In the daily work of the office, we will meet various of different visual stimulation, the right lighting is very important. Lighting affects almost all life process, including human behavior, health, safety and happiness. For passionate and efficient office workers , the quality features of lighting such as lighting output, color temperature changes and color rendering, etc., play a key role. The important elements of company’s development is to assist the balance between the workforce and work environment.
Due to the change of the office staffs in the modern work environment, and the change between work ways and working space characteristics, the new lighting requirements will continuously appear. How to meet the psychological and physiological needs of new generation workers, how to create the more humanize communication environment under the situation of decreasing energy output, which have became an urgent problem for modern office lighting.
Demand changes, lighting design focus has also shifted, it is no longer just enough to provide sufficient illumination, uniformity and color rendering control on the working surface, it also needs to flexibly create a flexible office space and meets physiological, psychological and emotional needs of employees in all domains while ensuring control of energy costs, and even use the advanced smart Internet system to create a more humanize office experience for the office space.
Individual differentiation research of office person
Office workers are not the designer of office lighting but the the subject of the user. Various different use subjects require different illuminations, color temperatures and other preferences from person to person. In order to be people-oriented and provide proper lighting for specific individual, we must first understand the users.
The recent data is originated from a research organized jointly by Fraunhofer (Fraunhofer Institute of Labour Planning) Labor Institute and IAO (Organization). This research pays attention to the response of global users to lighting quality in the office environment and analyzes the individual preferences for different lighting needs. These data can make us improve lighting quality more efficiently thereby enhancing the happiness of people in the office.
Height requirements to artificial lighting even in summer
About 72% respondents use artificial lighting exceed 6 hours in winter. About 33% respondents said they use the same hours of artificial lighting in summer when natural light is abundant.
Different color temperature preferences
Normally we think neutral light and relatively warm light are more pleasant than cold light. In terms of age or gender, the preference for color temperature is not so clear, and uneven distribution is more obvious. In fact, this means that you should use a color temperature changing lamp when under the ideal situation.
Adjustable lighting can enhance people’ happiness
In a few offices, lighting can only be adjusted to meet the individual needs of users. 81% of research participants said they only have limited choice or can not control the working space lighting at all. However, the more choices for lighting adjustment, the more satisfied employees are, the higher the happiness index.
Intentional distribution of adjustable lighting in the workplace
Widely recognized direct/indirect lighting
In the realistic work environment, there’s over 60% of lighting ways are single direct lighting, or single indirect lighting. However, there’s only 18% of research participants prioritize direct lighting, 82% of research participants prefer comprehensive direct/indirect lighting solution to enhance their happiness. At present, only 38% of research participants working in this ideal lighting environment.
Only the employees who own happiness are high-efficient employees, we encounter various visual stimulation in our daily offices, correct lighting is especially important in this situation. Lighting affects every parts of human body, and also affects people’s working performance, emotion, health and happiness. For people who work positively and productively, lighting quality like the changes in lighting output or color temperature, and the flexible adjustment of the lighting space play a decisive role.
Lighting design concept of people oriented
The widely used LED technology tends to more mature, the differentiation of office population tends to more and more obvious. The office environment design has now turned from the emphasis on “green lighting to the emphasis on “human centric lighting”, our focus on health has also expanded from a single visual need to physical, mental, emotional and rhythmic needs. Although “people oriented” is always been a common concept in lighting applications, more lighting is only at the visual effects, anti-glare and other visual comfort levels. There’s no in-depth exploration of people’s individual needs. The real lighting design of people oriented should be based on the needs of all aspects of human beings, paying more attention to the responsiveness of the staff’s physiological rhythm, psychological features, emotional cognition, physiological effects to the various layers of the control model in response to the physical and mental health needs of the human body. Although people oriented lighting is accompanied by temporary cost increases, the sustainable use of office space and the improvement of staff’s efficiency and happiness will be increasing accepted by the market.
The comprehensive requirements of balanced visual, emotion and biological rhythm
After the industry’s multi-angle researches on the health of light environment, people gradually understand the huge physiological basis of the impact of external light environment and human rhythm on the physical and mental health of the human body. To have a global knowledge of people’s needs for lighting, and to provide visual health colleagues, it also contributes to human emotional health and physiological rhythm health. The purpose of lighting is no longer limited to visual comfort, but a comprehensive requirement of balanced visual, emotion and biological rhythm.
