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Act Now on EVC’s

When many people heard “electric vehicles,” they tended to think of a sporty luxury car and a flashy billionaire.  Then, Lightning struck.

This spring, Ford launched a new electric work truck, the F150 Lightning. Since 1 out of 16 vehicles in America are F150’s, this would be significant even if only Ford was making this move. But other manufacturers are committing billions to EV development. The number of EV’s in America is expected to increase by 4 million by 2025 and they should reach 40-50% market penetration by 2030.

Every business has an opportunity to profit from this trend by installing electric vehicle charging stations. And the time to act on this opportunity is now.

Tax Incentives Are Sunsetting

Currently, businesses that install charging stations can seek a federal tax rebate for up to 30% of the cost. Unfortunately, these incentives will end on December 31st, 2021.

It was possible Congress would renew the incentives in the infrastructure bill, but as of this writing the bill has passed the Senate without any such language. It seems increasingly unlikely they will be renewed for 2022.

First Mover Advantage

Taking the initiative leads to advantage, and EV technology is now in the maturity sweet spot. It’s mature enough to be past the growing pains, but new enough for you to receive advantages from early adoption.

With charging stations at your facility, you’ll be one of the few in the Rockford area to offer them to a rapidly growing segment.

Attract Upscale, Green-minded Renters and Buyers

Americans’ financial decisions are increasingly based on environmental impact, including in the rental space. Sixty-one percent of residential renters say they will pay more to live in a green apartment, according to surveys by Apartmentdata.com. The majority of EV owners earn more than $100,000 per year, meaning they will be an excellent target market for higher end rental properties and single-family homes that accommodate their vehicles.

For businesses already seeking sustainable locations (or using an electric vehicle fleet), charging stations might be the factor that decides who will land their long-term lease.

Increase Your Retail Traffic with Affluent Customers Brought Right to You

Electric vehicle manufacturers supply apps that direct drivers to local charging stations. Typically, the vehicle will need to charge for at least 30 minutes. Once you’ve installed charging stations, someone else sends you customers who have an above average income and time on their hands. It’s a perfect situation for retail profit.

Getting in May Be Free

A number of EV manufacturers install stations for free to make life easier for their customers and sell more cars. You may be able to get all the benefits with zero upfront cost.

If this sounds interesting to you, contact Thayer Energy Solutions today and “Get Plugged In!”

WELL Certification, Lighting, and Employee Productivity

As more businesses focus on sustainability and ways to use technology to reduce energy costs, green building certifications such as LEED are receiving more attention.  So is the WELL Certification, first put forward in 2013.

WELL is technically not a green standard, though it does save energy for most businesses. Instead, WELL is focused on the health and wellness of those who use the building, providing benefits to employees (and customers) as well as the employer. As of this writing, the facilities that have received a WELL Certification comprise 2.7 billion square feet of commercial space.

How Does the WELL Certification Work?

The WELL standard covers seven factors or “Core Concepts” in a building that impact health, well-being, and productivity.

  • Air Cleanliness
  • Water—Clean and readily available
  • Nourishment—Food that is made available is wholesome and nutritious; highly-processed food is limited
  • Light—Adequate for productivity and friendly to the body’s circadian rhythms
  • Fitness—The building design includes features that promote activity and/or avoids features that promote sedentary behaviors
  • Comfort—The design supports ergonomics as well as thermal, acoustic, and olfactory comfort.
  • Mind—Measures building factors (from noise level to crowding) and workplace procedures that support or detract from mental wellbeing

Facilities are scored on 36 required points and 62 “optimizations,” then receive a rating of Silver, Gold, or Platinum based on their total score. The certification lasts three years.

Is the Certification Worth It?

It almost goes without saying that those who look out for employees and customers will see a better bottom line, but sometimes those efforts are subject to diminishing returns. Is a WELL Certification worth the investment?

Real world results say “yes.” Cundall, an engineering consultancy, reported they had already seen a positive ROI just three months after certification. Even better, that result was based solely on sick leave and attrition and did not take any other factors into account.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) found that all the workplace parameters they were regularly measuring had improved, and a study of their workforce by Cornell University found that employees’ satisfaction with their work environment and overall job satisfaction was higher.

Facilities with WELL Certifications also saw:

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced “presenteeism,” the term for employees showing up for work but remaining unproductive due to illness or distractions
  • An average 12% reduction in energy use

Also, worth noting: Decades of study documentation show the downside of every WELL Core Concept—Poor air quality, dehydration, poor lighting, noise distractions, etc.—having drastic effects on productivity and employee wellness.

