The Negative Effects of Improper Lighting

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The Negative Effects of Improper Lighting

Whether you believe in God or science (or both), we can all agree that light was created to help us see. As expected, there are negative effects that result from trying to function when there’s a poor quality of light surrounding us. Here are just a few.

  1. Accidents are more likely to happen. If you work with heavy machinery or you’re in charge of inspecting items or packing boxes, errors will occur if there isn’t an adequate amount of light in the building. Machinery and tools could be mishandled, and items could be overlooked or discounted.
  2. Your eyesight becomes strained. Stress is placed upon the eyes if you have to strain to see what you’re doing. Poor lighting also affects your neck and shoulders – tension and stiffness occur due to improper posture being used in an attempt to see clearly.
  3. It slows down productivity. Employees won’t be able to perform at optimum level if they’re struggling to see. And when employees can’t perform their best, it starts a chain reaction that will negatively impact the entire business.
  4. It is a violation of OSHA. Guidelines are set by OSHA in regards to how much light is necessary in different work environments. The guidelines are in foot-candles, which is the amount of light emitted by one candle in one square foot. Whether you use this method or lumens per square foot, make sure your lighting follows OSHA guidelines.