All organisations have a place (or multiple ones) where meetings and other kinds of gatherings are held. However, something that many organisations are not aware of is how important the design of the space is for getting work done. The room’s lighting, in particular, either hinders or facilitates productivity. So how can you determine what the optimal lighting is for your specific purposes? The following are six important lighting design considerations, by lighting experts at Litenow, are recommended for your meeting areas.
1. The size of room
How many individuals can be accommodated by the meeting space? Is it a large lecture hall or small conference room? Room size is among the most important considerations when it comes to designing lighting for meeting areas.
2. Energy conservation
The more light bulbs that are in an area, the more energy will be used. Think about ways that the room can be lighted without wasting a lot of energy. Large windows can definitely be helpful, however, sunlight fluctuates over the course of the day, which doesn’t give you a lot of control over a space’s light level. Consider using an energy-saving lighting method like using LED bulbs.
Are you going to be using a projection screen in the space? Will individuals be using their tablets, laptops or other kinds of devices? It is very important that a space’s lighting doesn’t overwhelm your projection screen or reflect off devices and make it hard to see. Test the light levels based on whatever you are planning on using your room for as well as the technology that it needs to be able to accommodate.
4. Correct Brightness Level
When the light level isn’t high enough, people might feel drowsy during your meetings. However, overly bright lights can make people restless and be very distracting. Also, consider the right light levels for being able to take notes and read handouts as well as other materials. Take into consideration that people who don’t have good eyesight might need to have a bit more light for those purposes. Make sure to conduct some testing on the light levels in your meeting space in order to ensure you have the right brightness level for the area.
5. Controlling Lighting
There are various ways to control the lighting level of a room. There can be various switches, with each controlling one section of lights, which allows you to turn on just the right amount of light that you need. Another thing you can use is a dimmer switch that allows you to adjust all of your lighting levels at the same time. For large spaces, there can even be a lighting board that adjusts various sections separately to provide you with the perfect level of lighting to suit your specific purpose.
6. Lighting Safety
When there is no light, how dark does your meeting space get? How easy is it to locate the lighting controls when it is dark? Trying to get through the room in the dark may result in accidents followed by lawsuits. One thing that many organisations do is make arrangements so that no one can enter into a room that is completely dark. They will have motion sensors installed that turn the lights on right before an individual enters or have pilot lights on at all times, to provide just enough light for finding the switch. Or you can just put a light switch on the outside of the door. That way it can be turned on manually before anyone goes into the room.
When it comes to lighting design for meeting spaces, there many important considerations. Having the right lighting design in a room can increase its versatility and productivity. Carefully consider what you need to be able to do in your space and then research the various types of lighting that will meet your needs.