Light is a Core Concept, so What is the Role of Lighting?

Lighting that aligns with the body’s circadian rhythms results in two important benefits.

First, natural light and artificial light that simulates it—such as Cool White fixtures with a color rating between 4000 and 5000K—help workers stay alert and productive throughout the day. A study by the World Green Building Council found that natural daylight increased worker productivity by 18%, while another study found workers on a “blue light” floor had significantly higher alertness levels later in the day than those on a control floor with no lighting changes.

Lighting even increases productivity and wellbeing by improving mental health. Between 5 and 10% of workers experience depression related to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but as little as 15 minutes of natural light exposure leads to the release of endorphins, countering the effects of dim winter light.

Second, natural light and simulated daylight throughout the workday result in better sleep, which results in greater physical and mental health across the board, increased productivity, better coping with stress, and higher worker morale and job satisfaction. Blue-white light suppresses the early release of sleep hormones, reducing the “afternoon dip” in productivity and keeping the body in natural circadian rhythm.

Conclusion

Pursuing a WELL Certification will help your employees and your bottom line, resulting in a profound return on investment.  Contact Thayer Energy Solutions today and we can discuss your needs and help you work toward your WELL Certification.

 

Thayer Lighting Delivers Energy Savings

“Midland States Bank is pleased with the energy savings that Thayer Lighting found in our Rockford region facilities.  The new LED Lighting makes our banks brighter and more energy efficient for years to come!” 

Randy Bridgeland, Facilities Specialist

Air Cleaning Technology Comparisons

Fortunately, it appears the worst of the Covid crisis is behind us.  Unfortunately, Covid remains a deadly disease that may develop more transmissible variants as time goes on.  Being able to function in the coming months requires being able to ensure everyone who enters our facilities will breathe safe air.

A number of different technologies purify room air, but which ones are best? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Portable vs. Fixed

Fixed systems are always superior to portable systems. Generally, fixed systems are more powerful, but more importantly, they can be placed for optimum airflow. A portable system placed in the wrong spot can be ineffective or even create an airflow pattern that helps pathogens move from one person to another.

Filter Media

Filtration systems remove contaminants by passing air through a medium that traps and holds them.

Advantages

  • Effective and easy to use. The HEPA filter in particular is a gold standard of effectiveness. Widely used in hospitals, they remove 99.99% of all contaminants that are 0.3 microns or larger.

Disadvantages

  • Filters must be changed out on a regular basis.
  • Differing filter technologies have a wide range of effectiveness
  • Pathogens trapped by filters may remain alive and infectious.

Ozone Generators

These systems produce ozone and distribute it in the area to be purified.

Advantages

  • Ozone can be very harmful to pathogens, because it can cause organic materials to oxidize and break down, killing the germ or virus.

Disadvantages

  • Ozone is harmful to people for the same reason!
  • Ozone can also degrade nonliving organic materials, such as plastics, rubber, and cloth.
  • Currently, the EPA has not approved any ozone generator for occupied spaces.
  • Using it safely in a non-occupied space means using seals to ensure that ozone doesn’t penetrate areas where humans work.

Ion Generators

These units push charged ions out into the air, causing particles to become charged. They then cling to surfaces, where they cannot be breathed in

Advantages

  • No filter changes

Disadvantages

  • They may produce ozone, which is unpleasant or even harmful to those with respiratory issues.
  • Infectious pathogens are now on surfaces, requiring wipe downs with disinfectant.

Plasma Air Purifiers

These cleaners use an arc of electrical current to ionize or destroy contaminants.

Advantages

  • These units have the same advantages as ion-based purifiers, but also are very effective at killing pathogens as the arc’s energy destroys their membranes and DNA.

Disadvantages

  • Most units are designed to operate with a filter.
  • They not only may produce ozone, they can sometimes introduce other harmful gasses (such as carbon monoxide) into room air and may create more particulate matter unless they have a filter system.
  • They are too large and expensive for single-room use

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

These units use UV-C ultraviolet light, irradiating pathogens and damaging their DNA until they can no longer function

Advantages

  • Over 99% of biological hazards are destroyed by UV-C light.
  • No ozone, chemicals, or odors are produced
  • Simple on-off use.

