When refurbishing an office or starting a new fit out it is vital that you get the right office furniture, which includes lighting, and with our experience at Building Interiors we can ensure this is the case.

Our expert team will advise you on the best lighting solution for your offices, as getting a well-designed office without good lighting will often leave it looking dull and out dated no matter the quality of the design and colour scheme.

There are a number of options when it comes to lighting with LED and LG7 being the 2 most popular.

LED lighting

LED (Light-emitting diode) is a newer form of lighting solution which has some distinct advantages over the older LG7 & CAT2 lighting:

  • LED lights are far more cost effective in the long run which means your businesses electric bills will be reduced dramatically.
  • Despite what it says below, LED lighting has been known to last up to 25,000 hours, this is 24,000 hours longer than the average halogen lights
  • A big advantage of LED lighting is the type of light it omits. Casting a more natural light into your office means a warmer working environment.
  • The LED lights have a lower carbon footprint than standard lighting

Despite these advantages LED isn’t commonly found in offices, restaurants or shops due to the limited amount of time it has been on the market. However it certainly one of the most asked about products when we undertake any new projects or get any briefs.

LED lighting is certainly the future of office lighting.

LG7 lighting

The most common office lighting at the moment is LG7 which stands for lighting guide 7 and refers to key standards regarding office lighting.

LG7 is a lighting design guide and not a type of fitting, using mirrors to bend light onto walls creating well lit walls and great ceiling illuminance. It is ideal to meet the standards set in the lighting guide which states that work areas need to be at 500lux with the surrounding areas at a minimum of 300lux.

This office lighting is still commonly chosen by a lot of our clients but isn’t our first recommendation due to LED lighting which does cost more up front but out easily outweighs the amount your business will save in the long run.

Cat 2 Lighting

The oldest form of lighting you will find in an office is Cat 2, this form of office lighting pre dates LG7 and should be replaced as soon as possible.

With the changes to lighting standards in 2012, CAT 2 lighting is quickly becoming obsolete as it isn’t a cost effective solution when trying to meet the 500 lux working light recommendation.

If you have CAT 2 lighting within your office you need to ensure that they are meeting the lighting guide recommendations.

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