Effective lighting is critical for workplace safety and productivity. But many workplaces still use fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. With their dull light output and tendency to flicker, these contribute to eye strain, headaches and workplace accidents, as well as a generally unpleasant working environment.
LED lighting, on the other hand, provides a bright but soft glow that emulates natural light. By replacing your bulbs with LED lights, you can:
LED manufacturers refer to the colour of light as the ‘colour temperature’. This colour is measured on the Kelvin temperature scale.
Typically, LED lighting is available at 3,000K, 4,000K and 5,000K. Most UK industrial lighting applications opt for 5,000K, which matches the colour temperature of the midday sun. This helps to energise employees and provides plenty of light for them to see clearly.
The table below depicts the range of colour temperatures for common scenarios.
“LEDs have the potential to significantly reduce the frequency of accidents related to the maintenance, operation and repair of lighting systems because the long life of LEDs would enable an exposure reduction to the associated hazards.”
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health