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How to Make the Most of Your Office Lighting

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The finer details are always important in office design. When optimising a space, it’s essential to look at every aspect, from the flooring to the decorations and, indeed, lighting.

To the untrained eye, lighting is something that simply illuminates a space. An office interior designer, on the other hand, will look at it from a different perspective.

In this blog, we explore the ways in which modern interior designers make the most of lighting solutions. From health and safety to sustainability and more, you’ll learn about the factors that inform their design decisions and find plenty of inspiration for your own refurb project.

Read on to learn more …

1) Improve Indoor Air Quality

In one of our recent blogs, we spoke about how businesses can stop the spread of coronavirus through introducing air purifiers that measure indoor air quality. Another great way to stop the spread is through lighting.

These days, you can buy “anti-viral” LED lighting solutions that can oxidise and kill airborne nasties that are harmful to humans. This includes harmful COVID-19 droplets, which can easily become trapped in enclosed environments.

In addition to stopping the spread of COVID, better indoor air quality can increase employee productivity and reduce sick days. Therefore, introducing this kind of lighting can be a smart investment for your business.

For more ideas on how to stop the spread, take a look at our blog: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality to Prevent COVID-19.

To learn more about “anti-viral” lighting solutions, check out Hyperion from Burland Technology here.

A pink neon sign against a living wall to inspire and promote wellbeing in an office A pink neon sign against a living wall to inspire and promote wellbeing in an office

2) Boost Energy Efficiency

Your choice of lighting is key in making your workspace more energy efficient. For example, LEDs and compact fluorescent lamps use less energy than a standard bulb, making them a good choice for workspaces where lights are left on for long periods.

Another way to reduce light usage is to introduce motion sensor lights. These only activate when someone enters a space, meaning you don’t have to remind employees to turn off light switches.

These solutions offer a sure-fire way to reduce energy consumption and, in turn, lower your electricity bill. Additionally, you can optimise your space to let in more natural light.

Find out how in our recent blog: How Sustainable is Your Office Design?

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 3) Go Linear

A linear light is as a long, thin shaped luminaire that distributes light over a narrow area. Linear lighting has boomed in popularity in recent years, and with good reason.

One key benefit of linear lighting is its flexibility. It can be mounted into almost any ceiling type, including mounted, suspended, receded and grid. Furthermore, linear lighting can be fashioned into various shapes, giving designers license to create stunning custom lighting features.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for lighting that’s versatile, stylish and contemporary, then linear is the way to go. In fact, we’ve used it in many of our own projects, which you can see here.

For another great example of our use of linear lighting, take a look at the bespoke thunder bolt design we designed for Haringey Sixth Form College.

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While there are plenty of ways to make offices quieter, few would consider lighting to be among the solutions. These days, however, there is a wide range of lighting solutions available that reduce noise pollution.

For example, you can get noise-cancelling standing lamps, pendant lights and chandeliers, all of which are available in a range of colours and styles. You can also install backlighting behind acoustic panels to give your space warm, inviting look.

By introducing acoustic lighting, you can kill two birds with one stone and improve concentration amongst your employees. An excellent investment for any business!

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5) Think About Your Overall Design Scheme

Your lighting can be the cherry on the cake of a fantastic design scheme. Rather than thinking about lighting as a functional aspect of the interior, think about it as a part of the design scheme.

Take the modern-industrial aesthetic, which is typically marked by raw materials, Crittall glass and exposed ceilings. If you’re going for this look, dome pendant lights will compliment it perfectly.

For a modern corporate aesthetic, linear lighting will be an ideal fit. It’s sleek and simple design offers a stylish alternative to standard luminaires and helps to set a corporate tone.

These are just a couple of examples, but there is a plethora of office lighting on the market to suit your design preferences. If you’re not sure where to start, the best idea is to consult the help of office interior designers to offer suggestions.

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Thank You for Reading

As you have discovered, lighting can do much more than illuminate a space. From contributing to the aesthetic to reducing noise pollution and saving energy, there is a lot lighting can do when it comes to space optimisation.

With these things in mind, you can now make a more informed decision when re-designing refurbishing your office. You could say that you’ve seen the light!

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Need Help?
Speak to Rap’s London Interior Designers

If you’re office design is being let down by dated lighting, then Rap Interiors can help. Rap’s London interior designers have transformed countless offices across the capital and the UK with contemporary and cutting-edge design schemes, helping to breathe new life into dated interiors.

To book a free consultation, call 0333 600 1234 or email refurb@rapinteriors.co.uk.

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