Better Lighting Improves Morale and Performance



When business decisions are
made regarding commercial lighting upgrades and daylighting
installations, financial considerations generally come first.
After that, positive environmental impact is embraced as a nice fringe benefit and public relations bonus.

But
often lost in the decision-making process is the positive effect
quality lighting  especially with a daylighting component  has on the
human beings who fill a workplace.

Lighting
has a huge physiological effect on all living things, said Orion
Energy Systems founder and CEO Neal Verfuerth, whose company sells
high-performance energy management solutions. One of Orion’s signature
products is the Apollo Solar Light Pipe, an industry-leading
daylighting device.

Though
the positive impact of quality lighting in general (and daylighting
specifically) is difficult to measure, research backs up Verfuerth’s
words.

Light is
critical to human functioning in that it allows us to see things and
perform activities, wrote Dr. Anjali Joseph, director of research for
the The Center of Health Design in a 2006 paper. But it is also
important because it affects human beings psychologically and
physiologically. Several studies have documented the importance of light
in reducing depression, decreasing fatigue (and) improving alertness

In
another project, co-founded by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2003,
authors Peter Boyce, Claudia Hunter and Owen Howlett wrote: There can
be little doubt that lighting, both electric lighting and
daylighting, has a role to play in people’s satisfaction with the
environment at work and that satisfaction with the environment is
linked to job satisfaction.

In
addition to increased worker production in factories and distribution
centers, modern lighting upgrades, especially those with a
daylighting component have also been documented to improve shopping at
stores.

Daylighting
of a conventionally windowless retail space can have a positive
effect on sales, concluded Boyce, Hunter and Howlett in their paper.