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Carissa Harris

Carissa Harris is the Marketing Communications Director for Treston Inc.
Did you know that lighting standards are made for the eyes of a 20-year old? And that a 40-year old already requires double the amount of light to see as well? Furthermore, the older we get the more contrast we need, and the more sensitive we are to glare and our ability to adjust to lighting changes.

Light makes sure that your employees can properly execute their task and provides a safe environment. Good lighting influences many aspects in your organization. Of course, light is important for seeing, but it also prevents mistakes and minimizes the risk of injury or accidents.


Below are just a few of the problems associated with dim or harsh lighting:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor employee motivation
  • Florescent lighting can trigger migraines


It is no secret that changing to LED lighting brings savings in the form of energy efficiency and a long service life. But are you aware quality lighting also reduces errors and boosts productivity? In one of the many studies available, a new lighting solution in the metal industry improved performance by more than 15%! Industries such as fine assembly work, where proper lighting is essential for completing tasks, will see greater productivity and fewer errors.


In addition to improving our task accuracy and speed, proper lighting can also add a sense of security, create atmosphere and hide or accentuate as required. With efficient adjustable lighting, you can decrease headaches, set your body clock and even improve your mood. Studies on lighting effects on alertness show that workplaces with proper lighting have fewer accidents and more alert workers, particularly under shift-work conditions. In the metal industry, accidents decreased 52% after improving lighting levels.


Testing the workplace

Have you tested your workplace lighting? A Lux Meter can determine the amount of light available at each workstation. You can also download a lux meter from the app-store. Though not as reliable as a professional measuring tool, it gives you a general idea on the state of your lighting.    
The amount of light you need will depend on the task you are completing. In general, lighting should be between 300 and 800 lux. For smaller assembly products such as circuit boards, the advice is to have a light strength of at least 1,000 – 1,350 lux. As a general rule – the more detailed the work, the higher the amount of lux should be.

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Components of good lighting

  • Luminances and their distribution (depends on light and surfaces)
  • Illuminance
  • Color rendering index and color of light
  • Glare prevention (direct, reflection)
  • Direction of light (parallelism, glossy reflections)
  • Variation in amount of light
  • Share of daylight
  • No flicker (no stroboscope effect)

Lighting could well be one of the most underestimated elements of efficient workplaces. A study recently conducted in the US indicated that 68% of employees complain about their lighting situation. What is the situation in your workplace?

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