How to Design Your Office Lighting?

How to Design Your Office Lighting

Have you ever racked your brain to design your LED office lighting?

Office lighting is familiar to many people since we spend a significant amount of time in the office.

However, we always get confused while designing lighting for our office.

Tips for Choosing Proper Office Lighting

1) Use Natural Light as Much as Possible

Use Natural Light as Much as Possible

The first consideration is to make the best possible use of natural light when designing lighting. It is because the human eye it most adaptable to natural light after tens of millions of years of evolution. In an office, natural light is affected by windows orientation, windows opening, weather, curtain shading.

Different lights create different atmospheres: the more closer to the color of natural light, the better it will be. To achieve comfortable lighting environment, combine artificial and natural lighting.

In modern times, it is recommended to use natural light as the primary source and artificial lighting as a secondary source to save energy and reduce emissions in an office setting.

2) Preventing Glare in the Office

Preventing Glare in the Office
Panel Light

Avoiding glare is crucial, as it is a common nuisance for office workers.Glare is harmful to people as working in bright light for long periods of time can cause disgust, fatigue and even eye damage.

To prevent glare in the office, consider using office light fixtures such as strip lights, panel lights, baffles, and lenses.

3) Color Temperature: Warm and Cold Color of Office Lighting

Color Temperature Warm and Cold Color of Office Lighting

In general, the lower the color temperature, the warmer the color, the more red it will be; conversely, the higher the color temperature, the more colder and bluer it can be.

It is suggested to use white light with a color temperature of approximately 5000 K for work areas and yellow light with a color temperature of around 3000 K for leisure areas.

The lighting atmosphere is also one of the keys to improving the comfort and efficiency of people in the offices. Many companies like to use positive white light or strong white light to highlight their sense of technology and cleanliness. However, this is not the best choice because the ideal state of office lighting is close to natural light. A color temperature between 3000-4000 K, with certain proportions of red, green, and blue light, can create a natural, comfortable, and stable atmosphere.

White light reflects more realistic in color, for it has a larger contrast of irradiation with colder color temperature, which is like sunlight. Besides, white light suits for all kinds of working areas

Yellow light has a visual warm feeling, as well as lighting the relatively small pair, suitable for interpersonal relations and creating atmosphere.

4) Illuminance: the Brightness of Office Lighting

Illuminance the Brightness of Office Lighting

Illuminance is the amount of visible light per unit area on an illuminated surface, measured in lux (1 lux = 1 lumen/square meter). If we say that the work of the desktop is bright enough, it refers to the illuminance is enough. For the same area, a higher luminous flux results in a higher lumen value and therefore a higher illuminance.

Generally speaking, if you want a bright and clear lighting environment, the higher the illuminance requirement.

Usage of Different Office Lighting Fixtures

1) Strip Office Lighting Fixtures

Strip Office Lighting Fixtures

Most companies use rectangular design of desks, which is most suitable for the use of strip lighting (flat panel, panel lights, linear lights). And such a high brightness of light and not too harsh, uniform irradiation area.

2) Round Office Lighting Fixtures

Round Office Lighting Fixtures

Round lamps are generally chosen for lounge areas, where the brightness of the light is not so important. We suggest that the light in break rooms be soft and relaxing. Compared with angular office furniture, round office furniture can soften the atmosphere of the space.

3) Modelling Office Lighting Fixtures

The pantry or coffee area can choose electric lights and modelling lamps, different shapes of lamps can set up a casual and relaxing atmosphere.

Consider the Office Lighting Requirements of Different Areas

1) Front desk

Front desk

The reception desk of every company is the face of the company and is the area where the corporate image is displayed. Therefore, in the design consideration lighting fixtures to provide a certain degree of illumination, but also require diversified lighting modeling, increase the sense of design, so that the lighting design and corporate image consistent.

2) Open Office Area

Open Office Area

The open office area is currently the largest proportion of the office space in the area. It contains the staff work, communication, personnel negotiation and other functions, can not be set in the location without natural lighting. Lighting design should prioritize uniformity and comfort, typically achieved through evenly spaced arrangements of lights, and by using appropriate lighting fixtures for each functional area.

Bench areas are usually illuminated with strip luminaires (flat panels, panels, linear lamps) to give uniform light in the working space and to reduce glare. Individual work areas use lattice light panels to make the work space evenly lit and reduce glare; channel areas use energy-saving downlighting to supplement light for the channel.

3) Personal Office Lighting

Personal Office Lighting

The personal office is a small space, so the brightness of the overhead lighting fixtures is not so important. Personal offices try to use natural light, because natural light is the most suitable light source for the human eye, and working under natural light is the most comfortable.

4) Conference room

Conference room

Make people’s attention to produce a sense of concentration, illumination should be appropriate, around can be added auxiliary lighting.

Conference rooms serve multiple purposes, such as negotiations, events, and entertainment. Thus, the lighting design should accommodate various configurations for seamless scene transitions. For example, when making a PPT presentation, the point light source on the downlight is needed, and the surface light source of the light film is needed for formal meetings; for entertainment activities, the line light source of the light strip is the best.

5) Leisure Area

Leisure Area

Leisure areas should have comfortable and non-harsh lighting, allowing people to relax. Shaping the light in these spaces can set a pleasant atmosphere.

6) Reception Area

Reception Area

The reception area can play the function of “business card”. So first impressions are crucial, and lighting can help offices achieve the desired effect. Light atmosphere to soothe the main, partly by the product display place, need to use light focus on the exhibition.

7) Public Access

Public Access

Public access area lamps and lanterns, illumination can be controlled flexibly according to the aisle, that is, the multi-way circuit method, to facilitate the purpose of energy saving at night overtime, the general illumination control in about 200 Lx. The choice of luminaires to downlight class more, or use the combination of concealed light strip, can also play a leading purpose.

A Summary on Designing Office Lighting

A Summary on Designing Office Lighting

Finally a small summary, a good office lighting to meet the following points:

  1. Healthy and comfortable lighting should resemble natural light: bright but not harsh, and gentle but not hot.
  2. the right level of illumination to make employees feel comfortable.
  3. The placement of lighting fixtures should be strategic to avoid direct or indirect glare that impacts people.
  4. Assess the lighting requirements for different areas and make suitable adjustments.
  5. zoning lighting should be careful so that the room has a reasonable distribution of brightness to allow employees to combine work and rest.

About Moko

For people in the workplace, the company is probably the longest time in the lighting environment every day. Proper office lighting significantly influences staff comfort, work efficiency, as well as visual and mental health, emphasizing the importance of lighting in office environments. Moko sincerely invite you to our company for visiting and reviewing.


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Scott Hughes
Scott Hughes
Double Bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Electrical Engineering, 5+ years of experience with LED lighting, intelligent moving lights, and conventional fixtures. Reach Me Now>>
Scott Hughes
Scott Hughes
Double Bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Electrical Engineering, 5+ years of experience with LED lighting, intelligent moving lights, and conventional fixtures. Reach Me Now>>
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