3 Companies Who Know the Importance of Natural Lighting for Employees
By Torrin Greathouse | November 13, 2015
Despite its well-documented benefits, most companies choose not to integrate natural lighting, relying instead on inefficient artificial lighting methods. Those who have embraced daylighting in their facilities have discovered incredible benefits. These are three leading companies who have leveraged natural light to improve conditions for their employees.
In an attempt to reduce energy costs and consumption, Whole Foods began to install a combination of industrial skylights and LED lighting in their stores. What they also achieved was a marked improvement in employee satisfaction. In a survey of employees after the move to natural lighting, Whole Foods found that on average approximately 80% of the employees found that daylighting made their work environment more attractive and more comfortable. Additionally, nearly 90% of the employees said that the new lighting made it much easier to see where they were working.
A1 Cold Storage
After installing commercial skylights to provide natural lighting without “punching holes in the walls” for windows, A1 Cold Storage discovered a number of benefits. Not only did this reduce their monthly bills by as much as $2000, more importantly they found that it improved employee moods and prevented lighting related headaches. Diffused full spectrum light is proven to help reduce the headache causing eyestrain which artificial lights contribute to. Not only that, but exposure to natural lighting has been shown to increase the production of vitamin D and melatonin (a neurotransmitter which regulates sleep), helping to combat a range of health conditions including insomnia, seasonal affective disorder, and multiple sclerosis.
Prince Street Technologies
This textile company in San Francisco, CA was experiencing high energy bills and an elevated number of worker’s compensation suits. After integrating natural lighting into their facility, they saw worker’s compensation cases drop by a factor of more than twenty, because natural light not only improves visibility and our eyes ability to detect fine detail, but it also reduces workplace injuries and builds a greater sense of connectedness to a company. Both of these reduce the likelihood of accidental injury and workman’s compensation litigation.
While we wrote about three companies who implement natural light to improve their bottom line and their employees’ health, there are a plethora of other companies including Google, LG, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, and Office Depot who incorporate daylighting into their buildings to bring in similar benefits.