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When going to market, how can one identify which bulbs have higher color temperatures? I don’t remember seeing that on any labels. It’s hard enough to find lumens on a standard (non-LED) bulb package.
I’ve seen lumens and color temperature listed on compact fluorescent bulbs, but I don’t think I have seen that info for regular incandescent bulbs. Sometimes high color temp bulbs are marketed as “cool” or “blue” lights.
I have also seen many “daylight” bulbs with high color temperatures.
> Increase productivity by maintaining an ambient temperature that is comfortable or slightly cooler than your comfort zone
That graph doesn’t seem to support this. It seems the highest productivity in most of the studies is attributed to the range 23-26°C. That’s 73-75°F, slightly above a “room temperature” of 72°F. The offices I’ve been in were usually much colder, maybe 68°F, which on this graph (at 20°C), all studies show is a few % less effective.
Good point Iain. The first paper linked under the temperature section contains that graph and the conclusion that comfortable or slightly cooler than comfort are best for productivity, but they didn’t do a good job of explaining how they define the comfort zone.
I think part of the problem is that the temperature comfort zone will change depending on the season, the location, and from person to person. Right now I have the AC set at 28°C/82°F, which according to the graph is very unproductive. However, it’s 35°C/95°F outside and my office feels plenty cool to me.
The AC here in the office broke yesterday and we can’t get anybody in to fix it until this afternoon. We are sure feeling the productivity hit!
I have a natural tendency to discount a lot of the ergonomic crap that is being peddled by various companies. At my last job they bought us all ergonomic mice and keyboards, and I actually had more pain in my hands and wrists and felt my productivity suffer.
Yep, the research on a lot of ergonomics accessories is inconclusive. There is good support for buying a highly adjustable chair, but the data supporting the use of other accessories like mice and keyboards is a bit murky. I will be publishing an upcoming article on that topic in the next few weeks. You can sign up to be notified when it comes out by clicking here: http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=1628114
I think a lot of it is just personal preference and what you are used to. I really like the ergonomic keyboards (well, some styles) and ergonomic mouse pads, but can’t stand to use any of the ergonomicly designed mice.
In the XYZ vs. Temperature graph, there is a typo in the title. Thanks for producing this- we are having a discussion about our hot workplace
I pulled that graph straight out of the research paper. It just goes to show that PhDs make mistakes too.
Temperature is often one of the easiest changes that can be made to boost workers’ productivity, so hopefully you guys can get your hot workplace sorted out.
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