How LEDs Can Improve Safety in the Workplace
It’s commonly noted that LED lighting can greatly cut utility costs and reduce electricity usage in the home and in the workplace, but there’s also a lesser-known benefit of LEDs. They can greatly enhance safety in the work environment. It is important for a business owner or manager to create a comfortable work environment while also controlling overhead costs, and the energy savings offered by LEDs are a great way to do it. Here are a few specific ways that upgrading to LED lighting can create a safer, healthier environment for your employees:
Fewer Slips, Trips, and Falls
Areas in the workplace that aren’t properly lit can be dangerous for employees, no matter the industry or size of your business. Small hazards that might cause a trip or a fall are a concern for any team, but especially for those environments that require people to work around dangerous equipment or heavy machinery, and in garages or warehouses. The bright light given off by LED lighting lets your workers be completely aware of their surroundings and eliminates shadowy areas, making the workplace a much safer environment.
Unexpected emergencies are always a possibility, and LEDs are a great choice for emergency lighting because of their clearness, brightness, and long lifespan. Emergency lighting in stairwells and at exits is essential.
Protection from Intruders
Lighting up any dark areas on or around your property is a simple and cost efficient way to protect your property from crime. LED lighting in parking lots and in perimeter lamps, especially in combination with a motion sensor, can make a safer space for your employees and customers by warding off any unwanted activity on or around your property.
A Healthier, Happier Workforce
Lighting and health correlate in many ways for employees that spend a considerable amount of time in the office. Poor lighting can cause eye discomfort and make people feel lethargic. Dimly lit office buildings, especially those lacking a great deal of natural light, can even generate a psychological response and make workers sick. Sick Building Syndrome and Seasonal Affective Disorder are both illnesses that can be linked to poor lighting. Providing your employees with a brighter, better lit work environment will reduce the risk of those illnesses and their side effects, like depression, low energy, and irritability.
Employee productivity can also be negatively affected by the lighting in the workplace. It can be difficult for employees to do their best work if poor lighting is causing eye strain and fatigue. Proper lighting is especially important for employees that work nighttime hours and those that spend the majority of the day at their computer. The bright, clear light of LEDs will allow workers to see clearly and help ensure the quality and volume of work produced is optimal.
Providing employees with individualized lighting can be a great benefit since different people and tasks require different lighting situations. Research has shown that workers age 45 and over could need as much as two times more office lighting than other workers. Productivity on tasks that require intense focus can be increased by providing workers with much brighter light levels, while workers in a creative setting are often more productive in a setting with less light.
If you’re ready to get started, reach out to a member of our team. We can’t wait to help you on your way to creating a safer, more productive workplace through the use of LED lighting.