Lighting For Productivity

Hi folks, I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist. Did you know that studies have shown you can get 15% more productivity from your employees if you have better daylight conditions in your building?

Daylighting has been associated with improved mood, enhanced morale, less fatigue, and reduced eye strain. Believe it or not, it was found that students in classrooms with the most window area or daylighting produced 7% to 18% higher scores on standardised tests than those with the least window area or daylight. Have you ever moved to a new office and then competed to get the window seat? This is both for the higher level of light, the ability to re-focus on distant objects thereby reducing eye strain, and it may allow the office worker to be more creative because they take time to think. There are even studies which found that patients on the sunnier side of a cardiac intensive care ward showed lower mortality rates than those on the less-sunny side.

So to sum it up, daylighting whether it be natural or simulated by mood lighting is good for your body, mind and soul, especially through the darker winter months. This means you will be happier in your work environment and more productive – both the employee and the boss.

I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist. Come and find out how to save more energy and cash at

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