Top tips for managing daylight in offices

Daylight saving – What you need to know

On 29th October at 2am, the UK reverts to standard GMT by changing clocks back one hour, to 1am, signaling the official end of British summertime.

With autumn daylight saving around the corner, it is important to ensure that office environments are maintained to foster employee wellbeing and productivity when it’s dull and dark outside.

The main purpose of daylight saving time is to make better use of daylight, in the hope of saving energy. Not only does daylight saving increase enjoyment of sunlight in summer months, it also saves money as we reduce the demand for artificial lighting.

On the other hand, in winter months, this hour is moved back, meaning we lose an hour of daylight from our afternoon schedule, and this can have negative repercussions. Read on to explore the impact of daylight in the workplace and the latest innovative office tools, which help replicate the benefits of daylight.

Why is daylight in the office important?

The most detrimental factor to productivity and wellbeing in the work place is a poor office environment. With increasing numbers of open-plan offices, enhancing the working environment and maintaining a productive office design, it is becoming an important subject matter. Central to this is ensuring maximum daylight illumination, which has been correlated to increased productivity and wellbeing. (For more information click here).

A lack of daylight can have serious consequences. Not only does it increase costs due to the need for artificial lighting, but it can also negatively impact our health and mood.

Daylight has 3 key positive impacts:

Vision – Our vision in natural daylight (excluding extreme sunlight) is better than in artificial lighting. Not only does it allow you to see things more clearly, but it also prevents you from becoming tired and drowsy from the offish yellow lighting that most artificial sources provide.

Health – The link between daylight and health is pretty clear – daylight provides us with Vitamin D, an essential element for a healthy immune system. Additionally, a lack of daylight in the office has been linked to ‘sick building’ syndrome, which links sickness with lack of daylight or windows in a building.

Mood – The presence of daylight in the workplace has been linked to increased workplace satisfaction, reduced long-term stress and increased productivity as a result.

How using a daylight lamp can mimic the above benefits

 

Although natural daylight is neither reliable nor consistent, there are ways to ensure that the benefits are sustained in your office. One signature way to do this is using daylight lamps.

If you want to truly step up the energy level in your office, go a step further and use daylight colour balanced lamps, such as the ActiVita Strip+ Daylight Lamp. These innovative lamps are designed to mimic the above wellbeing benefits of daylight, helping you to work brighter. It might seem like a small detail, but you can expect an overall big improvement in the atmosphere of your office, and productivity!

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