Disadvantages

  • UV-C is very dangerous to humans and can cause cancer and severe vision damage. It must be used in a closed casing.
  • Irradiation kills pathogens but does not trap them or other particulates.

Why We’ve Chosen Air Guardian

As you can see, the best of both worlds in air cleaning is a system that kills pathogens effectively and traps particulate matter, without producing odors or ozone. The compact, ceiling-mounted Air Guardian system fits that description. Simple to use and install, this fixed, maintenance-free system passes room air through advanced carbon glass HEPA filters before sending it through a 19-foot tube lined with UV-C LED’s. This exposes it to virus-killing light throughout its journey. The tube is circuitous by design, keeping the Air Guardian’s size to just 2 feet by 4 feet.

If you think the Air Guardian may be the right solution for your space, get in touch with Thayer today and we can discuss your needs and this opportunity for increased Covid safety.

UV-C is the Ultimate in Pathogen Prevention

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, there’s an increased demand for sanitation methods that can be used in communal spaces from office blocks to schools to grocery stores.  While the best defense against Covid-19 is a multi-layered one – sanitation, masks, hand washing, social distancing, and vaccinations when available – deploying UV-C light technology is an extremely effective anti-virus tactic.

UV-C is Extremely Effective

UV-C is a type of ultraviolet light that is devastating to biohazards from bacteria to mold to viruses, including Covid-19. It damages the DNA in cells to the point they can no longer function properly, leading to cell death.

The result? Over 99% of biological hazards are destroyed by UV-C light, which is why it’s used in pharmaceutical and medical environments.

UV-C Eliminates the Covid-19 Virus Quickly

UV-C is not only thorough but works very fast. For example, a team from Boston University found that exposing a surface to just 5 millijoules per square centimeter of UV-C light for just six seconds reduced the viral count of Covid-19 on the surface by 99%. The researchers also concluded that 22 millijoules for 25 seconds would result in a reduction of 99.9999%.

“Our test results show that above a specific dose of UV-C radiation, viruses were completely inactivated: in a matter of seconds we could no longer detect any virus,” said team member Dr. Anthony Griffiths.

UV-C is Relatively Safe When Compared to Chemical Disinfectants

The sanitation approach most organizations have taken during the pandemic is focused on liquid disinfectants, usually applied with spray equipment and requiring a wipe down afterward. While these methods can be effective and are easy to deploy, they are labor intensive and airborne droplets can cause contamination or interfere with electronics. Disinfectants also linger as a potential contaminant on surfaces and tend to leave unpleasant odors.

UV-C can be precisely directed, leaves behind no contaminants or odors, and many UV-C applications require no workers to operate or monitor equipment, allowing employees to focus on other tasks.

Disadvantages of UV-C

However, UV-C is not 100% safe, and precautions are necessary. The light produced is damaging to human skin and eyes, and any UV-C equipment you use should have proper interlocks and shielding so that employees are never exposed to an active UV-C light. In some applications, workers may need PPE, such as UV-resistant gloves, goggles or face shields.

Safe, Effective UV-C for Air Quality

Though transmission from surfaces is possible, the main vector for Covid-19 is airborne droplets. What if UV-C could be used to clean the virus from room air, and do so with no danger of human exposure to harmful rays?

The new Air Guardian unit passes room air through advanced carbon glass HEPA filters (removing dust and other contaminants) before moving it through a 19-foot tube lined with UV-C LED’s, exposing it constantly to virus-killing light. This tube is circuitous by design, keeping the Air Guardian’s size to just 2 feet by 4 feet.

This continuous cleansing operation while the room is occupied is the optimal approach for reducing spread of the virus, especially when combined with other practices such as masking and social distancing. Independent testing shows the Air Guardian kills Covid-19 in 13 seconds, and it runs quietly and produces no odors.

If you think the Air Guardian may be the right solution for your space, get in touch with Thayer today and we can discuss your needs and this opportunity for increased Covid safety.

Safe School Opening with Covid-Killing UV-C

One of the worst non-medical effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been its effect on school aged children.  Both educators and research scientists are finding that grades, learning retention, circadian rhythms/sleep cycles, and even general mental health are suffering as Zoom learning fails to fully fill the gap.  Meanwhile, the slowing of Covid spread and the steady increase in the number of Americans who have been vaccinated is making it more and more feasible to reopen schools.

Yet the danger of Covid-19 transmission may remain for some time. How can we reopen schools and be certain we’re providing as safe an environment as possible? There is a clear answer and taking advantage of it can potential be funded by available grants.

