The Evolving Workspace: A New Challenge in Commercial Office Lighting

Sept. 4, 2013
While you may already understand the advantages of effective commercial office lighting, evolving trends in office design present entirely new challenges to providing quality light for your building. Here, you can learn about those challenges and the ways to overcome them.

Savvy building owners and facilities professionals know how lighting directly affects a commercial office’s bottom line. From maintenance costs to energy expenses, lighting systems are a major factor contributing to the value of any commercial building investment.

Finding ways to reduce lighting costs is a goal of any facility manager or property owner, but providing quality light—and the ability to control it—should never be overlooked. Proper lighting has the power to make office environments more pleasant and comfortable, which may lead to a more productive workforce and happier tenants.

While you may already understand the advantages of effective office lighting, evolving trends in office design present entirely new challenges to providing quality light for your building. With new open-style offices, a growing reliance on mobile devices and the prevalence of tablet screens, the likelihood of over-lighting your office is greater than ever. Today’s lighting systems need to be flexible enough to complement—not hinder—collaborative office environments such as communal workspaces and breakout rooms.

In GE Lighting’s latest whitepaper, “The Evolving Workspace,” GE presents the lighting challenges and the solutions available to commercial building owners and facilities managers like you. The following is an excerpt of what you’ll find inside:

A harsh reality today is that most commercial office and facilities workplaces are over-lit, which may affect both employees' productivity and your building's bottom-line energy costs. Pairing lower levels of ambient light with task lighting can provide optimal visual conditions and reduce energy consumption

To discover additional best practices for combating over-lighting and addressing evolving trends in your commercial office, read “The Evolving Workspace” in full

Control in Evolving Times

Each technique mentioned in “The Evolving Workspace” is an important factor in successful commercial office lighting, but the ability for lighting controls to help create productive atmospheres and manage energy costs needs to be reiterated.

Whether it’s allowing an office to harvest as much daylight as possible or the installation of motion sensors sensitive enough to detect the wave of a hand, an advanced lighting controls system is an indispensible asset for any commercial office. Having the ability—through schedules, switches and sensors—to both conserve light when it is not needed and provide light only when it is needed makes a significant impact on any office’s energy use.

In addition to lowering expenses, a superior controls system helps create customized office environments, as controls provide buildings with the flexibility to meet the various lighting needs of tenants. For example, if a tenant’s employees use a brainstorming room one moment but require more individualized work the next, an intelligent controls system will respond accordingly by providing proper lighting for the situation at hand. This will increase employee comfort, which again may lead to improved productivity and increased tenant satisfaction.

So if you’re looking to lower energy use and maintenance costs as well as create a productive workplace atmosphere, an advanced lighting controls system is worth consideration.

A Reliable Source for Commercial Office Lighting Solutions

So, whether you’re designing a new building or retrofitting an existing one, GE Lighting offers Commercial Office lighting solutions that can reduce energy and maintenance costs compared to traditional technologies and accommodate evolving workplace trends.

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