Good lighting should enable people to easily view their work and their working environment without the need to strain their eyes.
The key factors in lighting are the amount of light in the area, the number, type and position of lights and how long tasks are performed for. Different activities require different amounts of light. Fine drawings or checking of errors will require more light than walking down stairs in a building.
Some lights can change the colour of items. If there is not enough light then it can force people to adopt strained postures in order to view their work. The position of lights can create distracting shadows. Glare from outside light sources or reflections off surfaces can irritate the eye and cause strain.
Environmental Health Solutions (EHS) can conduct a thorough assessment of your lighting in regard to quantity and quality of light, suggest practical solutions to your lighting problems and provide you with a greater knowledge of your lighting requirements for the work undertaken.
The assessment may include:
- Illuminance measurements using a luxmeter reading at workstations
- Comparison of lux measurements and recommend lux levels for the specific task as per Australian Standards
- Assessment of lighting issues such as shadow, glare, reflections and quality of light
- Recommendations of lighting installation or alteration
- A report on findings and recommendations
Lighting assessments can be required for:
- Areas where there are complaints of sore/tired eyes
- Interiors where there are visual tasks of significant difficulty
- Computer and filing areas
- Quality control areas
- Areas with natural light and reflections
- Educational sites