The light plays a fundamental role in our day to day and that is why we must be aware of technological advances that allow us to take care of health, visual comfort, efficiency and well-being in work spaces.
We spend hours and hours working and at the end of the day we may feel discomfort, fatigue, tired vision … This may be a sign that the lighting of your space does not meet the necessary requirements.
The first thing to keep in mind is that in an office, not all areas have the same needs. For this reason, it is necessary to make a previous planning to define the activities carried out in the different spaces without leaving aside the design and technology.
We have to consider the natural light available in the space in order to create a balance between it and artificial light. This is fundamental when choosing the luminaires, its power, distribution and function.
In some offices we may find that we do not have a large amount of natural light. The solution to this is to use regulation systems that take into account the circadian rhythm and sensors that detect the level of light needed at each point. With the combination of both technologies we are able to manage to regulate the luminous flux always in function of the external light having during the whole day the same levels. In this way, we manage to get a comfortable space by creating environments that give priority to concentration and well-being.
For example, it is not the same to light a reception area than a design studio or R+D. The difference lies in the need for each work space; in design or R+D spaces we need higher and more specific light levels, high visual comfort (always UGR<19), flicker-free luminaires and good quality obtain more rigorous lighting (CRI>90).
Among the different options available on the market, Bluetooth regulation is a very good solution. It allows us to create different scenes regulating the intensity of the light, color temperature changes and circadian circles. This new technology innovates in the ease of usability and programming. No programming is required and end users can manage their space. Obviously, the cost of managing the regulation, programming and additional accessories such as screens is reduced to 0.
To illuminate a workspace, we have to take into account the two most important types of lighting: General lighting and Accent lighting. General lighting allows us to manage the ambient light of the space creating uniformity. On the other hand, the accent light is more intense and its purpose is to focus more precisely on the work stations.
The relationship between these types of lighting is complemented by seeking a balance between both, avoiding shadows and glare.
As we have previously observed, the lighting and light precision we offer must vary according to the activity to be carried out. For this aim a scheme that you can have of reference is enclosed, to make the appropriate light calculations in each space.
Another aspect to mention is the glare. By normative the UGR of a work space must be less than 19, that is to say, UGR<19. The different light levels will depend on the activities, but they must vary between 500 and 750 luxes.
When designing the distribution and characteristics of the luminaires it is important the light is not located behind or above the user as it creates shadows in the work space and prevents good visibility. In addition, light cannot be directed into the user’s eyes as this causes fatigue and discomfort and can eventually lead to health problems. Ideally there are the luminaires with good outer screening, which provide a good distribution of light and, if necessary, have accessories to prevent glare such as honeycomb.
Light can provide us with solutions that go beyond illuminating work areas; through it, different environments can be generated in a totally open space, setting a rhythm. This helps us to generate a better workspace, eliminating physical barriers and allowing communication between the different spaces of your office.
Once these technical aspects have been fulfilled and applied, it is time to choose the right luminaires for each space that provide not only technical rigour, but also design, customization and lighting efficiency.
It is supposed that when an office project is carried out, not only the lighting requirements are being taken into the consideration. Another important factor is the aesthetics and image required by the company to communicate values, create brand and uniformity within the offices themselves. For this aim we find different varieties of products that allow us the complete integration of the product going totally unnoticed (this effect can be achieved thanks to our BOXET).
On the other hand, we have the customization of the luminaires, not only at the level of beam angles, powers and color temperature. What we are looking for is to have a product of a certain colour that helps to highlight the company’s brand. Achieving this factor is important as long as we do not lose light quality and we can adapt it to the space it is in. That is why NEXIA bets on different ranges of products that allow customization as the BCN, DRAC, TOLVA, BOX, PLASTER or PLATINUM. A whole range of luminaires with the same design line and different applications (suspended, ceiling- attached or recessed products that are specifically designed to comply with regulations).
It must be kept in mind that the combination of different systems to apply the product can generate a better design of the space. Recessed products such as ALTEZA screens or mentioned before TOLVA and DRAC, together with suspended luminaires such as the BCN30, one of the latest products that NEXIA has incorporated, help to highlight the aesthetics of the office and avoid monotony.
In search of this ideal design for our space, we are increasingly aiming for linear and structural luminaires such as INFINITY, a versatile product that allows you to create a structure in both ceiling and wall allowing you to combine it with spotlights with the help of INFINITY SYSTEM. On the other hand, having a wide range of LED strips is essential to highlight specific aspects of the space in a subtle way and with an excellent result.
Finally, we must not forget the effect that plants play in work environments. A clear trend is the mixture of natural spaces that make us feel like “at home”. The lighting needs to be different for either these green spaces or vertical gardens. So we offer horticultural lighting, a technology that emits light specter which develops a better growth and health of plants.
At NEXIA you will not only find luminaires that adapt to your work space, but also luminaires that take into account health, lighting rigour and design. And now, how are you going to illuminate your next office project?
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