LED Lighting Improves Office Workers' Health and Productivity

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By , Small Business Pulse

Office managers who have switched from traditional lighting to LED (light emitting diode) illumination report that they are not only saving money in reduced operating costs, but also helping make their employees healthier, happier, more productive and even less likely to use sick leave.

Switching to LEDs has been shown to increase the attention span, mood and performance of office workers and other employees by as much as 25 percent. Evidence for this comes from many academic sources, including an article published entitled, “Analyzing the Impacts of Daylighting on Students' and Workers' Health and Alertness.” The most obvious reason why many companies have replaced older lighting systems with LED lighting is to save money. On average, LED lighting lowers annual lighting maintenance costs for offices by up to one third. By upgrading to LED lighting systems, according to a 2017 study, a typical office can save the equivalent cost of more than 3,250 reams of paper.

Consumers Energy recommends shifting from outdated lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to those that are more modern and more energy-efficient. As Ditlev Engel, CEO of DNV-GL Energy explains, “Our overall goal is to help governments, energy providers and other stakeholders manage the world's growing demand for energy, while balancing costs, reliability and the environment — the so-called energy trilemma.”

According to studies by DNV-GL and numerous academic institutions, the installation of more energy-efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems provides similar benefits to companies. As they are more energy efficient, they generate substantial savings, but also improve the performance of employees. According to a Carnegie Mellon study, these newer HVAC systems can reduce employee illness by nearly 40 percent. As studies by Carnegie Mellon, DNV-GL and others show, healthier workers not only use less sick time, but are also more productive while on the job.

Many energy companies offer assistance to businesses, organizations, and universities that are considering whether or not to upgrade some or all of their heating, air conditioning, and lighting systems, including Michigan-based Consumers Energy.

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