Creating the right working light instantly offers benefits for companies in every sector and of every size. Lighting solutions that are well designed ergonomically enhance your employees’ concentration. Modern lighting concepts additionally ensure greater energy efficiency and reduce costs. More than one good reason to give sustainable lighting concepts the green light.Lighting office buildings appears at first glance to be a mere matter of course. On closer observation, however, there are a variety of different requirements and scenarios that have to be taken into account. Different solutions are needed depending on the architecture, usage and area size. The scale of the scenarios is especially significant in this context: from workplace to conference room to foyer.
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Motivating working atmosphere
Short payback periods
Reduced power consumption and lower electricity costs
For today’s property owners and managers, it’s all about making sound financial decisions that make a property desirable to tenants, while controlling overhead and maintaining a profit margin.
Office environments are continually changing to keep pace with today’s changing work styles and business philosophies. For building owners and facility operations executives that means dealing with the perennial issues: economic downturns, attracting and retaining tenants, negotiating profitable leases and ensuring tenant safety, while also meeting new demands for sustainability and energy efficiency.
Your building tenants spend approximately one-third of their lives in the office, so it’s critical that the work environment stimulates innovation and enhances productivity. Because lighting has a direct effect on worker performance, it directly impacts a company's overall productivity. It makes each space attractive to potential tenants by improving both the visual environment and the flexibility of the space.
Lighting and Your Bottom Line
New or Upgraded Lighting Systems = Money Well Spent
Tenant turnover is always the norm. In order to attract and retain tenants, new and rehabbed office spaces will benefit from lighting systems that can adapt to different tenants’ needs, activities and business goals. Smart business owners view their office spaces as a competitive tool for recruiting and retaining good talent and attracting new clients. It’s critical therefore, that building owners understand how their choice of lighting contributes to their tenant’s success as well as their own overhead, energy and disposal/recycling costs.
Property owners are often daunted by initial cost concerns when designing and specifying office lighting systems. However, compared to the cost of lighting equipment, installation, and the electricity to run it, employee costs can be from six to ten times greater. And, since lighting enhances employee productivity, their overall contribution to the company's bottom line will offset the cost of the new lighting systems on a comparative cost basis.
In summary, when improved lighting falls victim to budget cuts, it may actually raise your operating costs through diminished productivity in the work space.
Energy and Sustainability
Reduced energy usage directly translates to your bottom line. The long-term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment.
Managing Your Energy Costs
Did you know?
Lighting accounts for as much as 25% of the energy used in commercial office buildings
Buildings account for almost half of the U.S. and Canada’s annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Globally, 76% of all power plant generated electricity is used just to operate buildings.
Buildings of less than 100,000 square feet account for 98% of commercial office space in the U.S.
Tenants are increasingly asking about “green” buildings in an effort to control their overall leasing costs. The U.S. Federal government must take building energy efficiency into consideration when leasing property.
When considering renovation and equipment upgrades, many building owners and managers are examining strategies to “green” their buildings and implement sustainable operations. They see the tremendous and immediate opportunity for property owners to increase net operating income and building asset value. Simply by upgrading to or installing new energy efficient lighting systems you can achieve energy savings of up to 50%. And with the implementation of a building automation and lighting controls strategy, you can save up to an additional 25%.
Lighting for the Sustainable Office
To be considered sustainable, an office lighting system should:
Provide the highest quality of light possible.
Contain products with reduced levels of mercury.
Incorporate long life or extended life products.
Why use energy efficient, long life lighting systems?
Sustainable operations consume fewer resources, leads to lower operating expenses and higher net operating income. (NOI)
Energy efficient lighting systems generate less heat, reducing the building’s HVAC cooling load and provide additional savings.
New energy efficient lighting systems increase a property’s resale value.
They deliver more comfortable illumination, providing employees with the ability to select light levels that are suitable and comfortable for specific tasks. In many cases, employees chose lower light levels, which translate into greater energy savings.
Be seen as a better neighbor. Taking a leadership role in improving your building’s environmental “footprint” demonstrates leadership and commitment to social responsibility and community benefit.
Lighting Design Goals
Good office lighting design is a balance between the following three areas:
Environmental and Economic Issues
Cost of lighting system ownership
Lighting systems complement building design
Regardless of the space or area being illuminated, the design scheme usually employs a “layered” approach, combining the three basic categories of lighting:
General (also called ambient lighting),
Local (also called accent or task lighting)
Lighting must help people perform their assigned tasks comfortably and efficiently. A typical office building houses people involved in a variety of tasks and activities such as:
Writing and drawing
Conferencing and training
Lighting must provide an environment that energizes people, stimulates productivity and quite simply “feels good” to the occupants.
Lighting systems must be flexible and adaptable to different tenants’ needs, functions and business goals.
Lighting should be controllable, either by automated building control systems or by allowing the occupants to manually vary light levels and determine where the light is directed based on task requirements, time of day, ambient light levels and tasks to be performed. Lighting illuminance levels in the spaces should be controlled based on the availability of natural daylight by incorporating “daylight harvesting” technologies.
Inadequate amounts of light cause visual discomfort and in some cases can compromise safety. Too much light can also cause visual discomfort and consumes more energy than required. The Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) publishes recommended illuminance levels for office lighting applications.
Lighting should help promote your brand image, by engaging and attracting prospective tenants. After dark, highlighting unique architectural elements, signage and ID, facades, thoroughfares will all contribute to presenting a positive corporate image.