The Impact of Light and Colour on the Workplace

28th February 2024 | 3 min read

Sunlight streaming through a large window at 90 High Holborn, illuminating the workspace with warm, natural light, emphasising the impact of light and colour on workplace ambiance

In the dynamic landscape of modern work environments, the need for customisable workspaces designed to foster innovation, connection, and thriving professional lives are ever more prominent. As we delve into the intricacies of workplace design, it’s essential to acknowledge the influence that light and colour have on our way of working. Let’s explore five ways in which these elements shape our work experience, that LABS can provide.

Energy Levels: Let There Be (the Right) Light!

Ever felt like a nap at your desk? Blame it on the lighting! According to studies, low or dim lighting lowers people’s ability to concentrate. Too much of those intense, bright lights are no heroes either. Research from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) delves into the effects of different light types, brightness, and colour temperature on productivity and mood. It found a range of lighting for modern office systems between 300-750 lux was best to keep users focused and efficient.

Flexible Lighting: Shedding Light on Eco-Friendly Vibes

Office lighting is getting a glow-up. LABS is all about energy efficiency and your comfort. Enter individual task lighting, the superhero of lighting options. It not only saves energy but also gives you control over your personal space. There are of course preferences as far as colour temperatures and types of space are concerned. The British Standards Institution recommends a range of very warm (2200 K) to warm-to-natural (3000 K) for residential and office use. The BSI also notes that allowing users to adjust the colour temperature can help create a more pleasant working environment.

Neurodiversity Inclusivity: Lighting for All Minds

Neurodiversity is a term that is being used more and more in workspace design circles. Lighting in the workplace can have a significant impact on employees with neurodiverse needs. They can be particularly sensitive to all sorts of elements within the office environment, including lighting. Bright or intense lighting can be overwhelming and distracting making concentration tricky and the colour temperature needs to be carefully thought about too. Cool white lighting may be perceived as harsh and may contribute to anxiety, while warm white lighting may create a more calming and comfortable atmosphere. Let’s make the workplace a sensory-friendly haven for everyone.

The Art of Wayfinding: Light Your Path to Success

Good wayfinding in the office is crucial. LABS has a bright idea in this respect. Lighting isn’t just about aesthetics; it can also be thought of as a guiding star. Illuminating routes with feature lighting not only makes spaces look cool but also sets the emotional vibe. It’s like your personal GPS.

Collaborative Illumination: Shedding Light on Creative Vibes

Ever heard of Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’? This concept suggests that different types of lighting can be associated with various moods or tasks. Each ‘hat’ represents a different way of thinking. Applying this concept to lighting in the workplace can help facilitate a well-rounded discussion and decision-making processes. By tailoring lighting to tasks, LABS believes in creating an atmosphere where creativity flows. Collaborative thinking is key and so is good lighting.

Natural Light Matters: Soak in Some Vitamin D!

Time to embrace the sun, even in winter! LABS knows that artificial light can turn us into energy vampires. Mirjam Muench agrees – she’s an academic specialising in circadian and sleep Physiology and biological light effects so someone who knows all about the magic of natural light. LABS recommends soaking up those rays all year round for a boost in well-being and productivity. It’s like a daily dose of sunshine for your workspace!

 So there you have it, LABS is on a mission to light up your work life, one LED at a time. Stay tuned for more bright ideas!