Lighting for an office space needs to meet a few requirements to be a success. From effective illumination for work tasks to energy efficiency to help lower utility costs, there are many factors to consider for this area of lighting. Let’s look at a few different types of office lighting.
The Big Three
The main types of lighting found in office settings tend to come from the big three of LED, compact fluorescent (CFL), or incandescent.
• Incandescent is the lesser of the three in terms of office settings. This type of light is found in older models of fixtures. The least energy efficient of the three, incandescent bulbs burn at a hotter temperature, consume more energy, and have a shorter average life rating. The only big benefit of this type of lighting is that it comes to full lumen output faster than fluorescent lights. It is also seen as environmentally friendly despite the higher energy consumption because the filament is made from tungsten, a non-dangerous metal, while the comparative fluorescent bulb tends to use mercury. Incandescent is usually available in decorative bulbs which makes it more prone to accent type lighting or task-related areas instead of general lighting.
• Compact fluorescent lighting in comparison is the superior lighting solution when compared to its incandescent counterpart. It lasts almost 20 times longer than incandescent in most cases. It also burns at a cooler temperature while offering a higher lumen output. CFL bulbs are not without fault though. They often use mercury which can be tricky to safely dispose of and they are more prone to flickering than other options. CFL’s do offer a widespread scope of illumination. They are commonly utilized in office settings in the form of T8 and T5 tubes which are easy to install and replace.
• LED’s are often seen as the best solution for many reasons. They are the longest lasting option on the market. They operate at the coolest temperature while pulling low wattages with exceptionally high lumen outputs. The only drawback to this lighting option is the initial cost is often more than the other two option, but LED lasts longer so you get a good return on the investment. LED also comes in a variety of lighting models perfect for office lighting such as tubes, bulbs, rope lighting, and more.
When considering the different types of office lighting, you should evaluate which factors are most important to your location such as cost, energy consumption, or output. The good thing is that most models within each type of the three won’t have much variation. Once you have decided the best one that meets your needs, then you can start looking into which model is the best fit for your location.