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How to Choose an LED Luminaire for Your Office


Gone are the days of open floor office plans fitted out with fluorescent lighting. As technology has changed and with it the introduction of more sustainable LED luminaires, so too has the design of the modern workplace. As more people are working in flexible office environments or even setting up an office to work from home, the question often arises: how to choose an LED luminaire for your office? 

How to choose an LED luminaire for your office?
Before you even start to look at LED luminaires for your office, the first thing you need to do is look at the existing situation and what needs to change. Is the space too bright? Is there a lot of natural light that needs controlling? Are there existing light fittings that need to be changed? Or are you designing an office from scratch and have free choice of where and how the lights will be installed? Knowing what you are working with and creating a plan will leave you better prepared when you start to look at LED luminaires for your office and know how to choose the right LED luminaire for your office. 
What to consider when choosing an LED luminaire for your office
There are a number of items to consider when choosing an LED luminaire for your office – or any interior working space for that matter. 

The quality of the light – in most cases, whether you’re predominately working on the screen or have a mixture of paper and screen based tasks, you will want to have a high colour rendering index (CRI). What this refers to is how well colours are replicated under the lights. You might have experienced how different vibrant colours on clothing can look when illuminated by the natural light of the sun (which has a CRI of 100) or when under low quality fluorescent lights with a CRI below 80. So if you’re working with colour in particular, then a high CRI is something to look out for when choosing an LED luminaire for your office. 

The colour temperature of the light – now that we have light fittings with a range of colour temperatures, we can select what we would most like to have in our office. Some LED luminaires also have the capability of changing the colour temperature, cycling from warm white, to neutral white, to cool white, allowing you to adjust the colour temperature depending on the time of day and how you are feeling. Some LED luminaries also have the option of RGBW which also provides a full colour spectrum of light for ultimate mood and atmosphere control of your office lighting. 

The lighting level – although most office spaces will need to be illuminated to a standard acceptable level, if your office needs to be brighter for more detailed oriented tasks, then you will have to ensure that there are enough LED luminaires or more powerful LED luminaires to reach the desired lighting level in your office. 

Dimming and lighting controls – not all LED luminaires have this capability, so if you have an existing lighting control system that you would like to include your LED luminaires in, then this is something to note. But even if you don’t, having the option to dim your lights is an advantageous feature that you’ll soon wonder how you lived without.


How will you know where to start when trying to choose an LED luminaire for your office?
The various points above will give you a reasonable starting point when looking to choose an LED luminaire for your office. Look at the colour temperature, if the LED luminaire can be dimmed or controlled, how powerful the light fitting is, and what the requirements of your office are. 

If you still are unsure how to choose an LED luminaire for your office, there is always the option of consulting with a professional lighting designer who will be able to help you determine your needs and choose the best LED luminaire for your office. 

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What are some things are consider when choosing an LED luminaire for your office?

:When choosing an LED luminaire for your office, you will want to think about the colour rendering index, colour temperature, light levels, lighting controls and dimming. As well as how you will be using the space.

What does CRI refer to?

: CRI is short for Colour Rendering Index and refers to the LED luminaires (or any light source) ability to accurately reproduce colours. 

What does colour temperature refer to?

: Colour temperature refers to how warm or cool the white light of the LED is. This is typically expressed in degrees kelvin, so if you see an LED luminaire with 3000°K it will be a warm tone of light similar to a halogen. 4000°K is usually a neutral white that is neither warm or cool and what you’ll experience in many offices and shopping environments. Whilst 5000°K is a cool white and similar to what white daylight in the middle of the day will feel like. 

Can I have colour changing light in my office?

: One advantage of LED is the availability of RGBW LED luminaires, which now allows you to easily have colour changing lights in your office.