Workplace Lighting Standards
Workplace Lighting Standards address a plethora of concerns associated with the principles of design, placement, installation, energy requirements, and upgrades to light fixtures in
Proper illumination is essential for the optimization of both comfort and productivity in the workplace; workplace lighting dictates quality of perception, mood, and
performance of employees. InformeDesign’s Newsletter (pdf) on the psychological effect of
lighting on people in various workplaces details the importance of adherence to workplace lighting standards.
Guidelines for lighting fixtures are outlined for both indoor and outdoor workplaces, as well as a variety of very specific settings including agricultural facilities, hospitals,
educational institutions, museums, and so forth. Safe practices with regards to the availability of emergency lighting, specifically the operation and performance testing of
evacuation lighting systems, are provided. Energy performance standards are also expounded upon, specifying calculations for minimum energy requirement and efficient allocation.
Standards specific to the office environment provide detailed lighting recommendations for workspaces such as office desks, circulation spaces, and more.
||Workplace Specific Lighting Standards
Lighting standards and recommendations vary dramatically across different work environments. These standards offer methods of maximizing lighting effectiveness
for the functions and demands of the specific workplace setting through optimized initial design principles as well as guidelines for system upgrades.
For example, hospital lighting standards purport to augment patient comfort and foster recovery by creating a uniquely pleasant environment, museum lighting standards take into consideration the fragility of exposed artwork and emphasize damage prevention, while standards for educational facilities aim to accommodate the interchange of instructional media and heighten illumination for realization of visual tasks.
||Emergency Lighting Standards
Emergency Lighting Standards seek to provide visual conditions which make safe and timely evacuation possible while simultaneously curtailing panic. Safeguards for emergency management are vital in areas to which either the public or workers have access. Recommendations for specific luminaires such as exit signs and other sources of guidance, as well as the installation, operation, and testing of these, are outlined. These standards also address design principles that account for
optimal placement, energy use, and possibility of electrical supply failure during emergencies.
||Lighting Design Standards
Proper workplace lighting design is essential in generating a comfortable and relaxing work setting, and in effect, serving to augment performance and
the quality of worker output. Design stipulations for workplace lighting are conditional upon psychological and physiological responses in humans. Read more about
the psychological effect of lighting on people in different settings in InformeDesign’s Newsletter (pdf).
These standards endeavor to integrate illumination requirements into the design principles of various luminaires in order to optimize necessary lighting practices.
Guidelines specific to crime prevention, adherence to security codes, and the protection of persons, are also included.
||Lighting Energy Standards
Workplace Lighting Energy Performance Standards address the importance of evaluation of energy consumption, allocation, and other such calculations aimed at
improving overall performance. These standards describe methods of classifying total building energy performance as well as that of specific types of luminaires,
providing a focal point of investigation into the optimization of energy consumption. Furthermore, principles for the inspection, monitoring, and testing of
selected lighting practices are included, aiding in the development of efficient lighting and energy performance practices.
||Outdoor Lighting Standards
Outdoor Workplace Lighting Standards deal with recommended lighting practices for outdoor workplaces as the efficient management of these systems.
Properly designed outdoor lighting is crucial to the preservation of safe work practices and the reduction of work-related injury. In addition to
increasing security, Outdoor Workplace Lighting Standards elucidate the implementation of photocontrols for the management of outdoor lighting fixtures.
Related standards outline guidelines for controlling the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting,
such as the effects on nearby residents, roads in proximity, astronomical observation, and so forth.
||Indoor Lighting Standards
Indoor Workplace Lighting Standards facilitate efficiency and prime performance in the work place through multifaceted analysis and guidance regarding proper
indoor lighting techniques. By acknowledging and incorporating the psychological needs of the worker, economics and energy considerations, as well as ergonomic
design principles, these standards strive to outline optimal methodologies for installation and operation of indoor lighting. Recommendations for the
maximization of visual comfort afforded by the conjunction of artificial and day lighting are
applied to specific office settings such as circulation spaces, office desks, and screen-based tasks.
Well balanced illumination is essential for the establishment of a safe and productive work environment; optimizing illumination in
the industrial workplace requires a number of considerations including type of equipment, environmental considerations, financial needs,
goals, and type of work, etc. Generally, factors that affect the effectiveness of illumination are quantity and quality of light, amount of flicker,
amount of glare, contrast and shadows. Each factor must be adjusted differently to optimize illumination in emergency, safety, operations, and security situations.
Industrial Lighting Standards serve to address these concerns, in addition to the plethora of other concerns associated with the design, placement,
installation, and energy requirements of illumination in industrial workplaces.