Up to the present, office lighting has evolved from immutable module to illumination adjustable and color temperature adjustable, so that the illumination and color temperature can be automatically adjusted according to the change of time to adapt to the human’s biological cycle. These are all based on the different requirements of human body physiological rhythm at different times, and the gradual emergence of design trends in the psychology of people’s minds about color and changing emotions.
Fully making use of natural light
The continued attention and research on the non-visual biological effects of light in the academic community for more than 20 years has led people to further realize the importance of natural light for the health of human rhythms. Northwestern University recently punished a cross-border nerve test results and found that it is less efficient in an office without windows than in a normal environment. Working under the sunshine is more helpful to improve emotion, strengthen energy and decrease tired than under the manual lighting. This experience is not the only one draws the same conclusions, PathWest medical laboratory, Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center and other medical research institutions have also proved that daylight can improve working performance and benefit health.
The main architecture of most office buildings is a layer of floor slabs, this will block the daylight and naturally throwing into the room. With the addition of walls, the internal space separation will block more sun light, so actually the effective daylight available in a typical building is only about 2% of the natural state. Although daylight is real and natural, due to the limited access of daylight to the room, lighting designers should try to provide the office workers with an enough lighting for work. Making full use of natural light will prompt lighting designers to communicate with architects, developers or owners at an earlier process of program to determine the appropriate lighting strategy, artificial lighting system will also be required to fully consider coordination and cooperation with natural light.
Personal and life-friendly design
Although office space designs are always be required to present the company’s culture, for the new era of the company, the general high-efficient and simple office style has been difficult to impress people. Especially the Millennials (people born in 1982-2000) will continue to increase the proportion of employees. This group is accompanied by the formation and development of computers and Internet, they’re smart, flexible, and pursue personal and life-friendly office space.
Modern office lighting with the concept of ”life-friendly design” represented by companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon, are continuously satisfying the needs of the younger generation for personalized, open office lighting. Life- friendly design means the design related to life and natural love based on human being evolution theory. Due to the natural attraction of nature and life process to humans, the integration of natural direct or indirect elements into the built environment can decrease employee stress, increase attention, creation, participation and cognitive ability. Research indicates that life-friendly design can help improve production by 8% and happiness by 13%.
Modern enterprises, especially Internet companies, have long spared no effort to invest in life-friendly design elements as a pioneer in workplace design, and have become a powerful technique of “talent battle”.
-Google Office-Lounge with the concept of “Life-friendly Design
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Office lighting led by Li-Fi and lighting Internet of Things
In the future workplace, more personalized and smarter technologies will occupy the main dominance, the personnel activities will be highly relying on the support of smart Interconnect technology. Office lighting not just undertakes lighting functions, but also intelligent components, sensors and built-in wireless connection, etc., which are necessary parts of lighting system. Such as the “lighting Internet”, “digital lighting” and “Li-Fi” proposed by Philips will gradually become a buzzword in the office lighting industry.
Li-Fi technologyLIFI(Light Fidelity) visible light communication technology is a technology for wireless data transmission by LED light. This technology has received extensive industry attention since its birth due to its large traffic, high transmission efficiency and low energy consumption. In just a few years, LIFI technology has developed rapidly. The lighting company represented by Philips in the Internet of Things era has commercialized it and made its debut at the 2018 Frankfurt exhibition. At present, LIFI technology is still in the beginning of application promotion, and Philips lighting will promote the commercial application of this technology in the Chinese market as soon as possible.
LED lighting technology, smart control and networking technology make office lighting systems become a network of people, devices and systems that connect to the Internet and the Internet via Bluetooth or Li-F-i, creating an Internet of Lighting IoL
At the same time of IOL connect the lighting system to the Internet, office personnel can obtain a comfortable lighting environment according to their personal needs, and the owner can also perform equipment management, energy-consumption monitoring and security management. Cloud platform and mobile data terminal allow workers to walk around and work in any places they like. People will no longer be fixed only to a certain station in the office building, but will be more flexible in occupying and using space on the open office floor.
Using Li-Fi or Bluetooth technology to form IoL, combined with smart digital control technology , will undoubtedly become the most powerful technical support to support the high-efficiency use and management of future office.