The best solution for achieving optimal workspace lighting is an asymmetric task light.
Ergonomically designed task lights distribute light evenly across the working area. Since light is directed across the worksurface, it will not cause any glare to the user or discomfort to colleagues. The even light distribution eases the transition between light and dark areas and allows your eyes to work in a constant, comfortable light.
Statutory requirements fulfilled
Requirements for good workspace lighting are laid down in the international standard for indoor workplace lighting, EN 12464-1. Luxo task lights surpass the illuminance requirements of a minimum average of 500 lux on the desk surface.
An individual ergonomic task light ensures optimal workspace lighting. The illustration below shows an important advantage of asymmetric light output: the luminaire may be placed outside of your immediate work area, allowing for increased space to work.
Vision accounts for greater than 80% of human perception.
66 million people are effected by Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and 91% of computer users experience eyestrain due to poor lighting conditions. Ergonomic task lighting is key to achieving workplace productivity, user control and visual comfort.
Two of the more common complaints from employees in a working environment regard room temperature and the amount of light. Often ambient light levels are too high and task light levels too low. Employees experience glare from lightsources and computer screens which can lead to unwanted aches, pains and eyestrain. In order to maximize workplace productivity, minimize turnover and increase loyalty from employees, it is essential to provide adjustable task lighting at every workspace.
People have different needs depending on their age and the type of work they do. For example, reading requires more light than computer work, and a 60 year old requires more light than a 20 year old. Modern, ergonomically-designed task lights with complete arm flexibility and controls such as dimming, allow for individual light adjustment and give users control of their workspace. Additional lighting controls such as auto shut-off and PIR sensors provide additional control as well as energy-savings.
Vision “controls” the positioning of the body to obtain optimal viewing conditions. Improper lighting causes eyestrain and undermines the benefits of other ergonomic products within a workspace. Optimal workspace lighting is achieved as ergonomically-designed asymmetric task lights distribute light evenly, across the entire work area, reducing the risk of glare and reflections.
An ergonomic task light:
produces enough light to illuminate an entire workspace
casts light over the length of the workspace minimizing glare
is positioned outside of the immediate work area
does not strain the eyes
reduces tension on the neck and back that often results from sitting incorrectly in order to see well
allows for individual adjustment
improves well-being, productivity and job satisfaction
The personal task light is actually one of the most important components for a good working environment.
Unwanted aches and pains
A whole range of unwanted aches and pains, headaches, neck and back ailments and eyestrain can be attributed to poor lighting. This is because the body compensates for poor lighting; we adopt unhealthy postures in order to see well.
When fitting out or refurbishing your workplace it is essential to provide adequate light from an adaptable and easily adjusted source such as a task light.
The key to reduced general lighting
By placing a task light at each workspace, we are not only providing the individual with a good and ergonomically correct lighting solution, but are also making it possible to substantially reduce the general lighting in the room.
The amount of light you need changes with age. A 60 year old requires 5-6 times as much light as a 20 year old.
At Luxo we know how important light is for the working environment and for the health and well-bring of an individual in the workplace. Good lighting reduces the risk of health problems, increases safety, and enhances productivity.
For this reason we place great importance on the light quality of our illuminated magnifiers. They are not just magnifiers with light, but powerful luminaires with excellent light output. The quality and exact positioning of the lightsources in relation to the lens allow for virtually shadow-free magnification and excellent color rendering capabilities.
LED: Lightsource of the future
During the last few years we have designed, developed and manufactured a new generation of luminaires, using LED instead of traditional lightsources. Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are semiconductors that emit light when an electric current passes through them. LEDs can be used on their own, or assembled into modules for added power.
Light emitting diodes have an incredibly long life span. The diodes in our LED magnifiers have a life expectancy of over 50,000 hours. That means 25 years or more with normal use.
Ergonomic. Energy efficient. Economic.
Our modern LED magnifiers are designed to provide the best possible ergonomics, while saving energy. They use only a fraction of the energy required by luminaires with traditional lightsources.
Luxo’s magnifiers are specially designed to maximize horizontal and vertical movement. They provide significant horizontal reach, and will always stay in the right position without drifting. The arms are balanced by spring systems which ensure smooth and easy positioning – no knobs to tighten, nothing to adjust.
Friction free lamp head movements
The ability to position the lens and direct the light exactly where needed is the hallmark of Luxo’s illuminated magnifiers. The flexibility of the lamp head means that it is easy to adjust the magnifier for your personal needs.
It is the combination of arm and head movements that determines the degree of flexibility in a magnifier. Luxo’s magnifiers are highly flexible, offering a combination of the three all-important head movements:
Horizonal side-to-side movement (yaw)
Up and down movement (tilt)
Rotation around a horizontal axis (roll)
The flexibility of the self-balancing arm and friction-free joint between the lamp head and arm makes exact positioning easy.
Luxo’s history of lighting for the individual began with the development of the L-1 task light in 1937. The freedom of movement and the ability to place the light exactly where it was needed, forever changed the way task lights are used.
L-1 was designed by Luxo’s founder, the Norwegian industrialist Jac Jacobsen, and is still in production today. The lamp arm is balanced by springs that work on the action and reaction principle of human arm muscles.
Jac Jacobsen (1901-1996) was in his thirties when he launched Luxo L-1. He soon realized that his spring-arm would carry a variety of different luminaires for various purposes, including illuminated magnifiers.
Jac Jacobsen soon realized that his spring-balanced arm would carry a variety of different luminaires, including illuminated magnifiers, for numerous purposes. The decades following saw Luxo’s development of a range of illuminated magnifiers for industrial applications, electronics, therapy and cosmetology, low vision and the healthcare sector.
Modern range of arm-based magnifiers
Naturally, Luxo’s range of products has been vastly expanded since those early days. However, the philosophy and knowledge from the development of the L-1 is still maintained in all of Luxo’s modern products. Today Luxo’s range of illuminated magnifiers comprises a wide variety of arm technologies, with internal or external springs. They all have perfect balance, and careful ergonomics built into them.
Luxo magnifiers are designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use in cosmetology, health salons and beauty spas, as well as in the healthcare sector. Our illuminated magnifiers are also excellent tools for people with impared vision.
With no knobs to tighten and nothing to adjust, the highly flexible, self-balancing shade allows the lamp head to be positioned horizontally, vertically and laterally.
Cosmetology and cosmetics
Luxo magnifiers are designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use in cosmetology, health salons and beauty spas.
Many adults require strong glasses or magnifiers to focus on closely viewed objects. With a range of magnification levels, lenses and mounting options, Luxo’s magnifiers are used to improve the quality of life for those with low vision.
Illuminated magnifiers are used in hospital laboratories, and for examining patients. Excellent colour rendering is needed when examining human skin, and to distinguish between different types of tissue.