6 Common Office Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

The right type of lighting can make an office more inviting and easy on the eyes. It will also play a significant role in encouraging employee productivity and promoting a positive mood in the workplace.

And since lighting is an important element in any workplace, you have to ensure your choice of fixtures, their placement, and installation are done correctly so that they provide the right level of illumination to benefit everyone in the office. Top LED lighting suppliers say you can get this guarantee by avoiding common office lighting mistakes which include:

1.Revamping or modifying your lighting system without planning

If you will be changing the whole office lighting system, you need to study the whole area and make a plan about what needs to be done first.

Start by thinking about where the lights should be installed to provide optimum illumination.  Consider other factors that will affect the overall illumination in your office such as the number of windows, the rooms that should have brighter lights, and so on.

Once you’ve worked out your plan, you can start thinking about buying the lighting supplies you need.

2.Installing only one source of light in key work areas

To maximize employee productivity, they need to see what they are working on. This can sometimes be difficult if they rely on only one source of light.

Having optional lighting sources at various levels in addition to the ones in the ceiling can give your employees the illumination they need especially when they are working at night. Placing lamps and additional lighting fixtures inside cubicles or workspaces will allow your employees to get the extra lighting they need.

3.Choosing the wrong light fixtures

Outdated lighting fixtures such as fluorescent bulbs and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are among the top energy wasters in offices today.

Needless to say, they are not energy-efficient and burn out fast. Although they are cheaper, you will end up paying more in terms of your electricity bills and with having to constantly replace them.

New LED lighting fixtures, such as LED panel lights, use up to 75% less energy than fluorescent and other outmoded light fixtures. They can even last up to five years or longer which means you’ll save big on replacement costs.

To have energy-efficient light fixtures that will give you the right level of illumination need for your office, invest in LED lights from the beginning.

4.Selecting light fixtures with the wrong wattage

When changing your office lighting system, keep in mind that not all areas of your workplace will rely on a uniform type of lighting. For instance, the entrance will require different illumination and wattage than the one necessary for the reception area, data entry, sales division, or managers’ offices.

You will be able to choose the ideal bulb and wattage by thinking about where the lighting fixture will be placed.

Bright lights work best in the reception area and meeting room. The wattage in the work area, however, should be just right to encourage productivity and to evoke a positive work environment. If the wattage is too high, the brightness will be taxing on the eyes. It will also become a constant source of distraction and irritation for your staff.

5.Attempting a DIY installation job

Installing a new lighting system or additional fixtures requires prior experience and training. If you don’t have these, do not attempt to install light fixtures. Let the pros handle this.

If you insist on doing this yourself, a simple mistake can cause the whole lighting system to malfunction or fail to work. It can prove fatal.

Once you have chosen your lights, fixtures, and other accessories, call an electrician to handle the installation of your office lights.

6.Failing to take advantage of natural lighting

Lastly, many understand that artificial lighting is a crucial element of office interior design. However, don’t make the mistake of excluding natural lighting as an alternative source of illumination in the workplace.

Allowing sunlight into your office helps create a comfortable and healthy environment for your employees and customers or clients.

Various studies show that workers who are frequently exposed to natural lighting tend to be healthier, happier, more alert and productive. Additionally, natural lighting can also help you save on your monthly energy bills.

If there are windows in your office, encourage your employees to open the curtains or roll up the blinds during the day to let natural light in the office, and to turn off artificial lights when not needed.

Correctly illuminating your office environment will help encourage overall productivity. It will help you avoid wasteful energy consumption as well.

It is, therefore, important that you avoid the mistakes discussed above to ensure you have a new lighting system that will definitely provide the benefits you expect for your people and your business.


Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.