Many offices are overlit. There are many ways to reduce usage while maintaining a pleasant environment.
The right light level
Wondering if you have too little lighting? Many NZ offices are more likely to have too much.
Types of light
Linear fluorescent lamps, available in a range of colours, are the first choice for office environments.
Dimmers, sensors or separate lighting zones and circuits all have potential to contribute to savings.
Things you can do
Lighting must not only be functional. It must also create an effect staff find aesthetically pleasing.
Take the initiative on more efficient lighting. Start with our lighting assessment tool, then talk to an expert.
Things you can do
Creating an environment
You need sufficient levels and quality of light for staff to perform tasks. But that's not all – your people must interpret the lighting effect as a pleasant environment. There are a number of basic steps you can take to create an aesthetically pleasing effect.
- Maximise natural daylight levels, while avoiding glare
- Light walls and ceilings with bright room surface finishes, so people can move around the space efficiently and safely
- Provide the correct colour rendering and colour temperature to improve the feeling of comfort
- Allow zoning so people can dim lights or switch them off when they are not required, saving electricity.
Take the RightLight assessment
As a first step, try our online lighting assessment tool. It measures your lighting performance against the standards of the New Zealand Green Building Council and also the Building Code. You’ll see how your business compares – and get some valuable tips on what you need to do to improve.
With that information in hand you’ll be better equipped to talk to a lighting expert.
Talk to a professional
Lighting is a specialist area, so it pays to talk with a qualified lighting professional. Ideally they should be IES-accredited (illumination Engineers Society).
Ask them to assess your specific needs and suggest the most appropriate energy efficient lighting designs and lamp options for your requirements.
Make sure you get a clear cost/benefit analysis of the different efficient lighting options available including payback period/ROI and lifecycle costs (including maintenance costs).