The concept of biophilia theorises that there is a connection between humans and nature. It follows therefore, that human centric lighting should be a vital consideration in commercial interior design. Using the biophilia hypothesis, human centric lighting can have wonderful benefits on a workforce – boosting productivity and performance of people working in offices and factories.
A research study by Human Spaces found that natural elements strongly influence three workforce outcomes: health, productivity and creativity. The study demonstrates mounting evidence that “biophilic design can have a positive impact, from reducing stress and anxiety, to improving the quality and availability of respite from work and in increasing levels of self-reported wellbeing”.
What this means for a business is that with biophilic design, employees are likely to be more comfortable and happy at work, boosting productivity, making less mistakes and resisting occupational hazards. In the long run, this ensures employee retention and healthy company image which will translate into more success for a business. Evidently, biophilic design is – and should be – an important consideration for businesses when designing and developing ideal workspace for employees.
One of the building blocks of biophilic design is lighting. There is a relationship between the human body and natural light, with employee performance peaking with natural light during mornings and afternoons. Alarmingly, the study found that at least 42% of EMEA offices had no access to natural light. The problem is exacerbated during autumn and winter months when natural light becomes even scarcer. This is where human centric lighting comes into picture.
Thanks to modern lighting technology such as LED lights, it is possible to create a natural light indoors. Light distribution and illumination effects play important roles in creating human centric lighting and are easily achievable with LED lights.
LEDs are versatile so they can be controlled to display light with varying intensity and colours as well as increased levels, depending on the area of workspace. LED lights also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them adaptable to suit any kind of workspace be it a meeting room, reception area, foundry or a conference room.
Being a modern technology, LED lighting can also be incorporated with other digital technology to have more control over lighting. For example, the use of microwave sensors in LED lights enables the lights to automatically switch on/off and save energy based on the number of people using a workspace at a time. Or to be able to control light switch on/off with a remote control.
We believe that human centric lighting will continue to be a key factor in commercial interior design and prove very beneficial for commercial workspaces – offices and factories alike.