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Optimize Your Company's Lighting for Employees' Circadian Rhythms

Use lighting control in your workspace to keep everyone energized.

Optimize Your Company's Lighting for Employees' Circadian Rhythms

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding to light and darkness in an organism's environment. These natural cycles repeat about every day and persist even without external cues such as daylight and darkness.

How Can Circadian Rhythms Affect Work Productivity?

The most important cue for the internal circadian clock is sunlight. The light/dark cycle shifts our body's biological rhythm to synchronize with the 24-hour day-night cycle and supports normal functioning.

Lighting affects sleep quality by regulating our biological clock. Disruption of the light/dark cycle can lead to sleep problems and other health issues. For employees, changes in light exposure disrupt the circadian rhythm and may cause a reduction in productivity, creativity, and well-being throughout the day.

Daylight during the day might increase energy, but too much artificial light at night disrupts melatonin production (a natural substance that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle). For example, using your computer or phone before bed can induce insomnia. Your productivity may dwindle, and your mood may not be good either, with little to no sleep.

Benefits of Having a Lighting Plan for the Employer

The way we feel can be drastically changed by the lighting in our office environment. That's why it's crucial to optimize your company's lighting with solutions that target circadian rhythms, like Savant Systems LED Lighting.

Developing a lighting plan that helps employees stay awake and alert during the day will increase their productivity. Changing your office's light bulbs to LEDs can help you accomplish this goal. Lighting solutions for your business can include; desk lamps, task lights, and ambient overhead light.

The right light in the workplace improves employee health by increasing exposure to natural daylight, which boosts energy levels and keeps circadian rhythms healthy. Employers can preserve energy and increase profits while employees feel energized.

What Are Some Best Practices for Designing Office Spaces?

Your Houston Savant Dealer, Echo Workshop, offers lighting control for commercial properties designed to provide employees with an optimal work environment, which will translate into increased productivity and creativity throughout the day.

Light can be adjusted to different intensities and color temperatures, impacting circadian rhythms in different ways. LED Lighting provides a variety of benefits for employees and employers alike:

  • It helps employees concentrate by reducing visual fatigue.
  • Maintains employee comfort and health with reduced glare, less flicker, harsh blue-light emissions.
  • Lowers lighting costs by using less energy.

How to Optimize Employees' Productivity Ahead of the Daylight Savings Time Switch?

As mentioned, lighting affects circadian rhythms. So, tinkering with LED lighting in the office may help enhance productivity. These can be changed depending on the expected outcome.

If you need an employee to work on a task that requires more focus and attention, then you should increase the intensity (or brightness) of their surroundings to enhance their performance.

If you need an employee to work on a task that requires more creativity, you should increase the blue light in their surroundings to enhance their performance. Echo Workshop can help you customize lighting solutions to keep employees focused, productive and creative.

As Daylight Savings Time approaches, Echo Workshop wants to encourage companies to optimize their lighting. Light intensity and timing can be adjusted based on different work tasks for maximum productivity throughout the day. 

Takeaway

It's almost Daylight Savings Time (DST). If you are a business owner, this is the perfect time to evaluate your lighting and improve employee productivity. Contact us today so that our team can walk you through Savant Systems LED Lighting solutions that will keep employees happy and awake at work.

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