With the change in seasons comes shorter days and less sunlight. We know that vitamin D is critical in maintaining our health. Do you notice a shift in mood in your workers as Fall approaches? How does sunlight, and lighting in general, affect workers?
Picture a fancy restaurant with dim lighting. What is the typical posture when trying to read the menu – head bent forward, eyes squinted? The same is true in workplaces. When lighting is insufficient, workers have to spend more time with the neck bent down to read documents or inspect parts, which can lead to muscle strain and fatigue.
Now picture you are on a patio on a sunny day trying to read the menu. Too much light can lead to glare, which can cause eye strain, dry eyes, and headaches. How can we ensure lighting is adequate?
Guidelines for Workplace Lighting
- Incorporate natural light into the work place when possible
- Provide task lighting for tasks that require attention to fine detail
- Raise documents to improve viewing and reduce neck flexion
- Orient computer monitors perpendicular to windows to reduce glare
- Avoid sitting with windows directly in front of or behind you
- Adjust the brightness of screens to match the brightness of the room. Many devices today have auto lighting features that will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen
- If you are switching over to LEDs, consider adding a dimming function
If you require a lighting assessment for your workplace, contact ERGO today. We have a light meter and will compare your readings to guidelines and provide you with some practical tips for how to optimize your workplace lighting.