The Benefits of Natural Light in Your Office
Whether your office is a simple work-from-home space you’ve created for yourself, or in a high-rise in the city centre, having it bathed in natural light for most of the day can benefit your mental and physical well-being, along with the health of your bank balance. But it doesn’t mean having to put up with harmful UV rays. With the right window tinting you can block out harmful UV rays and excess solar heat, while still allowing a flood of natural light through, along with these great benefits:
Better Energy Efficiency
Even if you aren’t responsible for the energy bill of your office, making it more energy efficient is also good for the environment. The more natural light your office is exposed to the less dependent you are on electric lighting, and with a good window tint you will also find your office better at self-regulating the temperature, making you less reliant on the air-conditioner.
Natural light in your office is unlikely to boost your levels of Vitamin D because UVB rays – the ones responsible for triggering our bodies to produce Vitamin D – cannot penetrate glass. However, exposure to natural light in any environment can help boost mood, while also reducing eyestrain and various complaints associated with eyestrain: such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and mild headaches. And while seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t that prevalent in the southern hemisphere, not being deprived of natural light in the workplace during winter can reduce the occurrence of the condition further.
Studies have shown a link between natural light in the workplace and the productivity of workers, with people in offices exposed to more natural light getting more done, but also being a lot more focused. It could be the result of sunlight helping your body regulate serotonin better, improving your mood, and thereby stimulating you to get more done. Not to be ignored though is the role sunlight – so, natural light – plays in keeping circadian rhythms in check. The screens of electronic devices – especially mobile devices and laptops – give off a lot of blue light, which doesn’t only supress melatonin levels in our bodies, but also interferes with our circadian rhythms, ultimately affecting the amount and quality of sleep you get. Natural light is more of a white light, which helps counter the effects of blue light, and if you’re sleeping better each night, you’re likely getting more done each day in the office too.
By tinting the windows in your office, you can ditch the blinds or screens you currently use to reduce the glare of sun, allowing more natural light in without exposing you or your furniture to damaging UV rays.