Lighting Options by Space or Area

Open Offices

Driven by changing trends in employee communication and networking, today’s open office environments need to be flexible, dynamic and ergo-centric. Traditionally, open offices were illuminated by a single lighting system. To meet the demands of the today’s open office plans and reduce energy consumption, lighting must be provided where and when it is needed, at levels suitable to the tasks being performed. The use of advanced interactive and automated lighting control and daylight harvesting systems add up to even greater energy savings.

Design Tips

  • Plan for a combination of ambient and task lighting.
  • Ambient lighting provides lower level illuminance for casual viewing, traffic circulation, and a comfortable, glare-free balance with the task lighting.Task lighting provides higher illuminance needed at specific task locations.
  • The lighting plan needs to be flexible. Consider the “transient” nature of work station locations. The planned layout for the tenant may change as they expand or reconfigure or when a new tenant moves into the space.

Consider a three-level lighting plan that combines:

  • Level One lower illuminance over circulation areas and corridors between work station clusters
  • Level Two intermediate ambient illuminance over work station locations
  • Level Three high levels of illumination at the work surface level for tasks