WRITTEN BY HENRI JUSLÉN
Helvar’s Chief Future Illuminator, focuses together with his team on lighting, research, university co-operation, IPR, standards and AI-solutions. With over 40 years of life experience and over 20 years of lighting experience, Henri is a true veteran of the lighting industry. Henri holds a number of qualifications including a D.Sc in tech and the WELL AP credential.
At Helvar we have been focusing on improving our offices to ensure an optimum place of work. Our WELL certification application process has significantly helped in meeting our goals. Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, our employees have been forced to work remotely. Needless to say, one’s working environment may vary with some people working in home offices, the kitchen, the bedroom, the living room or even the garden. The Helvar offices benefit from lighting control systems tuned to employee well-being and productivity. Unfortunately, our homes may not benefit from this luxury, so how can we ensure that we remain productive?
You might not miss the noise from a busy office with chatty colleagues but now you may have to deal with even noisier kids or a disturbing total silence. Many of us do not have the same ergonomic levels at our home office than we do at a real office. Generally, lighting in homes are designed more for relaxation and comfort rather than for effective working. Whilst it is uncertain on how long we may need to work remotely; it is important to ensure that we remain productive, so we have put together a few tips to enhance your well-being whilst working remotely.
The right amount of light
To enhance circadian rhythms, you need light during the day. The stronger the rhythms, the better you sleep, and we all know that sleeping well will improve your health. When choosing your working area at home, select an area where there is a proper amount of light that easily reaches your eyes. Areas where for example walls are white can create an atmosphere where reflected light increases your daily light dose. If you have areas with different colour temperatures, meaning that some lamps are cooler or warmer, it is recommended to be at the cooler area in the morning and during the day, and then to stay at the warmer area if you are working late in the evening.