Effects of lighting
The effects of lighting on the productivity of work are widely recognised. In addition, well-chosen, individually adjustable workstation lighting promotes people’s well-being and job satisfaction, both of which have a positive effect on the quality and lack of disturbance of industrial processes.
New opportunities brought by smart lighting
Modern lighting is smarter than before. New opportunities are available for adjusting the tone, direction, and amount of light. Advanced solutions offer ways of producing personalised and effective lighting. In addition to being energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, commonly used LED technology currently also brings cost savings by being maintenance free.
The Treston NaturLite LED product family includes four different models that are all dimmable and have LED light sources. The Plus 1200 model also includes the ability to adjust colour temperature.
Motivation from versatile adjustable light
Besides light intensity, the colour of light also matters in a workspace. Studies indicate that the direction, colour temperature, and intensity of light affect people’s moods. Besides affecting people’s sleep-wake rhythm, the receptors of the eye that sense light and its colour temperature are also linked to mental alertness.
Both task lighting and general lighting are needed in industrial environments
Industrial environments and their production workplaces require both sufficient general lighting and adjustable task lighting, which must be properly directed. Workstation lighting is an energy-efficient solution because it enables the use of the most intense light in a specific workspace and less intense lighting in other areas. The best option is to invest in high-intensity, individually adjustable, and dimmable task lights.
Sufficiently effective and properly directed task lights guarantee sufficient illumination and contrast, regardless of the employee’s personal preferences and needs, or the level of accuracy required by the task. However, to ensure a comfortable visual experience, the workplace must also have light sources in the background and on the shelves.
The best option is to invest in high-intensity, individually adjustable, and dimmable task lights.
Designing light fixtures for workspaces
Workspaces and their lighting are designed in accordance with the guidelines of the European standard for the lighting of indoor workplaces EN 12464-1. The guidelines mainly concern the workspace and its surroundings. Work that requires the ability to distinguish details usually requires adjustable task lights. Examining a box-like item requires at least two light fixtures to eliminate shadows. Flat surfaces, on the other hand, can be illuminated well by placing one long light fixture over the work surface, but this must be done while directing any reflected light away from the employee.
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