When someone walks into a space, the first thing they notice is its interior and how illuminated it is. An ideal floor plan allows an adequate amount of natural daylight to filter in. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need an open floor plan. Instead, you can incorporate various techniques that allow additional light into your space, such as glass walls, skylights, and most importantly, a floor coating with a high Light Reflectance Value (LRV).
What is Light Reflectance Value?
Light Reflectance Value (LRV) determines the quantity of usable light that is reflected from a surface when it’s illuminated by a source of light. LRV is measured on a scale of 0 to 100%, where zero means complete absorption and 100% means that it’s completely reflective. A floor coating that contributes to a well-lit space can have an LRV of anywhere between 60 and 70.
Here’s how your floor’s LRV impacts your facility’s interior environment and the effectiveness of its lighting:
Impacts on employee productivity
A report based on a survey of 7,000 office workers stated that 40% of employees complain about uncomfortable and harsh lighting in their work premises. Psychologists claim that there’s an undeniable relationship between the productivity of an employee and daylight exposure in the workplace.
Dim lights lead to eye fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, and in some cases, seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, interiors that incorporate floor coatings that reflect maximum light induce positive emotions in employees.
Reduced use of artificial light sources
The overall goal of a facility should be to reduce any dependency on artificial lighting fixtures, which also come with the overhead of installation, maintenance, and let’s not forget, driving up the electricity bill!
The quality of the coating that’s used in your facility’s flooring holds importance because it not only ensures its longevity, but also helps to capture and reflect light more effectively, resulting in a brighter interior space.
Therefore, floor coatings with high light reflectance values are the way to go.
Reduced Safety Hazards
Highly reflective floor coatings prevent accidents in dimly-lit spaces like garages and parking lots, ultimately reducing the possibility of frequent accidents by ensuring appropriate lighting without glares and shadows caused by increased use of light fixtures throughout the space.
Choosing the right floor coating—with the appropriate reflective value—is the key to having a functional interior space. CSS Coatings is your go-to service for this purpose. It provides diverse flooring options, including metallic epoxy flooring and MMA flooring with the required visual ergonomics for your facility. Get in touch with them now to improve the overall appearance of your workspace with added benefits.