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Boosting Productivity: The Relationship Between LED Lighting And Employee Performance

In order to create a happy and functional workplace, it’s vital to consider the comfort and needs of your employees.

Many business owners think about things like regular breaks, access to water or hot drinks, fresh fruit, comfortable chairs and many other things. But did you know that the type of lighting you use in your office could also impact your employees’ productivity?

How LED Lighting Boosts Productivity

LED lighting is being installed in more and more workplaces across the UK. One of the primary reasons for this is that it’s far more cost-effective and energy efficient.

But there are other benefits besides and boosting your employees’ productivity is one of them.

You may be wondering how the simple switch to LED lighting could have such a significant impact. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which this works.

Improve Workplace Safety

I recently watched a rather disturbing video on TikTok about a man who met his demise at work owing to a lack of attention to health and safety.

Now, you’ve probably covered the basics such as making sure floors are even and without trip hazards, checking electrical systems, having a fire safety plan and all the other obvious points.

But have you considered how lighting could improve workplace safety?

Well, it can! Having an evenly lit office means that no areas will be dimly lit. Where this happens, there is a greater risk of injuries or accidents which leads to employees having to take time off.

What’s more, when your team feels safe at work, they’re more likely to produce better results.

It’s also important to point out that having good light can be crucial in noisy or busy workplaces like factories and warehouses. Many companies are now taking the leap and this has a direct positive impact on the productivity of your team.

Reduce Discomfort For Employees

Have you ever sat in front of a monitor or tried reading a book in low light? You’ll know that the strain on your eyes is enormous. Now imagine having to work in that kind of light eight hours a day, five days a week. It’s going to be uncomfortable.

But LED lighting is much kinder on the eyes as it doesn’t produce any glare. What’s more, it’ll produce uniform lighting across a workspace.

Traditional fluorescent lighting can flicker and induce headaches which will naturally impact productivity. Where lighting is comfortable and easy to work in, your team will perform to its best.

Better Sleep Quality

One of the greatest advantages of using LED lighting is that it doesn’t interfere with your natural sleep-wake cycle.

You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm. This is your body’s natural 24-hour cycle and, depending on where you are in the cycle, your behaviour and productivity will be affected.

Humans are designed to sleep when it’s dark so it’s at this point in that 24 hour cycle that your body will begin to wind down. However, it’s been proven (and I’ll cover the science in the upcoming section) that being exposed to the incorrect type of light can cause you to feel prematurely sleepy.

On the other hand, LED lighting provides a consistency that’s very close to that of natural light. If you have an office-based team that’s working from 9-5 every day, it’s vital that they have good exposure to light to ensure their productivity and motivation remains where it should.

Natural light has been proven to improve focus and cognitive function, boost your mood and increase your energy levels. It’s a no brainer when you think about it.

And There’s Science To Back This All Up

I have just touched upon the scientific evidence that demonstrates the powerful effects of natural light (which is mimicked by LED lighting) but there are so many more interesting studies that have taken place around this.

For example, while red light has been shown to increase the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone), blue light is known for its ability to boost attention and reactions as well as focus. Since LED lighting can be purchased in various colour temperatures, you’ll be able to choose something that’s most beneficial to the workplace. There are even daylight bulbs that have a colour temperature of around 6500K which are about as close to natural light as you can get.

But it doesn’t end there. Further studies have shown that poor-quality lighting can increase irritability and may be responsible for the onset of a wealth of occupational conditions including headaches, gastrointestinal upset and even seasonal depression.

A happy and comfortable employee is much more likely to be focused and produce excellent work. The proof is in the pudding; LED lighting goes much deeper than just illuminating a workplace. It could be the solution to your productivity problems.

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