Open plan layouts have been trending in commercial offices for almost a decade. The configuration utilizes a large, open room with segregated sections for various departments or tasks. Incorporating LED lighting inside businesses with open plan layouts can be complex and tricky, due to numerous considerations that need to be factored in. Such factors include the type of work being conducted in the space, working style of employees and types of activities taking place in the segregated space.
LED Lights for Detailed Tasks
Businesses with open plan layouts usually provide plenty of general lighting over the space. It is important to consider that changes to general lighting systems can have profound effects on the entire office, due to its shared nature. With this in mind, most of the focus for optimal office lighting in open plan configurations is illumination for detailed tasks.
For cubicles, one should install LED lamps or cut-off fixtures that point downwards. This type of light prevents beams from trespassing into surrounding spaces. Pantry and break rooms do not require task lights. For such rooms, it would be possible to include low color-temperature LED luminaries in order to promote rest.
Spaces Near Windows
Open plan layouts may involve the installation of large windows for natural lighting during normal business hours. Such spaces do not need extremely bright LED lamps, compared to spaces located in the middle of the open floor area. However, because natural lighting varies greatly, depending on the time of day and weather conditions, it is recommended to use a dimmable lamp with different brightness settings.
Lastly, offices that use numerous monitors and panels may consider applying indirect lighting systems to reduce glare. Such LED fixtures are pointed away from bright screens and the work space, at the wall or in other directions with minimal ongoing activity.