Office life is in a constant state of transition. While the 9 to 5 prevails in many cases, we're seeing organisations change in culture and with technology, producing more mobile and collaborative teams, and a breakdown of traditional roles and duties.
With these developments come changes in architecture, design, furnishings and equipment. The laptop is replacing the desktop, whilst mobile phones, tablets and other 'smart’ technologies are influencing how we organise both personally and collectively.
We have the potential for unprecedented amounts of freedom, but we're also more nomadic. Office workers no longer just move from cubicle to meeting room to the lunch room. We’re working from home, at the café and in shared public workspaces. We talk with colleagues in different time zones as if they were a mere cubicle over, and the technology that enables this makes the experience seem more personal than ever.
In short, things have changed, and will keep changing. We need lighting that can meet the demands of this change, that both complements natural light and enhances the atmosphere of our different workday scenes. Below we look at the types of lighting that are used in most offices, as well as some of the most popular layouts, with suggestions on how to light them better to make the most of your productivity.