Shedding Light on the Workplace – Full Spectrum Lighting
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Melissa_Vokoun]Melissa Vokoun
Do you ever feel that sense of fatigue that comes from hours of staring at a computer screen?
Do you feel lethargic after only a couple of hours in the office?
Even though you got a good and full night’s sleep, after hours at work you feel like you haven’t slept in days. We often associate this fatigue with the strain, pressure, and effort we make at work but it might not be the process of working that makes us so tired. Chances are it is the quality of light in our workplace that contributes to the tiredness and fatigue we experience, no matter how much coffee we drink, how much we sleep, or how much exercise we get.
The exact type of lighting we are surrounded by makes a huge difference in how we feel and how productive we are. Full spectrum lighting is not a new concept. It has been used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for years.
SAD is an extreme mood disorder but is experienced in milder forms by people who have reduced daylight exposure. People who are deprived of natural sunlight are no strangers to fatigue, sadness, and loss of productivity. But now studies have examined the long term effects of exposure to florescent lighting on workers in a variety of settings.
The typical office is designed around a typical florescent lighting system. But florescent lighting (or as studies have called it “distorted lighting”) is an artificial light source that is lacking the benefits of the recreated daylight that full spectrum lighting offers. The quality and quantity of light exposure can impact your health and sense of well-being. When we are deprived of natural sunlight our human biorhythms are disturbed.
As studies conclude, our pineal gland over secretes melatonin and it is this melatonin overload that tells us it’s time to sleep. Supplements containing melatonin are marketed as natural sleep aids for just that reason.
Artificial lighting does not recreate the natural daylight color and intensity that we find in full spectrum lighting. Industrial and commercial designers are beginning to embrace this concept and include full spectrum lighting as part of their workplace design.
But you don’t have to rebuild your office to accommodate this healthier concept.
Full spectrum lighting is available to fit existing fixtures from a variety of sources. But is it worth the time and investment to change your interior lighting design? The answer is YES! The same studies that identify full spectrum lighting as healthier also report significantly higher sales, greater productivity, and reduced absenteeism as results of full spectrum lighting.
Because full spectrum lighting recreates the colors and intensity of natural sunlight workers are more energized and productive. The mood of workers is better with greater motivation and enthusiasm for the tasks at hand.
Sales offices with full spectrum lighting are reporting 40% higher sales!
This is an easy thing to believe when you consider how much better you in the summer months with long days full of sunlight or how you feel during the long months of winter, with dark and cloudy days.
Every employer has seen the effect that winter has on their workers, with workforces depleted by absent employees. With full spectrum lighting you can make it summer year round in your office. Because full spectrum bulbs have longer lives than typical florescent bulbs have you may find your maintenance costs decreasing. And, because your employees have a greater sense of well-being and energy, you will see your productivity ratios rising.
It is easy to blame workloads, morale, or pressure for declining sales or productivity but you have to think “outside the box” when looking for solutions.
Ergonomics is an established concept that is devoted to establishing safer and healthier workplaces. Lighting is an important component of ergonomics. Adequate lighting is paramount to a safe and healthy work center. But now we know that the quality and quantity of that light is equally paramount.
If you can’t make the change to full spectrum lighting, look for ways to maximize light sources in your office. Opening blinds and arranging desks around windows will help. Consider an outside area for employees to take breaks or lunch hours. These small and inexpensive ideas can have a huge impact on the happiness and mood of workers. Remember, natural sunlight is a free resource and looking for ways to bring it into your office will pay off in higher productivity, sales, and happier employees.
Melissa Vokoun is a successful Business Advisor and Trainer. From 1983 to 2005 she was COO and VP of Sales and Marketing for a national telecom equipment distributor. Her passion for business, working with clients in solving critical issues in the strategic, tactical and operational areas of growth continues. She is now President and Founder of NuVo Partners and Successful Business Advisors.
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