UV-C and a Technological Solution

A proven germicidal technology that is usually used to disinfect surfaces and liquids has now been adapted to clean room air and provides a way to reopen schools and other communal spaces. The technology? UV-C lighting.

Germicidal applications using UV-C light, a portion of the ultraviolet spectrum, have been an important part of fighting Covid spread, and were adopted widely prior to the pandemic. UV-C is used in a wide range of applications, from water treatment to sterilizing nail salon tools. Robots equipped with UV-C lights disinfect public transportation, hospitals, and other communal areas.

UV-C damages the DNA in cells to the point they can no longer function, leading to cell death. This kills over 99% of biological hazards, eliminating mold, bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus. No method kills such a wide range of biohazards and does it so effectively. UV-C is applied with LED light sources that emit in the proper range.

So how can this be used to keep classrooms safe? A new American-made system, the Air Guardian applies UV-C to air cleaning.

How Air Guardian Eliminates Covid

The Air Guardian unit is installed in a classroom or other group space, using the room’s existing electrical infrastructure. It then draws air in, passes it through advanced carbon glass HEPA filters and through a 20-foot-long tube. This tube is circuitous by design, keeping the Air Guardian’s size to just 2 feet by 4 feet. As the air travels through, LED’s constantly expose it to UV-C light. Independent testing shows the Air Guardian kills Covid-19 in 13 seconds.

This continuous cleansing operation while the room is occupied is the optimal approach for reducing spread of the virus, especially when combined with other practices such as masking and social distancing. This, combined with disinfectant spraying or wipe-downs, creates the best possible multilayer defense against Covid transmission. Plus, Air Guardian produces no odors and runs quietly.

Grant Funding for Reopening

Installation of the Air Guardian in schools is covered by the CARES Act as well as a number of other available funding sources. The recently passed American Rescue Plan includes $128.6 billion in block grants to states for K-12 education, and these funds may be used for additional sanitization and ventilation improvement costs, as well as other expenses associated with creating a safe school environment. This ensures you can welcome teachers and students back to class in safety, without being concerned about the cost.

What About After Covid?

Once the Covid-19 threat is extinguished—or, as some authorities predict, it becomes a less urgent threat on the order of seasonal flu—what role can a system like Air Guardian play in your school?

In an environment where germ transmission is easy and common, reducing the risk of even minor diseases will pay off with lower absentee rates, and the morale benefit from staff knowing they are protected. Air Guardian systems can continue to keep the air in classrooms clean and pathogen free at a low maintenance cost. The sole maintenance need is to change the carbon glass filters 1 or 2 times per year. Because the system is warranted for five years, you can have peace of mind about replacement costs. Lastly, you won’t have any training costs when you install the unit; teachers simply turn it on and let it run.

If you think the Air Guardian may be the right solution for your school, get in touch with Thayer Lighting today and we can discuss your needs and this opportunity for increased Covid safety.

Air Guardian Filtration System: An Overview

If a business or organization wants to continue to welcome customers or clients, keep enough staff working to serve them, and even just stay open, they need to provide COVID-19 safety measures.  However, doing so usually involves methods that are labor intensive, depend on compliance from those who may not be eager to comply, etc.

Fortunately, the Air Guardian, a new American-made system that eliminates the COVID-19 virus from room air, is now available, and installing it may be funded by grants.

Filtration, Followed by Continuous Disinfection with UV-C

Though the Air Guardian filtration system includes advanced carbon glass HEPA filtering, the real heart of the system is continuous UV-C LED lights. The UV-C spectrum of ultraviolet light is used in a wide range of germicidal applications, from sterilizing nail salon tools to water treatment. Robots equipped with UV-C lights disinfect public transportation, hospitals, and other communal spaces.

Why? Because UV-C damages the DNA in cells to the point they can no longer function properly, leading to cell death. In fact, UV-C kills over 99% of biological hazards, eliminating mold, bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus. No method kills such a wide range of biohazards and does it so effectively.

Room air entering the Air Guardian filtration system passes through an advanced HEPA filter, then travels a route that is circuitous by design. The air is exposed to UV-C light constantly as it travels over 19 feet, purifying it.

In fact, third party testing found that the Air Guardian filtration system killed the Covid-19 virus in 13 seconds. And this continuous cleansing operation while the room is occupied is the optimal approach for reducing spread of the virus, especially when combined with other practices such as masking and social distancing.

