Sustainable Lighting Options to Improve Your Office Green Rating
Looking for an office design that will never go out of fashion? Go green!
Every year, more Australian offices are opting to undertake sustainability-focussed fitouts, not only for long-term cost savings, but also to improve their green rating. When you consider that lights account for up to 40% of the energy usage of commercial properties – it’s clear that sustainable lighting is a fantastic starting point! At OFP, we’re here to provide some of the best office lighting ideas, to help you achieve a more sustainable office.
LED Lighting Designs
First things first, it’s time to leave incandescent lights in the past.
Simply making the switch from incandescent bulbs to LEDs can reduce your lighting energy consumption by up to 75%, plus they last more than 100 times longer! LED bulbs create a more sustainable office environment – minimising electricity wastage and reducing replacement costs all the while.
LED lights can also contribute to interior design efforts, with a massive variety of colour temperatures capable of changing the overall atmosphere. Whether you’re after a more relaxing environment or looking to boost productivity, LED lights can work a treat and the environment all the while!
Embrace Natural Light
If you’re looking to go a step further than eco-friendly lights, make the most of nature’s gift and embrace natural light! Maximise your use of natural light with minor architectural changes like installing skylights, translucent wall panels and bay windows. Not only will this reduce your electricity wastage, energy costs and carbon footprint, but employees will love it too! In fact, research suggests that employees feel happier, healthier and more productive when surrounded by natural daylight. At Office Fitout Professionals, we’re specialists in sustainable lighting solutions. If you’re looking to improve your commercial space’s green rating, we’ll help you utilise every inch of sunlight!
Light Dimmers & Sensors
Ever left the office and accidentally left on the lights? Not only does this unnecessary use of electricity hurt the wallet, but it’s harmful to the environment too. Luckily, motion sensors and light dimmers can lend a helping hand to achieve greater energy efficiency and a more sustainable office.
Motion sensors work by detecting movement to ensure that lights are only used when needed. After detecting a lack of movement for a period of time, they’ll automatically turn off to ensure that energy is not being wasted. This helps reduce unnecessary energy costs and helps the environment all the while. Light dimmers work by reducing the flow of electricity to the bulb, allowing lights to operate at lower energy outputs. Not only do light dimmers reduce overall electricity usage, but they extend bulb lifetimes too!
At Office Fitout Professionals, we’ve been helping commercial real estate owners to achieve more sustainable office spaces for over 11 years. All of our fitouts are completed completely in-house, meaning we handle every step of the process, from interior design to the supply and installation of sustainable fittings! Contact us to find out how we can help you today!