Good lighting as an investment

Everyone – whether at work or at home – needs it: light. But this topic is not exactly at the top of the agenda for companies and most managers. New lighting concepts based on ultra-modern technology may involve a considerable expense. Yet there are many benefits that make investment in lighting a profitable venture in the long run.

Higher efficiency and better well-being at the workplace

Health-consciousness, awareness of the quality of the immediate working environment, and the standards set for a personal, ergonomic workplace are all on the rise. They play an ever-increasing part in evaluating the attractiveness of a given workplace and of the employer who offers it.

The quality of lighting at the workplace is a vital factor in the evaluation of each working environment. Suitable individual lighting provides more comfort and thus enhances motivation and efficiency at the workplace. Personal preferences in light intensity and light colour vary, depending on the user’s age and individual perception. The best lighting system takes the user’s personal needs into account and can be adjusted easily and flexibly. Modern lamps illuminate the workplace with light that closely resembles the natural daylight. This provides right impulses to support both high-performance and rest periods, allowing users to work in a more concentrated and motivated way and simultaneously with less fatigue. In the long run, this maintains the natural course of the day even though the natural source of light may be absent. All this results in a healthy circadian rhythm and sufficient sleep, with the ultimate effect of reducing absenteeism due to illness.

Energy savings and sustainability

Depending on the type of business, the share of power consumption for artificial lighting may amount to 70 per cent of the total expense for energy supply. Lighting is a major consumption factor in office buildings as well, which may account for up to 45 per cent or more of the building’s entire power consumption. (Source: Good lighting climate, Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing) Accordingly, the electricity bill for lighting is high. Although modern, highly efficient LED technologies with substantially reduced power consumption are available, obsolete lighting systems are still being used in many places. In fact, energy-efficient lighting not only helps to reduce the electricity bill, but also promotes more economical use of resources and thus makes a contribution to environmental and climate protection.

LUCTRA® offers VITAWORK®, an innovative, design award-winning floor lamp that brings the best possible lighting conditions to the workplace. This lamp is equipped with latest, energy-efficient LED technology, and with both direct and indirect lighting, it achieves a natural impression of light on the ceiling as well as providing a very even distribution of light in the room. Jonathan Brune, Brand Director of LUCTRA®explains: “Replacing the conventional recessed light in a traditional cellular office with VITAWORK can save up to 150 EUR per year on the electricity bill. Large office buildings have numerous office rooms, some of which are spacious. The savings potential is immense.”

Its asymmetrical distribution of light makes this floor lamp a suitable instrument for the requirements of modern office architecture, including the illumination of narrow or large offices. VITAWORK® provides ergonomic lighting conditions and are also easy to move to another position as needed. The intuitive control system via the VITACORE® human-machine interface allows the adjustment of individual parameter setting for the light.

Legal standards

The lighting conditions at the workplace are subject to legal standards (DIN EN 12464-1 and ASR 3.4 in Germany). These standards specify the required light intensity on the working surface as well as that of the entire surrounding area. Many conventional lighting situations fall far short of complying with these legal requirements. The consequences are poor vision, fatigue and dissatisfaction. New lighting solutions tailored to fit the respective room architecture, however, fully comply with all legal requirements.

“From our point of view, there is no alternative to investing in modern lighting concepts”, says Brune. “This not only increases the satisfaction of employees, but also strengthens their bond to the company. Energy savings and a long service life amortize the expense over time. And last but not least, the lamp’s mobile solution allows it to be easily moved about when room situations change, or taken along in the event of relocation. So they are definitely a worthy investment in the future.”

About LUCTRA®:

LUCTRA® is the brand for good light in the office or at home. For this purpose, the table, floor and mobile lamps included in the range provide light which not only illuminates, but also makes people happy, more efficient and simultaneously less tired. This works, because it transmits the right impulses for every situation.

To accomplish this, the professional, biologically effective LED lamp system takes advantage of the latest scientific findings on the effect of light on human beings. It follows the principle of Human Centric Lighting, for short HCL, by focusing on human beings with their personal lighting needs for healthier and more efficient working and living. LUCTRA® light can almost perfectly simulate natural daylight and thus supports the user’s personal inner clock.

LUCTRA® has already received numerous renowned design prizes such as the German Design Award and was brought to market in 2015 by the long-established company DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG. This company has been dedicated to professional work for almost a century: to its organisation, its processes and its equipment. DURABLE currently employs 700 workers worldwide and has its Head Office in Iserlohn/Germany. All LUCTRA® lamps are assembled manually by expert staff at the LUCTRA® production plant in Kamen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany).