Commercial Office Lighting Buying Guide

Commercial Office Lighting Buying Guide

Office lighting is usually one of the most overlooked and underappreciated aspects of a work environment. In reality, choosing the right office light fixtures can be one of the smartest investments you make. It has the power to not only impact employee productivity and morale, but it can also increase the security of your building and overall customer satisfaction. But how exactly does one choose the best office lighting? Keep reading to learn about your options, things to consider and how to choose the right office lighting fixtures for your business or facility. 

What Are Office Lighting Fixtures

Commercial office lighting is typically used in government buildings, hospitals, offices, retail stores, universities and more. This can include anything from safety lighting to accent lighting. Commercial-grade lighting is durable and can include smart, advanced technology to increase efficiency and ease of use. As with most other lighting, commercial lighting can generally be grouped into one of the following categories:

  1. Accent Lighting. This type of lighting is directed at a particular area or object in order to highlight it. Accent lighting is often used with paintings, plants, pottery, etc. 
  2. Backlighting. A controlled technique of lighting, backlighting fixtures are used to illuminate an object from behind. They're commonly used in photography and theaters.  
  3. Downlighting. This type of lighting casts the light downward and is most common with fixtures that are recessed or hung from the ceiling. 
  4. Uplighting. Less common than downlighting, uplighting is used to bounce indirect lighting off the ceiling and back down. 

Office Lighting

Things to Consider When Choosing Office Lighting

Choosing the right commercial lighting fixture is extremely important in an office setting. It can have a huge impact on productivity, sales and general employee morale. If you're considering replacing or upgrading your office light fixtures, keep the following things in mind.

Intensity 

It's important when shopping for new office lighting that you keep light intensity in mind. Your lighting should be bright, but not overwhelming. Underlit spaces can cause eye strain and tired vision. Overlit spaces can lead to visual discomfort and glare. As you can see, unbalanced lighting can make for an uncomfortable and even painful working environment. This can often result in productivity taking a hit and may even cause some employees to quit due to recurring migraines or increased eye strain. 

You'll want to calculate the exact lighting power (in lumens) you need for your space. Lumens are the total illumination level in a space. The lumens you need can be found through a simple equation. Multiply the room in square meters by the lux, then determine how many light bulbs you'll need to reach that lumen output. Then, divide the number of lumens by the lumens each bulb should deliver (this can be found on the packaging or in the product description). This will help guide you toward the right option for your space. In general, you'll want a minimum of 500 lux for computer workstations. This level is gentle on the eyes, yet not so dim as to diminish productivity levels. 

Efficiency

A bulb's wattage is critical in terms of efficiency and energy consumption. You'll want to look for a fixture that is stylish but also a value for the money, since the lights will be on consistently for at least 45 hours a week, sometimes longer. Opt for quality LED office lighting as it's one of the best cost-efficient options available. LED bulbs can provide powerful illumination for up to 100,000 hours and typically operate on lower watts, which can save you big time on utility costs. Plus, you can utilize occupancy sensors to ensure the LED office lighting fixtures are only being used when needed. 

Placement

Lastly, don't forget to take into account where the light will be located when choosing a new fixture. Consider how lighting is received by employees, keeping in mind that inappropriately placed lights can make the workday much harder for some. 

Think about the tasks being performed in your office or facility. Are your employees on their computers all day? Go with gentle lighting that won't compete with the light being emitted from the monitors. Are there various light sources in the room? Choose office light fixtures that ensure adequate visibility and illumination in order to focus on the task at hand. 

When actually placing the office lighting, be sure to follow spacing guidelines from the manufacturer. Try to align fixtures with the shapes of the desks. For small square tables, consider a single fixture or a handful of recessed lights. For longer shared tables, opt for wider fixtures or more fixtures to evenly distribute the light.

Examples of lighting in an office environment

Types of Office Light Fixtures

When shopping for office lighting ideas, there are countless types of fixtures to choose from. At Warehouse Lighting, we offer a wide variety of styles to ensure you get the right lighting solution for your unique space. The following are just a few of the best office lighting options available. 

Drop Ceiling Lights

Drop ceiling light fixtures provide a modern look for most office environments. They also help to make the space brighter and more comfortable, thanks to evenly distributed illumination. This type of modern office light is a great choice if you need powerful lighting for a large area but would like more discreet and out-of-the-way fixtures. 

Exit Signs and Emergency Lights

Required in most public spaces, exit signs and emergency lights are needed to protect both employees and customers. This type of commercial lighting helps to safeguard your business or facility and ensures you've taken the proper steps to prevent any potential accidents or injuries. 

Gooseneck and Barn Lights

Stylish and functional, gooseneck and barn lights offer broad appeal and seamlessly fit into industrial, modern and even rustically designed spaces. These attractive office light fixtures are ideal as both interior and exterior lights to keep the building brightly lit and secure.  

Stairway Lighting

Stairway lights are used to illuminate steps and staircases. They provide ambiance and security, for steps both indoors and out. Once again, this type of office lighting helps to protect your business or facility and prevent any potential accidents or injuries. These high-quality, LED office lighting fixtures come in various lengths and offer long-lasting endurance. 

Suspended LED Lights

Linear, suspended LED lights are quite common in retail or office spaces. Most are available in T5, T8 and LED options and come in an array of styles and sizes. This is the ideal choice if you're looking for diffused illumination that is both bright and visually comfortable. 

Wrap Lighting Fixtures

Looking for more of a linear prism design? Wrap lighting fixtures have become the industry standard for retail and commercial lighting. They offer superior illumination, long-lasting performance and are virtually maintenance-free. Plus, they are great for bigger interior spaces, like those found in government buildings, hospitals, military bases, schools and other facilities. 

Illuminate Any Space with the Help of Warehouse Lighting

At Warehouse Lighting, your illumination needs have been and always will be our top priority. As a leader in the lighting industry, we work tirelessly to provide our customers with solutions for a wide range of applications and location types. Not sure which office lighting fixtures are right for your space? Reach out and one of our experts will help you find the right fixture for your unique needs. Shop commercial lighting fixtures today at Warehouse Lighting!

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