Commercial office lighting.

Our expertise in office lighting can be a game-changer.

There was a time when the workplace was designed to accommodate key pieces of equipment, like printers and filing cabinets — and the biggest asset of all, people, were an afterthought. Not so now. The modern office is designed for its people: to recruit, retain and inspire them, and to help them work to their full potential. If you want the best talent, your office can be a deal-breaker.

Lighting the office can be a complex business.

Too much light can have a negative impact, but so can too little. Lighting needs to look great while complying with regulations, promoting wellbeing and productivity, and offering visual comfort. It needs to be reliable, efficient and easy to operate. Getting it right can offer a solid return on investment; but getting it wrong can affect the commercial value of your property or business, and even impact your brand.

Future proofing whilst saving on energy.

Using the latest LED technology is a given. The bar for sustainability schemes is being constantly raised by the advancement of technology, giving the user even greater functionality and control. Aside from typical capabilities (absence, presence, daylight and temperature), the more advanced wireless technology enables new features such as space utilisation, asset tracking, targeted messaging and so much more.

What makes the best office lighting?

You can instantly recognise a badly lit space as soon as you walk in to one. We have all seen flickering fluorescent lamps, colour shift or even missing fittings in ceilings. We have all walked into a space that felt like a cave.
The best office lighting is the scheme that you don’t notice. But good lighting doesn’t happen by accident. Hours of work go into achieving the perfect illumination starting from selecting the right product for the right environment. Even the details like the correct colour temperature, the direction of the light or the choice of optics to avoid glare make a huge impact on how we perceive the space.

299 are the office lighting experts because...

We take a holistic view, analysing every element and designing a scheme to fit. We consider daylight and workflow, staff needs and business aspirations, and we even make those dark little spaces at the back come to life. Short timescales and more modest budgets are no obstacles, in fact they give us a chance to shine.

Working with professional specifiers, we can give advice on how to deliver outstanding CAT A, CAT B or CAT A+ fit out schemes tailored to your project objectives. And if you are not a specifier, that is fine, too. When working with business owners/end users, we are happy to support you with a bit of guidance and handholding. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. So, let us show you what great office lighting looks like.

"Well-being is a person’s perception of themselves as being comfortable, healthy or happy. People should be in the centre of the design and the office space is not an exception."

Marcela Pomphrey – Marketing Director

"Well-being is a person’s perception of themselves as being comfortable, healthy or happy. People should be in the centre of the design and the office space is not an exception."

Marcela Pomphrey - Marketing Director

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Bringing your scheme to life

Visualising a lighting scheme can be inspirational and reassuring for clients, with 3D renders bringing products to life. We’ve created an interactive scene below to showcase some lighting favourites from your sector.

Office lighting Q&A.

What are the most important illumination parameters in an office?
There are too many to list here! Different tasks all require different lighting, as well as other considerations, such as if anyone using the space has visual impairments. We’ve broken down some of the illumination recommendations for standard projects in our article here but it does need to be considered on a project-by-project basis.

How do you design a lighting plan in the office?
We’ll do it for you! The lighting design process is a complicated one, with many technical considerations. At 299, we’ve got a team of expert lighting designers to do this, so you don’t have to. Find out more here.

Why is low glare office lighting so important?
Minimising glare is an important factor for the health and wellbeing of the users of a space. Glare can cause conditions such as eye strain, headaches, migraines and fatigue. It can also just be annoying, making it hard to read reflective computer screens etc. resulting in low productivity.

How does office lighting boost productivity?
From improving the health and wellbeing of the employees, to stimulating chemical responses in the brain, office lighting can boost productivity in different ways. By installing a properly designed and considered lighting scheme, you can ensure there is appropriate illumination (not too bright or too dim) and minimal glare for the space users. This will lead to less days taken off ill, and therefore improving productivity. Choosing an appropriate colour temperature (or varying the colour temperature throughout the day) can suppress your release of melatonin (your sleep hormone) which will in turn make you feel more alert and awake.

How can I save money and be more eco-friendly with our office lighting?
First is to consider your light source. If you currently have fluorescent, incandescent or halogen lighting then think about swapping to LED which is normally a more efficient light source. Also, think about a control system – a study by the LIA in 2017 found that you can save up to 75% of your lighting electricity usage by installing a combination of PIR and daylight sensors. And that is just the beginning. If you then look at upgrading to more sophisticated controls, you can track and report on occupancy, daylight, temperature and so much more. Find out more here.

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Expand your knowledge

Our RIBA accredited Workplace lighting CPD is a great introduction session to office lighting design. The seminar will demystify the industry jargon around LED lighting, covering subjects you were perhaps always curious about, but too afraid to ask.

Expand your knowledge

Our RIBA accredited Workplace lighting CPD is a great introduction session to office lighting design. The seminar will demystify the industry jargon around LED lighting, covering subjects you were perhaps always curious about, but too afraid to ask.

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299 OFFICE PROJECTS

Berwick Street: office & architectural lighting for a media-style CAT A fitout.

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