What Lighting is Best for Me?

Choosing lighting for your office isn’t as easy as it may seem. Proper light is important, as it protects your employees from headaches due to harsh lighting, or from eye-strain caused by lighting that is too dim.

Each section of your office requires a different type of lighting according to what is accomplished there. Lighting provides a huge contribution to mood; in addition to the physical responses that come from particular light choices, the right light sets the tone and expectations for each area.

From number of bulbs to fixture placement, there is a lot to know about lighting in your office. Here are a few bulb basics to get you started on deciding what lighting is best for you.

Incandescent Bulbs

These controllable bulbs have good color rendering, but are the least efficient and almost never used in an office space.

Screw-in CFL Bulbs

These energy efficient bulbs have the longest life, but the light they provide is less pleasing, slow to start up, and prone to flickering. Because of their mercury content, these bulbs are not disposable, so require more work to discard.

Choose these bulbs where:

  • Light quality isn’t important
  • Maximum light is required with minimum energy consumption
  • Sensors or timers are not being used

Halogen Bulbs

These variations of the traditional incandescent bulb are up to 30% more efficient, and offer many benefits of both the CFL bulbs and the standard incandescent without the drawbacks, even when dimmed by 30%.

Choose these bulbs where:

  • Light quality is important
  • Energy savings is essential
  • Ambiance is desired
  • Light is controlled with dimmers, timers, or sensors

Pricier at first, these bulbs have a low operating cost and are easily disposable.

LED Lighting

LED lighting offers benefits not possible with other light options. They have substantially reduced operating energy and cost, last longer, and have lower overall heat generation.

Perhaps the biggest benefit to an office using LED lighting is the variety of color temperatures that can be achieved. LED bulbs with low temperatures emit “warmer” orange and red lights, while high temperature bulbs give off “cooler” blue and bright light.

Choose “cool” light:

  • In areas that are used for reading
  • For warehouses, where bright light can help in seeing objects
  • Where decor is largely green or blue
  • To achieve a bright, airy environment, such as in cafeterias, lobbies, or general offices

Choose “warm” light:

  • In rooms with wood tones
  • Where decor has many reds, brown and oranges
  • To foster a soothing and calming environment, such as in a lounge

Many offices choose halogen bulbs and LED lights to achieve the particular look and feel you want in your workplace. Desks Incorporated can provide step-by-step guidance in choosing lighting and used office furniture in Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver and beyond. Take a minute to look at the lighting you have to see how you could improve the space with a different type of bulb.