Poor lighting can be a serious danger in your workplace.
Even if you think your indoor lighting looks fine, it may be too dim or too bright for the people working in it every day. Finding extra lights brought from home or unused lights on desks is a sure sign your lighting’s not quite right.
Take a look at these five reasons you need to get your light problem sorted out right away.
One of the most serious problems of bad lighting is accidents.
If the lighting is bad, people can’t see well, and when people can’t see well, they get hurt.
Poor lighting can become a danger in the workplace because it’s hard to see things like the proximity, speed, depth, and exact shape of the things around you. This can lead to employees tripping and falling, causing serious injuries in some cases.
The safety of your employees should be your top concern, so if you notice any signs of injury or accidents, you need to consider better lighting options right away.
When an employee can’t see what they’re working on clearly, they start to squint and strain their eyes. This constant straining will make them uncomfortable, and they could end up with irritated eyes, including burning, tearing, or dryness.
If the conditions are bad enough, they can actually develop serious eye problems, like reduced vision sharpness, poor depth perception, and double vision.
Whether the light is too dim or too bright, your employees could suffer from extreme headaches. If they’re working in the same location frequently, these headaches can start to repeat.
Employees who are in pain or discomfort will find it difficult to focus on their work, which will also affect what they can get done.
4. Lack of Productivity
Bad lighting can actually make your employees less productive. And if your employees are less productive than they should be, you’re entire business will suffer.
Dim lights can cause employees to become drowsy and work slower than normal. This means the amount of work they should be doing decreases. But dim being drowsy can cause a lack of focus, so the quality of the work they do goes down as well.
On the other hand, lights that are harshly bright can cause headaches.
The best light for your employees, and for your business, is natural light. If at all possible, let as much natural sunlight into the workplace as you can.
5. Bad Posture/Discomfort
A side effect of feeling drowsy and having to squint and lean forward to see your work is slouching.
Slouching for long periods can cause back pain. When employees aren’t comfortable, they aren’t as productive as they could be.
But slouching itself can actually make someone more tired than they already are. So even if your employees don’t get drowsy from the dim light, they will get tired just because they are slouching.
Don’t Let Poor Lighting Make Your Workplace Dangerous
Poor lighting is a serious problem, but it can also be easy to fix. Find lights that aren’t too dim or too bright, and whenever possible, let the natural sunlight into the workplace.
Need some help finding the right lights? Take a look at our indoor lighting options.