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Let’s Shine a Light On…Light!

Are you aware of the profound impact light can have on your productivity mood, and overall well-being?

Getting lighting conditions right is an essential aspect of creating a comfortable and productive workspace.

Asymmetric vs. Symmetric Lighting – The Difference!

Asymmetric lighting refers to illumination that comes from one direction, providing a focused beam of light. This type of lighting is often used to highlight specific areas or objects. On the other hand, symmetric lighting offers uniform illumination from multiple directions, spreading light evenly across a space. Each type of lighting serves different purposes, and choosing the right one depends on the task and ambiance you want to achieve.

The type of lighting you choose can significantly impact your ability to perform tasks effectively and safely. Asymmetric lighting is ideal for focused work, such as reading, writing, or intricate tasks, as it reduces glare and shadows. On the other hand, symmetric lighting is better suited for general illumination, providing a more balanced environment for overall productivity. Some task lights offer the ability to change where the light source is hitting enabling the user to control light effectively around different tasks.

Beyond task performance, the lighting in our surroundings can influence our mood and well-being. Natural light, for example, has been linked to enhanced mood and increased productivity. On the contrary, poor lighting conditions, like flickering or harsh fluorescent lights, can lead to eye strain, headaches, and a decline in overall mood.

Different light sources emit varying colour temperatures, ranging from warm to cool tones? Warm lighting (lower colour temperature) tends to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, making it suitable for relaxation and social spaces. Meanwhile, cool lighting (higher colour temperature) is more stimulating and ideal for areas where focus and concentration are crucial

As ergonomists we believe in finding the perfect balance of lighting for your unique needs. Whether you are working on a complex project, winding down after a long day, or engaging in a team meeting, the right lighting can make all the difference. Understanding this helps you design an environment that promotes productivity, creativity, and well-being.

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Nichola Adams

Founder of Inspired Ergonomics

Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF, ACPOHE Reg Member, is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics.

Nichola is a specialist in back pain disorders in the workplace. Inspired Ergonomics regularly provides consultancy services to leading UK and International companies on how to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace as well as working with rehabilitation companies.

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