Let's shed some light on this topic! A dark working environment can cause accidents and reduce productivity
Most of us spend a significant amount of our time awake in the workplace, and this environment has a significant impact on how we feel and on the quality of our work. One aspect of the work environment that is often overlooked is lighting.
Usually, workplace lighting consists of general lighting, that is ceiling and wall lamps, and spot lighting, or light that directly illuminates the work surface. The intensity of light must be in line with the nature of the work. Working with small particles or components requires more intense illumination, or higher luminance. For bigger jobs, such as loading or packing goods, lower luminance is sufficient.
It is rarely stressed that workplace lighting can have a significant impact on productivity. With the right lighting that suits the particular environment, employees can be faster, more accurate, more focused, more active and also happier.
When it is dark in the workroom, the worker tends to hunch over more, causing tension in their neck and nape and by the time they leave work, a headache and eye fatigue. Good lighting can thus also reduce the symptoms associated with a stressed state. In addition to less severe health complaints, low-light industrial plants usually have quality issues and more work accidents – people fall and stumble.
It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that the workplace has proper lighting. The amount of light emitted decreases as the light source gets older, worn out or becomes dirty, which is why it is very important to service and replace light sources as needed. In the last five to ten years, lighting technologies have become significantly more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and effective. LED technology is also significantly more resistant to temperature and vibration, reducing monthly maintenance and energy consumption costs and allowing for greater flexibility in the use of light.
Eesti Energia offers a lighting service for upgrading lighting systems, which enables the customer to replace obsolete and high energy-consuming light sources with more economical ones without making any investments. The target group of the lighting service is business customers who use lighting as much as possible around the clock, for example, in industrial, warehouse, logistics buildings, parking garages, shopping centres, etc.