Analysing Ergonomics And Ergonomic Lighting Engineering Essay

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In response to your request that I research Ergonomic Lighting the following are my findings. What is Ergonomics? "It is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, not forcing the worker to fit the job." (Office Ergonomic, n.d, para.1).

Ergonomic lighting is an important tool used for almost any task being performed. We receive the majority of our information through sight and lighting plays a significant role. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, 2003, para.1). Ergonomic products are used to assist your everyday tasks; resulting in a comfortable, reliable and efficient work environment.

It is important when purchasing ergonomic equipment we search for items that address issues such as location, glare, shadow, size, watts, adjustable brightness, incandescent or fluorescent lighting. Whether in an office, home, hospital, school or on our common roads, it should be beneficial to the environment in which it will be best utilize.

In an office environment appropriate lighting facilitates productivity; ensuring there is use of proper lighting and suitable overhead lighting throughout. "The three basic types of lighting are general, localized-general and task lighting" (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, 2003, para.4). General lighting helps to brighten large areas with the use of ceiling fixtures such as pot lighting and ceiling fans. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, 2003, para.4) "Localized-general uses overhead fixtures in addition to ceiling fixtures to increase lighting for particular tasks; for example hanging and track lighting." (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, 2003, para.4).

Task lighting increases the light level over the work and surrounding areas which can be adjusted at your own convenience. This involves the use of items such as floor lamps, wall lights, desk top lights, sconces and mood lighting. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, 2003, para.4). The set-up and design of office lighting is essential, for instance, a person at a workstation that may have a nearby window emitting sunlight can cause a glare on their computer monitor which can result in blurred and or double vision, headaches, straining of the eyes and muscles. (Anshel, 2006, p.25). This may cause distraction thereby slowing down productivity for both the worker and the company. Tinted glass or window coverings can be used to help eliminate the amount of natural light coming into the space (Anshel, 2006, p.25).

Studies show that ergonomic lighting is essential for computer work and will decrease eye strain fatigue and fewer headaches. It can also improve your posture allowing you to move away from the computer screen rather than leaning towards it. Ultimately space, design, placement and the type of lighting in combination is to assist the worker in completing their tasks proficiently.

Desk Lamp Desk Lighting

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS:

Productivity/Manufacturer

Features

Benefits

Pricing

Availability

Desk Lighting - Task Lighting provide Glare Free Lighting

"The side to side pivot off the arm is 120 degree" (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"Elbow joints (at left) can be locked to hold your lamp's arm in place"

(Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"Design allows 360 degree swivel around the base mount." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"The ballast lamp head can be moved up and down 120 degree."

(Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"You're affordable 180 degree to each side (though the cord limits you from the ability to perform a true 360)." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"13 watts florescent bulb providing the equivalent of a 75 watt incandescent bulb." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"The screen-style diffuser built in helps even illumination distribution, reducing shadows and eliminating glare." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"The lamps mounting arm is designed to save you work space."

(Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"Three optional mounting solutions; desk clamp (included), wall mount and cubicle panel bracket."

(Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"Desk lighting with desk clamp cost $239.95 US, free shipping." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"Optional panel mounting add-on is $18.95 US."

(Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

"In stock. Lead time is within 3-5 business days." (Desk Lighting-Task lamps provide Glare-Free Lighting, n.d, para.1).

Desk Lamps - Office Lamps with Style and Dual Levels

"Even light distribution".

(Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Dual light level switch." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"180 degree tilt." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Energy saving electronic ballast."

(Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"18 watt compact fluorescent lamp." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"10,000 hours of lamp life." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"4100k colour temperature."

(Desk Lamps - Office wStyle and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Lighting can be changed with two settings. A single click of switch takes you from 50% to 100% lumen output."

(Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"The lamp includes your choice of edge clamp, edge clamp for rounded surface, wall bracket, Grommet mount or panel bracket." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Other mounts can be purchased separately if you desire such as; rectangle, single or designer table bases." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"You can choose the configuration for your desk lamp such as; single vertical arm, double vertical arm and double horizontal." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Fluorescent single arm. In black/platinum is for the of $294.95 US free shipping." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Fluorescent double vertical arm; In black/platinum is for the cost of $319.95 US."(Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Fluorescent double horizontal. In black/platinum is for the cost of 314.95 US." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Designer table base in black is for the cost of $98.95 US" (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Rectangle table base in black is for the cost of $98.95 US." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"Single arm table base in black is for the cost of $41.95 US." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"The Fluorescent double horizontal is in stock and available within 3-5 business days." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"The Fluorescent single arm and double vertical arm was not available." (Desk Lamps - Office With Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

"The different table bases for task lamps are in stock and available within 1-2 weeks." (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).

RECOMMENDATION:

Gathering the information that I've received I believe that both ergonomic products have outstanding attributes; However, the product I chose was the Desk Lamp - Office Lamps with Style and Dual Light Level because it increases productivity by giving you the ability to manage your own light output from 50 - 100% depending on your surroundings. The 18 watt compact fluorescent lamp has a rotational ball joint that allows for a full 180 degree tilt. I think that this desk lamp has great versatility because it has diverse table bases and clamps for your own advantage to suit your workspace. This lamp can also be position under a cubicle storage cabinet if needed or right on your desk top while it produces a long lasting 10,000 hours of lamp life. (Desk Lamps - Office with Style and Dual Light Levels, n.d, para.1).