February 2, 2022
There’s a reason why desks near windows are coveted office real estate. We’re biologically hardwired to prefer places with lots of light. Monitoring light intensity ensures we know there’s enough light to work effectively, and has the potential for huge energy savings.
The right light levels
Not too bright, not too dull – what level of illumination is ideal for office lighting? The recommended range for workplace task lighting is between 300 and 500 lux. Lux is a standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as "illuminance" or "illumination".
Light and wellbeing at work
Optimization of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers. In fact, Cornell University research revealed that workers in daylight office environments reported a 51% drop in eyestrain complaints, a 63% drop in headaches, and a 56% reduction in drowsiness.
Studies have also revealed that employees who don’t get enough sunlight at work experience more sleep, energy, and health problems. It’s no surprise then that a Harvard Business Review study showed that employees value sunlight and outdoor views over every other office perk.
Office buildings consume a substantial amount of energy and lighting is one the single biggest consumers. Monitoring light levels over time, can help you understand if energy is being spent unnecessarily on lighting, for example, if there’s enough natural light in the room or lights are being left on accidentally. By continuously monitoring your light levels, you could identify trends and decrease your electricity consumption.
Discover Awair for business
Lighting in your workplace is critically important for your ability to accomplish tasks efficiently and safely. Awair tracks light levels to give you the insight needed to create healthier, more productive work environments, and smarter office investments.
Indoor air quality in schools has always been important. IAQ heavily impacts alertness and cognition, so it has a direct relationship to the well-being and performance of students. In addition, the topic has now taken on an all-new level of urgency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In December, I joined Awair as a key advisor and board member. I first became interested in the company after meeting its founders and hearing about their dedication to studying and improving indoor air quality. While they started the company to improve their children’s lives, their products can help anyone measure indoor air quality in real time. To me, that creates an enormous opportunity to improve people’s lives everywhere.
The smells we associate with newness and cleanliness — a fresh coat of paint, a new carpet, lemon-scented disinfectant — are not as harmless as they may seem. These odors are caused by the release of gases called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many common building materials and household products.