The Whole Air Quality Package

In addition to being third party tested, the Air Guardian filtration system is EPA-registered and FDA-certified as a Class 1 Medical Device. It also meets the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHREA).

Installation and care are simple. The Air Guardian filtration system connects into existing electrical infrastructure, so there will be no need for extensive rewiring. The unit itself is ceiling mounted, and only 2 feet by 4 feet. But it’s not just the small size that makes it unobtrusive. The Air Guardian filtration system is quiet, producing the same level of noise as natural bird calls or the ambient noise in a quiet suburb. Unlike some air cleaning systems, it doesn’t emit ozone or any chemicals, but simply cleans the air and recirculates it.

The sole maintenance need is to change the carbon glass filters 1 or 2 times per year, and the system comes with a five-year warranty. With an Air Guardian filtration system, you won’t need labor intensive solutions like frequent spraying. Simply turn it on and let it run.

Funding Help

Installation of the Air Guardian filtration system can be potentially covered by a number of available funding sources. Most importantly, installation in schools is covered by the CARES Act. This ensures you can welcome teachers and students back to class in safety.

If you think the Air Guardian filtration system may be the right COVID-19 safety solution for your facility, get in touch with Thayer today and we can discuss your needs and this opportunity for increased COVID-19 safety.

Lighting a Multi-Site Industrial Environment

Managing an industrial environment such as a multi-plant site or industrial park is a massive undertaking with thousands of details to attend to.  Even the lighting you choose can have an effect on your success and that of those working at the site.  Fortunately, making some informed decisions can save energy, increase productivity and brighten the outlook for everyone involved.

Optimizing Your Indoor Industrial Lighting

Theoretically, the lighting needs of a business could include almost anything, but for most (especially in an industrial setting) the focus will be on maximum productivity. To achieve this, it’s best to use natural light or simulate it as closely as possible. Let’s review some best practices for using natural and LED lighting in this manner:

  1. We mention LED lighting for a reason: LED’s last longer and use less energy than legacy lighting, are more durable than any other type, and an LED keeps the same brightness and color throughout its life.
  1. Be aware of the role of the circadian rhythm, which governs waking and sleeping cycles, and the role of light in it. The frequencies of natural daylight and artificial light that mimics it ensure that workers are more alert, more productive and tend to have better sleep.
  1. During daytime hours, use as much natural light as your building layouts allow, and consider increasing the area of windows and skylights. Installing modern controls will allow you to adjust the brightness of your artificial light based on the amount of natural light in the facility, saving energy and making the environment more aesthetically pleasing.
  1. When installing artificial lighting, choose lights that are in the Cool White range, with a color temperature of 4000 to 5000K. This range works well with the circadian rhythm, is available in a wide range of lighting options, and is also the best color range for detail work.

Balancing the Concerns of Different Tenants Related to Optimization

Normal Cool White general and detail lighting will be optimal for almost all industrial setups, but not all. If your site is in an industrial park or other multi-tenant site, you may be called on to make significant changes to fit the more specialized needs of an individual business. For example, if a client’s operation requires a great deal of color matching, they may need specialized lighting that has a high Color Rendering Index (CRI). When dealing with these issues, consider the following:

  1. If you’re in a remodel/build to suit situation, be sure to fully assess the tenant’s needs and make sure none of their expectations are missed or go undocumented. Make sure all items are incorporated in leases, contracts, etc.
  1. With every tenant, highlight the cost savings and production boost from optimized LED lighting.

Optimizing the Lighting in Outdoor Areas

The right outdoor lighting can be a major asset to an industrial site. It not only increases safety and security, but brightly lit exteriors make an area look more professional and inviting.

As inside the facility, LED lighting is best for exteriors. It’s available in a wide range of styles and applications, path accent lighting to towering pole lights. It’s also more attractive than halogen lighting (no sickly orange glow) and comes on instantly.

The color temperature of outdoor lighting is much less important than in the interior. It’s best to choose whatever temperature between 3,000 and 5,000 makes your facility look its best.

If non-LED lighting is currently installed in your outdoor areas, retrofit fixtures are available to provide LED light without the expense of a total replacement. Working with the experts at Thayer Lighting will help you choose the right fixtures and arrange them for the optimal coverages.

