Before discussing why offices use decorative fluorescent light diffusers, we should first understand why they use fluorescent lighting. In practically every office you enter you find fluorescent lighting – if not the more modern LED lights. There is one main reason why: economy.
Fluorescent and LED lamps use less electricity for the same level of illumination than any other common method of lighting. Fluorescent tube lighting is the most common and most economical to run in terms of electricity usage and maintenance. They rarely go down, and changing them is very easy.
However, both fluorescent and LED lamps have one basic issue: the glare and harshness of the light. It is possible to purchase fluorescent tubes in a range of different types, ranging from a warm yellow to a bright light simulating sunlight. However, once you veer away from the standard domestic grade, the price rises. Harsh lighting can be unsettling in an office, and add to stress rather than help diminish it.
Fluorescent Light Diffusers
From the point of view of economy, fluorescent lights are hard to beat. Since they must be used, offices tend to use fluorescent light diffusers to spread the light more evenly and to partially reduce their glare. These come in the form of panels that are fitted over single or dual fluorescent tubes, or in the case of LED, beneath a set of LED lamps.
Fluorescent light diffusers spread the light and offer a more even form of lighting than individual lamps. While they can also reduce glare, this form of lighting is still hash to the eyes – in fact one of the harshest forms of lighting used in offices, schools, hospitals and even in the home. In spite of this, they continue to be used because there are no cheaper alternatives available.
This is why decorative fluorescent lighting covers were designed: to reduce the glare and offer a more pleasing way to spread the light and reduce glare. Such covers are designed using thick film that has been printed with a photographic image. Such images are available in the form of cloudy blue skies, night skies, waterfalls, flowers, ocean scenes, sunsets, images from deep space and more.
Decorative Fluorescent Lighting Covers
When used in schools, decorative fluorescent lighting covers can halve a calming effect on children. Medical and educational experts are undecided on the effect of fluorescent lighting on children at school. Some believe the glare and flicker of many fluorescent tubes can affect hyperactive and autistic children. This is not proven, but until proved to the contrary it is likely wise to avoid this where possible.
That is what decorative fluorescent light diffusers can do. Rather than a flickering light, decorative fluorescent lighting covers printed with a view of the night sky will seem like a view of twinkling stars to children.
The same is true in offices, but for a different reason. Flicker in office lighting can set the teeth on edge and lead to stress. By covering it with a waterfall scene, a flicker can be useful in imparting a sense of motion to the falling water, or a slight movement in a view of trees towering above the office.
While it is true that fluorescent lighting is an inexpensive means of lighting office spaces, the flicker and glare can be put to use by means of decorative fluorescent lighting covers. This can relieve stress, and also provide a more even form of lighting throughout the office. Good managers know that a stress-free environment is conducive to productive and error-free work. This can be achieved by fitting such covers over fluorescent light diffusers.