From the earliest days of man, bringing light into interior spaces during the nighttime hours was essential to progress. Without proper lighting, the combined efforts of the architects, construction workers, and space planners of the world would come to naught. From the proper appreciation of a work of art to managing the mood in a hospital to energizing cube dwellers in a call center, lighting is the key to getting along and being productive.
The ability to light workspaces alone allowed for tremendous gains in productivity. When sensibilities matured, the impact of lighting on productivity, quality, mood, efficiency, and atmosphere became fully known.
Effects of Good Lighting
Lighting affects a few basic things, which in turn affect many other things. Adding light to a space makes work possible where it may not have been before. Beyond that, however, is a host of other ways that good lighting impacts us, and how improper lighting hurts us. Having light alone is not enough to correctly illuminate a space; it must be the right kind, the right amount, and placed in the right spot to achieve the maximum proper effect.
Formulate a Lighting Plan
Just as psychology has showed us through testing that color affects mood, so does lighting. In places where it is important to project an air of calm, certain colors of paints are used. In the same way, lighting can be used to create either a serene environment or an active one, filled with energy. The most important thing when approaching lighting for your space is to have a plan. Lighting as an afterthought is almost always going to come out wrong. Take the time to think about and plan your lighting in order to make the most of your space.
Work Space Lighting
Being able to see seems like an obvious requirement for a workspace, but all too often, improper lighting results in reduced efficiency and even unhappiness on the job. On one hand, if a worker has to squint to do their job, something is wrong. On the other hand, too much light can result in headaches from glare. These are a just a few basic examples of what needs to be considered when making a lighting plan.
Natural Lighting Options
Natural lighting is also an important consideration. Just because we can light up an interior space all with man-made devices doesn't mean we should. With the right kind of windows, additions of mirrored surfaces that catch incoming sunlight, and even certain kinds of lamps can all provide heightened levels of natural lighting, which bring out rich color and enhance the atmosphere.