The bumper sticker phrase on task lighting is, “Don’t turn on all the lights just to read one sheet of paper.”
The best example of using task lights at home is in the kitchen.
One light fixture in the center of the ceiling is intended to light up the whole room. But, at night when there is no daylight that isn’t enough light for some tasks. For some tasks, the cook’s body casts a shadow on the work being done.
In the vent hood over the stovetop there is a task light to help folks see what’s cooking. Over the sink is another fluorescent light, ready to assist in quality control inspections, to make sure the dishes get really clean. We have other fluorescent lights under the cupboards that illuminate work being done in the pie-making zone.
Each task light can be used individually, just for the work at hand, without turning them all on. Using task lighting help you do a good job and save on the electricity bill.
The same principle applies at work.
The over all lighting levels do not need to be as bright when folks can switch on a light that is focused just where it is needed.
Keeping general lighting levels down to about 30 foot candles saves power and provides plenty of light for safely navigating around the factory or office.
Put more light just where it is needed. Make it so the person doing the work can aim it to suit the task at hand.
Examples of task lighting are desk lamp, quality inspection lighting and workbench lights.
Proper use of task lights helps to get the work done more effectively and reduce the overall cost of electrical power used for lighting.
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