The Carbon Trust has confirmed in a recent report about the effects of poor office environments reporting that poor heating and lighting control can cause a loss in productivity and ultimately a loss in sales.
An example of how lighting can affect the mood and productivity in an office is with the common T8 switch start fluorescent lighting found in most office ceilings. This lighting is often the headache of office managers, with the flickering and humming caused these old legacy lights. Common complaints include:
- Eye strain
- SAD (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder)
Flickering lights is one of the major causes of migraines and headaches in staff. “Individual patient episode costs have been reported at around £3k a year for the average chronic migraine sufferer in the UK.” *
What if we said the cost of headaches, eye strain and migraines could relate to a 2% drop in productivity in your employee? That 2% is the equivalent of giving them a paid week off. A week. Not a day, a week.
Now replace your out-dated fluorescents with LED lights. A 90 watt T8 fluorescent tube is replaced with a 28 watt LED equivalent, giving you an instant energy saving of two thirds, alongside the annual maintenance and CO2 emission savings. So not only have you increased productivity with clean, flicker free LED lighting, but you’ve essentially boosted your profits;
“A 20% cut in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales”**