is typically standard or a standard option for LED.” Most luminaire manufacturers now offer connected lighting packages. Connected intelligent lighting consists of luminaires able to communicate within a programmable system.
By utilizing connected lighting, businesses have the opportunity to accelerate energy cost savings while enabling improved user experiences.
By utilizing connected lighting, businesses have the opportunity to accelerate energy cost savings while enabling improved user experiences. According to the DesignLights Consortium, these systems can produce average lighting energy savings of 47% per year.
With more office spaces becoming open (or fractured depending on how you look at it), and more employees hotdesking or working in pods, lighting will need to be as nimble and flexible as the other trends we’ve seen in the workplace over the last 10 years. Because no matter where we are, we all need the same thing—the ability to see and be seen.