Case Study: Stronghold Camp & Retreat

Dr. Danny Pierce had a simple four-word expression of his multi-faceted vision for Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center in Oregon, Illinois: Active, Green and Growing.  This Presbyterian ministry would be active in the community, active and growing in their faith, and care for the environment more than ever before.  To make the green part of the vision a reality, Pierce chose to work with Thayer Lighting to create a more energy efficient facility.

The Stronghold Center was once the home of a Chicago newspaper publisher and his family, and was built to resemble a castle from Tudor-era Britain, complete with chapel, great hall, and even a secret passage. The castle was purchased by the Presbyterian church in 1962 to serve as a summer camp, which Pierce says is “still the heartbeat of Stronghold.” Summer camp programs for school age children, family camp and grandparent camp are conducted throughout the summer. Over the decades, the grounds have expanded to 360 acres, and Stronghold now functions as a year-round venue for conferences, retreats, and camping, and hosts an annual Olde English Faire. More than 10,000 people visit the camp annually.

Two years ago, Presbyterian churches began collecting and donating LED bulbs as part of a Light Up Stronghold campaign. The next step would be to replace the lighting technology throughout the camp, including the lights in seven residential buildings. Pierce and his team reached out to Elevate Energy in Chicago, a green consulting group that assists non-profit organizations. After conducting a property assessment, the experts at Elevate recommended Thayer Lighting as the primary contractor for the retrofit.

In addition to providing and installing new lighting, the Thayer team assisted with the process of securing rebates and other funding from ComEd. “Patti Thayer was simply fantastic when it came to putting together a clear proposal and all the paperwork,” Pierce said. Rebate and credit funding from ComEd and other sources secured during this process covered $30,000 of the retrofit cost.

With funding secured and a plan in place, the installation process began in August and September of this year. A dedicated project manager oversaw the retrofit, and a technician worked onsite at Stronghold for three weeks.

Now that Stronghold’s lighting has gone 100% green, Pierce expects the investment to pay for itself in only 18 months. “I just can’t give Patti and her team enough credit for how well they handled this and the great results they produced. They’ve helped us become better stewards, the cost savings is just icing on the cake.”

Natural and Adjustable Lighting in Your Manufacturing Facility

It can be argued that there is no business where the margins matter more to success than in manufacturing.  Any drag on productivity hits directly at the profit you make on each manufactured piece.  Since you may be competing with overseas firms that pay their workforce a fraction on what you pay yours, you might already be starting at a disadvantage on expenses.

If your workforce is at its highest productivity, your company will be at its highest profitability. And as we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, lighting has a great effect on the wellbeing of workers. Let’s review why certain lighting has this effect, and how you can leverage it for your benefit and theirs.

The Right Lighting Increases Productivity and Wellbeing

In manufacturing—especially if you’re running a multi-shift operation—keeping workers alert and productive is crucial, but also a challenge. No one can really afford sleepy workers, and workers can’t afford to be less than sharp around manufacturing machinery.

Our alertness and productivity is related to the circadian rhythm, which governs our waking and sleeping cycles and is tied to the frequencies found in daylight. When humans are exposed during their workday to either natural daylight or lighting that mimics it, they are more alert, tend to sleep better, and are more productive. As little as 15 minutes of natural light exposure causes the body to release endorphins, and a study by the World Green Building Council found that natural daylight increased worker productivity by 18%.

The right lighting also reduces eye strain, and the headaches, minor medical issues and production mistakes that result from it.

Finding the Right Color

It’s a simple matter to bring natural daylight into your space via skylights and windows. If you’re in a situation where you’re renovating or constructing a new facility, add as many windows as possible. But how do we add “daylight” to the workspace in non-daylight hours? LED lighting is the best choice, because it uses far less power than incandescent lighting, lasts far longer, and keeps the same brightness and color throughout its life.

LED’s which can have a color temperature of 6500°K is a perfect match for daylight, but Cool White (4000 to 5000K) is available in more lighting options and has a similar effect on circadian rhythms. Daylight contains bluer wavelengths, and so do cool light types.

Even better, Cool White is the best color for detail work, so it will not only increase alertness and reduce eyestrain, but it will also reduce the number of mistakes since workers can see more clearly. Both the main lighting and task lighting in your facility should also be Cool White.

Adjusting Brightness

Dimming Systems can be complicated and expensive. We don’t frequently recommend them unless renovating or there is a higher budget.  A dimming system can help control and adjust the brightness of your lighting system based on the amount of natural light that is present. This will ensure that at any time of day or night, your workers are working in light that helps keep them alert but reduces the amount you spend on electricity during the day.