Office spaces command the use of special lighting configurations to serve the needs of human workers inside the building. Exposure to direct lighting for long periods of time can lead to visual strain, stress and a sharp decrease in productivity. To address such challenges, indirect lighting options should be applied.
Characteristics of Indirect Lighting
Indirect lighting offers unique benefits for commercial spaces. This type of configuration is soft and consistent throughout the room, making it ideal for locations that use a lot of computers. Glare is greatly minimized with indirect lighting and workers are less prone to eye strain, when conducting rigorous tasks. Additionally, when workers up look at the light source, they are more likely to look at stray beams or the surface the light beam is bouncing off from. Without light beams shining directly into the eyes and face of employees, a sense of comfort is promoted inside the building.
When mounting lights for indirect illumination, there should be a gap between the fixture and the target surface. If it’s the ceiling, the units are pointed upwards, with roughly three feet (or more) of space in between. Diagonally positioning the fixtures allows for a wider beam spread, though the quality of light decreases the further the beams travel.
Fixtures for Indirect Lighting Systems
Selecting luminaries for indirect lighting is a fairly straightforward process. It is important to remember that the units will be pointed at upper walls or ceilings. Because of this, the fixtures must be extremely bright to allow light to radiate and encompass the entire space. Indirect lighting is ideal for general illumination, since it’s not possible to create highly-focused beams. For such requirements, workers could use desk lamps and spotlights.
Furthermore, since indirect lighting is noticeably softer than direct lighting configurations, businesses may incorporate large amounts of natural daylight into the building, via large windows, clear roofs, doors and etc. To prevent creating a work space that is too relaxing, high color temperature fixtures can be used for enhanced clarity.