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According to a recent survey comissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov, one in three people in the UK now suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and women are 40% more likely than men to experience symptoms.

Health & Safety Lighting In The Workplace

The ins and outs of lighting.

Lighting is without doubt one of the most under-rated features of any work environment and making a few simple changes can boost productivity, lift spirits, enhance the atmosphere, improve safety and reduce energy bills!

The humble light bulb has evolved hugely in recent years and there are now more variations and types of lighting products available than ever before ranging from LEDs and halogen through to triphosphor and fluorescent tubes.

Many are designed to do much more than simply illuminate a room and can even feature technology that reduces the chances of eyesight problems occurring or replicate the sun’s rays to help tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder – although they won’t give you a tan!

Another problem that improved lighting can help to overcome is glare from computer screens. Sometimes simply repositioning lights or screens can help or else you might need to consider indirect lighting that throws light up rather than down, or lights that use lenses to diffuse the light they produce.

One of the biggest developments in the world of lighting is undoubtedly the huge growth of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. Whether you want a desk light, a torch or a work light for a construction site, LEDs are a great solution.

Many use around 90% less energy than an incandescent light bulb, making them highly efficient and especially when they are used with motion sensing technology. Plus, when you consider their long life-span, it means they are often the most cost effective option long-term, despite the fact they can be expensive to initially buy.

It takes something very special to win a Nobel prize for physics and last year three Japanese scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who managed to create white light from LEDs, picked up the prize in recognition of their invention’s benefit to mankind. This serves to emphasise just how important some of the world’s most informed thinkers consider LEDs to be for the future of the planet.

There are also several exciting new lighting products on the horizon, such as bulbs made with graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel and one million times thinner than human hair, which means it conducts electricity and heat very effectively. The technology goes on sale later this year and will compete with LEDs, in terms of price, energy efficiency and lifespan so watch this space!

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