Every business owner is concerned with finding ways to increase the productivity of workers. Not only do productive workers have a higher sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, but it allows the company to reach its goals and improve its bottom line.
One easy – and yet often overlooked – way to increase productivity is to improve the lighting of your workspace. This is especially true in an industrial setting where natural light is limited or non-existent. Not only will better lighting help the productivity of workers, but it can also have a positive effect on their health and well being.
In an industrial setting, the most important thing that light can do is make sure that your workers have sufficient visibility in order to perform their tasks. The lighting required for different tasks can be different. For example, the lighting required to work in front of a computer is much less than the lighting required to operate a piece of machinery.
In most industrial cases, the increase of the lux lighting level can both increase performance as well as reduce the number of mistakes. For example, in a 2002 study conducted by Philips, the lighting level in a composing room was increased from 100 to 1000. They found that the task performance of the workers increased by 30% and the number of rejected products was reduced by 18%.
In general, it is recommended that all industrial lighting levels are a minimum 500 lux for optimal performance. In general, the higher the light level, the greater increase you will see in your productivity levels.
To improve your industrial lighting, there are several criteria that you should meet. The first is, as previously stated, that there is enough light to accomplish the task in each area as well as uniform light over the task area. The second is that there is a balance luminous distribution through the entire room. The third is that the installed light does not emit a glare. The fourth is that the light is an appropriate color and has good color rendering. The fifth and final is that the lights do not flicker.
To help you design the perfect levels of light in your industrial setting, talk to a lighting specialist about the different types of lighting that you can install throughout your space.