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How Lighting Affects Productivity

Feelings of health and well-being can change with just the flick of a switch. Different lighting types and temperatures can evoke feelings of alertness. In contrast, if chosen poorly, lethargy.

Whether you’re refreshing your interior design or completing a whole new fitout, it’s important to understand what lighting is best for different areas.

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to lighting in the workplace.

According to HOK Lighting Director Tom Kaczkowski, lighting design “depends on the atmosphere that we are trying to create within the work environment.”

We work closely with our clients to specify lighting systems that add visual impact and align with their overall workplace design, while also boosting the efficiency of their team so they can achieve their goals.

Here are a few of our fave picks.



LED lighting is the next best thing to natural sunlight. The long-lasting bulbs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. They last up to 20 years without replacement. They also give you control over light levels, hue and distribution,ensuring your team get optimum light to maximise their productivity. LED lights are also a safer option, as they generate almost no heat and aren’t hot to the touch.

Recessed ceiling

This lighting style is a popular choice in offices, thanks to its flexibility, reliability and energy efficiency. You can choose from downlights, troffer lights, or a combination of both. With their trough-like shape and downward-facing placement, troffer lights allow light to be distributed evenly over large areas. Downlights are more flexible in arrangement. Either way, the variety of trims and lamp options make them ideal for workplaces.

Feature pendant

Pendant lamps add intrigue to your interior design, with a gentle ambient light that suits professional firms, innovative start-ups and creative agencies – as well as collaboration zones in all types of business. There are a huge range to choose from, including timber, steel, wicker, concrete, glass, fabric, copper. For a retro touch, consider an exposed Edison bulb with visible filaments and a soft yellow glow.

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