Lighting Options for Cubicles
In the past decade, open floor plan trends for office buildings have reached new heights. Taking on the configuration of a large room with segregated work spaces, cubicles and dividers, the modern arrangement is effective in reducing expenses related to building rentals and maintenance.
Open floor plans in commercial offices have a dark side that rarely gets attention. The layout can sometimes work against employees, which has been linked to a decrease in productivity due to congestion and distractions. An effective way to curtail this unwanted effect is to boost lighting within specific cubicles or work spaces.
LED Desk Lamps and Cabinet Lights
LED desk lamps are a great place to start, for people who have no secondary lighting system in their cubicle. Ideally, the unit should be compact, to promote spaciousness, and always pointed downwards to reduce light trespass outside of the target location. Extendable arms are recommended for cubicles wherein detailed tasks, such as drafting, designing or soldering, are performed.
For a sleek, low-profile option, try using LED cabinet lights. The luminaries are slim and can be installed under one’s desk, shelves or inside large storage spaces. Due to the small space, a high-powered fixture is not needed.
What About Overhead Lighting?
Overhead lighting over cubicles in office buildings with open floor plans could be difficult to implement, due to the shared nature of the space. A permanent fixture hanging over the target location from the ceiling could be distracting for other workers and may violate company policy.
Alternatively, for individuals who persistently need overhead illumination, a tall, standalone lamp could be an effective lighting option for cubicles. To prevent disturbing nearby employees, a cover should be placed over the light to control the direction of the beams (downward). For decreasing eye strain during long periods of work, a lamp with dimmable features is recommended.