Good ergonomics helps people to perform better. In an office environment, besides furniture, desk height, climate controls, windows, having the good light is paramount. Good Lighting, preferably in the form of a daylight system, has been scientifically proven to increase productivity.
Light expert Maarten Loerakker: “In a workstation analysis, ‘light’ generally doesn’t play a prominent role. Making sure that the lighting complies with the standard value is about as far as it goes. That’s a great shame, because there are many gains to be had. For the party purchasing the light and the staff working in it”.
How can you use lighting to have people perform to best effect at work? In the Netherlands we generally work under striplights, which literally provide a mass of light. Many people complain about that amount of light, and justifiably so if we consider our visual system, our eyes and how it is all processed in our brains.
With natural light that fits in with our physiology and biology, we simply feel more comfortable. It just suits us. This translates directly into fewer complaints: reduced eye problems, tension headaches and concentration problems. And consequently, less sickness absence. Daylight systems, such as those designed by Loerakker, prevent irritation and discomfort, support the biorhythms of working people and contribute to higher productivity.
Our dark workplaces with high ceilings were turned into comfortable light workplaces with the Loerakker LED line light troughs. The light adjusts automatically to the light outside and we can adjust it ourselves too. The best thing about these lights is that the light shines up onto the ceiling and that then reflects down. This indirect light is really comfortable and doesn’t tire your eyes. We are delighted with this!
What a fabulous solution!! We are really pleased with this! Even I notice how calm the light is and wonder to what extent you are bothered by the striplights (Hz frequency?). The option of dimming is great too! I hope it means my assistant will be able to work longer. Thanks for all your care and the quick, expert luminaire!
Maarten understands how light and lighting help people work better. His Loerakker LED line generates a cloud of light and gives no dis-comfort in terms of light emission. In addition, attention is also paid to the direct component within the series. The design looks nice, the functionality is highly present and the price-performance is very neat.
1. We would all love to be a in ‘cloud of light’
Like the natural daylight outside. Without strong cast shadows, just diffuse light all around. Daylight systems approximate this light in the best possible way. They get the best out of ourselves.
2. Eyes work by the grace of variety
When they have nothing to do, we fall asleep. So we supplement diffuse light with illuminated, direct light: we keep it lively, not dull. It makes it easier to stay focused on your work.
3. A good balance between hard and soft light: working with major contrasts is not comfortable
Your eyes need to work too hard and you become uncomfortable: dry eyes, tension headaches. So we work with a customised system for every specific room that, if needs be, changes with the amount of daylight that comes in.
Do you suffer from dry eyes and tension headaches? We often blame the climate-control system of the office, or a bad night. However, this is just as easily caused by light that is too strong. Our eye automatically looks for the strongest light source and then returns to the screen. If we do this continuously, and we do because it is automatic, you build up plenty of tension in your eye muscles, those muscles strain other muscles in turn, and before you know it you have a pounding headache. So dim lights that are too strong.
The same happens when the contrast in the room is too great. With direct light, such as striplights, there are many shadows. Your eyes work even harder, because they are constantly moving to bridge the differences.