February 2, 2022
There’s a reason why desks near windows are coveted office real estate. We’re biologically hardwired to prefer places with lots of light. Monitoring light intensity ensures we know there’s enough light to work effectively, and has the potential for huge energy savings.
The right light levels
Not too bright, not too dull – what level of illumination is ideal for office lighting? The recommended range for workplace task lighting is between 300 and 500 lux. Lux is a standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as "illuminance" or "illumination".
Light and wellbeing at work
Optimization of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers. In fact, Cornell University research revealed that workers in daylight office environments reported a 51% drop in eyestrain complaints, a 63% drop in headaches, and a 56% reduction in drowsiness.
Studies have also revealed that employees who don’t get enough sunlight at work experience more sleep, energy, and health problems. It’s no surprise then that a Harvard Business Review study showed that employees value sunlight and outdoor views over every other office perk.
Office buildings consume a substantial amount of energy and lighting is one the single biggest consumers. Monitoring light levels over time, can help you understand if energy is being spent unnecessarily on lighting, for example, if there’s enough natural light in the room or lights are being left on accidentally. By continuously monitoring your light levels, you could identify trends and decrease your electricity consumption.
Discover Awair for business
Lighting in your workplace is critically important for your ability to accomplish tasks efficiently and safely. Awair tracks light levels to give you the insight needed to create healthier, more productive work environments, and smarter office investments.
I realized the impact indoor air quality could have on health for the first time years ago while renovating our new home. We were not sleeping well and getting sick often. Then I read about the effects fine dust and air pollution can have on the human respiratory system, both near-term and over a lifetime.
After several months of offices reopening and schools underway, we are seeing a shift towards indoor air quality monitoring. Facility managers want their buildings to be greener and smarter. Employers, similarly, want their workers to feel safe and comfortable. With a strong emphasis being placed on stopping the COVID-19 spread, it’s no wonder that companies are paying closer attention to ventilation and how this process relates to worker health.
It’s been a tough year for parents and school kids. Both have endured a historic disruption of the education system, and rapidly shifted to virtual schooling. Many parents set up a place to work from home, whether at the kitchen table, on the couch, or creating an office in an extra room, while also creating space for their children to learn remotely. The kids have not had it easy either and are well aware that they are missing many traditional rites of passage during lockdown, such as proms, sports, and extracurricular activities.