All organisations have at least one place where they hold meetings or gatherings. However, something which many of these organisations do not understand is how vital the design of the space is to the work that is carried out in it. The lighting of the room is one vital aspect which can promote or hinder productivity. How can you decide on the optimal lighting for a meeting space? Below are some important aspects that relate to lighting in meeting spaces.
Consider The Room Size
Think about how many people the room accommodates. Is it a small space for conferences or a large area for lectures? Understanding the size of the room is crucial to getting the lighting correct.
It stands to reason that if you have a lot of bulbs in a space, you will use up a lot of energy. Consider methods of lighting the room without causing an energy waste. If the room has large windows these may help, however, since sunlight changes throughout the day you cannot guarantee control over the light levels in this way. Think about the use of LED bulbs, such as by Litenow, or another method that will save energy.
Consider The Technology Used In The Space
Is a projection screen used in the space? Do people need to use their tablets, laptops or other devices? You need to ensure that the lighting does not reflect off the devices or interfere with how readable materials are on a projector screen. Think about the technology you plan to use in the space and test out whether the lighting will be appropriate.
Aim For Proper Brightness
Lighting levels that are very low can make the people in the room feel sleepy. However, if the lighting is very bright it can have people feeling restless and unable to concentrate. In addition, consider the correct lighting for taking notes and reading materials, particularly for people who require extra light due to poor eyesight. Test the light levels to ensure they are at the best level of brightness.
Controlling The Lights
You can control the lighting in the room in a variety of ways. A series of switches can be used to control each section of the lights, this will let you turn some lights on while keeping others off. Opting for a dimmer switch means you are able to adjust the level of lighting all at the same time. Spaces that are large may benefit from a lighting board which changes each section individually to create the perfect lighting for your needs.
Does the space get very dark when all the lights are off? Can the switch be found easily in the dark? Trying to find a switch in the dark can lead to an accident or even a lawsuit. Many organisations have a system that doesn’t let someone enter a dark room. They may use motion sensors which automatically switch the lights on prior to entry or pilot lights that provide continuous low-level lighting so that switches can be easily found. Or, the switch can be placed outside of the room and be manually turned on as people enter.
Other important considerations also exist when it comes to the choice of lighting for meeting spaces. A room can benefit from increased versatility and productivity when the correct lighting is chosen. Consider how the space will be used and the various lighting options available that will meet your needs.