Why is Natural Light So Important in Commercial Buildings?

When designing, decorating, and operating a commercial space, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. There are so many things that can influence and impact how employees and visitors will respond to a space, which can have significant effects on the success of businesses and companies.

Natural light is so important and can offer us a number of benefits. Bringing sunlight into commercial spaces isn’t just good for aesthetic purposes, it can have a major impact on how employees perform and how customers behave. From electric window openers to skylights, there are a number of ways to introduce daylight to your space. Let’s take a look at why natural light is so important in commercial buildings.

It Improves Visibility

For workers and customers in a commercial building, having proper visibility is absolutely essential. Staff need to be able to see what they’re doing to carry out their work efficiently and safely, while customers need to be able to navigate around the space securely and be able to clearly see products on the shelves.

While artificial light can and is commonly used in commercial spaces to increase visibility, it does come with some downsides. It can often be too bright and invasive or even too dim, two extremes which can result in causing eye strain and headaches.

By using natural light, you will provide visibility for staff and guests within your commercial space while managing to avoid some of the drawbacks that can be associated with artificial light.

It can Offer Health Benefits

Sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D in the human body. Vitamin D is essential to the healthy development and maintenance of our bodies, it can work to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers, while it can also prevent bone loss and keep our muscles in good condition.

Contrary to what many people might assume, you don’t necessarily have to be outside to reap the benefits offered by exposure to natural light. Sitting in a sunny spot by an open window will work as well, meaning office staff and workers in commercial buildings are perfectly able to get the vitamin D they need while at work.

It’s Good for Mental Health

Mental health awareness is spreading at an exponential rate. More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of our mental health and are taking steps to ensure they are looking after their own.

Lack of exposure to natural sunlight has been linked to mental disorders including depression and anxiety. People who spend long periods of time indoors and away from the sun are more prone to developing these conditions.

Bring plenty of natural light into your commercial building to mitigate these risks. Doing so will also promote greater worker productivity and increase levels of focus and concentration among your employees.

Conclusion

It may come as a surprise just how important natural light is in commercial spaces. Beyond just aesthetic and visual benefits, it can improve the health of staff and customers and increase the productivity of employees.

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