June 25, 2015 - By timlaight
Although there is no legal requirement around office lighting, health and safety regulations do demand sufficient and suitable lighting to be provided. The guidelines set out by the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) outline the case and as a general rule, an office should be illuminated to quite a high level of 500 LUX where reading or detailed work is carried out, in less demanding areas such as meeting rooms 300 LUX is more than sufficient.
Lighting design in an office is particularly important where employees use display screens and it is here that there are some legal obligations to adhere to. Generally the best advice is to provide task lighting to ensure satisfactory lighting conditions and an appropriate contrast between the screen and the background environment. Nowadays, modern display screens are so bright specialist light fittings are no longer absolutely necessary in every case.
With the advent of the need to be energy-efficient, LED lighting solutions are definitely the way ahead for reducing office lighting costs. They can be as much as 80% more efficient than halogen lights and 40% more efficient than some fluorescent lights. However, they are still relatively expensive. It is here Sky Electrical advise our customers to consider the return on initial investment figures before deciding to install a cheaper alternative fluorescent lighting solution.
New LED lighting panels and fittings effectively draw to a halt to all of the annual maintenance costs, There are no lamps to replace, no starter switches and the expected life of the LED light unit is beyond 10 years.
In recent months we have seen the costs of LED lights drop considerably so they are now an effective affordable choice, which also helps any companies green credentials. If you need to reduce you office lighting costs or worried about your office lighting, whether for refurbishment or maintenance and need advice please call Sky Electrical on 020 8894 1799 or Electricians Twickenham.
David Hogben Director Sky Electrical Ltd.