Today, lighting enthusiasts, we will be exploring the joys of trying to achieve , the SLL’s most recent office lighting guidance document. For those of you who don’t design office lighting this may not mean much to you, but for those of you who do, perhaps you can tell me how close you get and what are the main issues you come across?
In a modern office with lighting installed previously by the landlord for LG3 use, it can sometimes be hard to move this from a basic scheme to something our clients should be having. All too often the ambience, or part of the scheme which makes it bearable to work in, is the part which can be lost to budget constraints and time. However in my professional opinion we should always light a space for our users and not for the bottom line cost as real live humans have to work there not just accountants .
Sick building syndrome is not mentioned as often these days so perhaps things have changed for the better or is it that we are becoming more conditioned to the environments we have to work in and adapting rather than really feeling better in the spaces we spend a lot of our days in?
An example of a contractor office lighting fit-out which would give no light onto ceilings and little onto the walls.
Currently I am working on Google’s HQ in London and this is a client who truly knows how to make a workplace fun, interesting and inspiring to work within. They value lighting and how interesting elements can bring a lease of life to the staff who work there.
Without the use of colour but with the injection of funky, diverse and interesting lighting, I have been able to turn an average space into a friendlier working environment which is nothing like any office I have ever worked in. This of course takes understanding and vision from the client and the whole design team but what of LG7? Well this standard even with all this diversity is still not properly adhered to, so where does it leave my scheme? Should we have the latitude to light freely and to create something different whilst still giving adequate functional lighting but not meet LG7 or should I be going back to the drawing board and meeting standards but not my client's brief?
Any examples of your lighting dilemmas would be good to hear about? What standards (interior or exterior) do you find hard to meet and why? How is lighting to change in the coming years to meet the changes in the way we work and what our bodies need to achieve a happy state of alertness and functionality at work?
Looking forward to hearing from you all