It’s been a few months since Interior lighting for offices – LG7 heaven or hell? and the potential dilemma of whether we stick to the lighting codes, perhaps at the expense of the comfort of the user of the space. With this in mind, I now want to look at how we combine the two and end up with a workable and likeable scheme that makes everyone happy.
Some examples of types of office lighting; what feels best to you? What looks right?
In the days before guides, how did we determine what felt ‘right’ in lighting? How did we decide if we had enough light and who made those decisions? Why do we feel the need to set a standard and stick to it, are we all just a nation of bottom coverers?
I believe we need to combine the two and have the courage of our convictions when straying sometimes from the path. How much light is enough? Is a brighter environment better for some and less for others? How do you like to work in your office, because in my experience some like the lights off and others insist on brightness? Conflicts can occur so how do we pick the best for everyone from so many variations?
If we look at lighting levels on a desk in an open office we must also balance that with the amount of light hitting the walls and ceiling. So many schemes state they are LG7-compliant but very few in my experience are. How can we manage that guideline and still meet LEED or BREEAM? If we put more light in or have luminaires which do not just focus light onto the working plane how much efficiency is lost? What should be more important, the environment or the lighting level? It is of course the comfort and safety of those working in the space but the other two still vie for top spot.
So what are your views? Is the desk king or should the whole space work as one perhaps to the detriment of desk lux levels? Who is right and who is wrong?... you decide!
Cross-posted 20/02/12 to LinkedIn "Innovations in Light" group (registration req'd): http://linkd.in/yLtiob