How kinder, humanistic LEDs are helping revolutionise office design for good

| Posted in: Colour, Controls, Staff

 

Today, more and more studies and reviews are asking; is your office building making you healthier and more productive? And if not, why not?

The new trend is for what The Boston Globe calls a, ‘Healthy building, part of a growing movement that looks beyond the efficiency of facilities to the wellbeing of the people inside them.’

Rick Fedrizzi, Chief Executive of the International WELL Building Institute and Founding Chair of the US Green Building Council goes further, saying, ‘Anything that is considered a healthy built environment should be a basic human right.’

As today’s emphasis in the workplace changes to healthy productivity, firms failing to react will increasingly be seen as archaic, slow paced and unethical; with associated costs in terms of productivity, employee retention and reputation.

Productive, healthier new futures

There are some astonishing facts behind the drive for human centric design. The Stoddart Review reveals that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%. Even a 1% productivity gain would add almost £20 billion to our national output.

Such an increase could reduce the annual government deficit by around £8 billion, add £250 a year to the average wage packet and increase annual profits across the country by almost £3.5 billion.

But what should firms do to react, and help deliver healthier workplaces and more profitable futures?

Human Centric Lighting (HCL)

 HCL, put simply, is about office lighting that matches human needs, and helps our natural rhythms and behaviours within effective workplaces. At its most basic, it can be about adequate natural lights and windows in an office; not bright, harsh fluorescent lighting.

The most forward-thinking energy efficient lighting companies are widening their focus to embrace the trend. At Lumilow, we know that LEDs can do so much more to enable control, with varying intensity and colours to adapt to the application. Via today’s connected, IOT systems, light levels can be raised and lowered by employees automatically on entering a building, to suit their personal working preferences.

We’ve known for a while just how impactful LEDs can be on delivering workplace productivity and health. But, yet more lessons from overseas prove just what wonderful things they are.

The sky’s the limit

In the UK, HCL and integrated LED systems are now making massive steps towards true office sustainability. But examples from Europe illustrate how far we can go.

The Edge building, in Amsterdam, is a truly holistic, smart, sustainable building. It’s powered by the sun; it features automated LED lighting controls and harvests rainwater for toilet flushing. It shows the possibilities of HCL, circadian lighting and the overall theme of truly humanistic, sustainable buildings.

It’s fair to say we have a way to go in the UK before such buildings become the norm. But at Lumilow, we are constantly striving to deliver the best, smartest LED systems to help the sustainable transition take place.

After all, it’s our pleasure to work in such a meaningful sector. Through LEDs, we can deliver vast productivity and profit gains, and we can help make people’s working lives far happier too.

That’s a true win, and one that shows just how innately sustainability can benefit us all. We’re delighted to meet with any clients, new or old, to discuss how we can help them start their journey to more sustainable lighting, and happier, healthier offices.

Lumilow’s lighting solutions are helping to improve workplace productivity across a range of sectors. Whether you are looking for advice on how to change your office, retail or factory lighting, get in touch.