The modern workplace revolves around staff and their requirements to work efficiently, productively and without disruption. Workspace design trends in lighting and layout all look to create a positive experience for workers, in which they can get the job done.
We spend approximately half of our waking hours in the workplace and so it needs to be somewhere we’re comfortable and happy to be. What’s more, happier employees result in lower staff turnover and greater productivity, so the better the environment provided for them, the better the chance your star employees will stay put. Lighting can and does impact significantly on productivity so it should be key to all workspace design. So what workspace design trends lie in store as we prepare to head into 2019 and how can companies best adopt them to achieve a positive outcome for their company as a whole?
LEDs remain the best choice
Lighting in the workplace is key to productivity levels. The beauty of LED lighting is that is flexible, can be designed to suit any style of workplace, and delivers a better quality of light than traditional fluorescent tubing.
LEDs are also highly programmable. Their unique design ensures they can be utilised as part of any design scheme, whether overhead, wall lighting or individual desk lighting. LEDs can also be programmed for energy efficiency, through devices such as integrated sensors which can fully map energy savings so business owners can carefully monitor their investment and long-term cost savings.
LEDs have much deeper benefits too. The term ‘social jet lag‘ is used to describe a wide range of issues that come from irregular sleep patterns such as addiction problems, psychological stress and general poor health. It is often argued to be the result of modern-day living, including prolonged screen time and longer working hours, but brighter, open workspaces can help to mitigate its impact.
A solution to this problem can come from lighting solutions such as LED task lighting which allows for adapted lighting options for different parts of the workplace. It also ensures that different areas in the workplace are correctly lit for purpose. The latest modular LED luminaire systems are able to combine style and practicality, marrying design options that ensure lighting is as much feature as it is function.
Smart lighting market growth
The smart lighting market is predicted to grow from $7.93bn in 2018 to $20.98bn in 2023. This is due to a huge increase in uptake, with companies recognising the benefits of smarter systems for both convenience and energy efficiency. The growth in smart lighting is also linked to the wider development of smart buildings and whole office spaces which rely on automation.
In addition, it is now possible to have lights designed which change dependent on the time of day to work in harmony with the requirements of the human body. Natural light exposure is known to increase general wellness. Lighting can now be designed to match the natural light which occurs during the warmer, lighter months. The International WELL Building Institute also highlight how circadian lighting design helps in creating better working environments too.
Embracing workspace design trends for a brighter, happier environment
The latest workspace design trends in lighting focus on creating happier, more productive working environments. They recognise that working environments rely upon speed and efficiency to succeed, achieved by intelligent control solutions that take into consideration speed and convenience. Workspace design is also moving towards enhancing the lighting installation and configuration process, with an emphasis on streamlining costs and time. Similarly, control systems are being continually developed to become as intuitive as possible, giving business owners and employees what they need to get to grips with new systems as easily and as quickly as possible.
LED lighting remains the most dominant energy efficient lighting option and for businesses, it can make all the difference. Lighting conversions can completely transform and change the way an entire premises is lit, ensuring businesses can adopt the latest lighting technologies without major disruption or interruption to their working hours. Smart control units can be fitted to work wirelessly or via similar technologies such as Bluetooth, making it easier than ever to dim or raise the lighting. All of this contributes towards creating a more motivating and inspiring working environment for employees.
At Mount Lighting, we focus on taking your business’ lighting needs to the next level. We’ll work with you to find a tailored solution that works for your business, by looking at options that might include lighting conversion, fitting smart controls or a bespoke redesign. Get in touch today so that we can help you implement a better lit environment for your workspace.