All too often, business managers believe that lighting that consumes less energy, and therefore costs less to operate, is better lighting. This attitude actually costs businesses billions of dollars a year, according to John Bachner, communications director for the National Lighting Bureau, a nonprofit educational organization based in Maryland.
Workers who are given good lighting perform faster and make fewer mistakes, Bachner says, noting that a technique used to cut lighting energy consumption in half at one business also caused a 28 percent decline in productivity.
“The bottom line,” Bachner says, “is to design a lighting system that first and foremost optimizes human performance, and only then minimizes energy consumption.”
Reprinted with permission from the February 2000 issue of Continental Magazine, published by Pohly & Partners, Boston, MA.