The other day I went to Tisch Library to try to get some homework done, but I found that there were no tables available with good lighting. I find that without proper lighting it can be extremely difficult to get work done. Lights need to be bright enough to keep workers awake, but not so bright that they produce a glare. As shown in the table below, a few things can be done to reduce glare from different light sources. Desks can be oriented so that the light doesn’t directly hit a computer screen, windows can be tinted, and artificial lights can be covered with shades (Eastman Kodak Company, & Kodak Limited, 2004).
Employers also must pay attention to the type of lighting they include in their offices. Fluorescent lighting is “inferior because it can cause eye strain,” so incandescent lighting is a much better option (Vollmart, 1991). Better still, is natural lighting. Studies show that there is a “positive relationship between natural light and worker productivity and satisfaction” (Sullivan & Horowitz-Bennett, 2014). This same article also mentions that daylight has “positive effects on alertness, regulating the body’s circadian rhythm, and minimizing eyestrain and headaches.” For me personally, being exposed to natural light is very important. I become unhappy when I am unable to see outside, so I predict that when I work for a company light will greatly effect my satisfaction with my job.
Eastman Kodak Company, & Kodak Limited. (2004). Kodak’s ergonomic design for people at work (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Sullivan, C., & Horowitz-Bennett, B. (2014). Workplace design trends: Make way for the Millennials. Building Deign and Construction.
Vollmart, S. (1991). Trends in Lighting and Work Stations. The Office, 114(6), 14.