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Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Turn night into day for shiftworkers with LED lighting and reduce staff fatigue.

Monday, August 13th, 2012

In order to meet the demands of globalisation and a 24-hour society, many factories, warehouses and industrial plants need to continually operate to gain competitive advantage and keep up with growing demands. To do this, we need shift workers. Shift (night) workers are one of the most important employees to companies as without these people, the world would stop running. Business would come to halt every evening, and there would be no one to look after us between the hours of 5pm and 9am the following morning. We need to look after these people as they are an excellent source of increased production and customer service. However, shift work can create potential and serious problems for these employees, such as frequent sleep disturbance, and associated excessive sleepiness, both can cause no end of problems.

sleeping at work

Indictors of shift-work related fatigue that affect the employee include:

  1. Wandering and disconnected thoughts
  2. Headaches and/or stomach aches
  3. Drowsiness during shift and inability to sleep after shift
  4. Degrade mental capabilities
  5. Increased distractibility and/or irritability

Indictors of shift-work related fatigue that affect the business include:

  1. Wrong decisions are made
  2. Accidents
  3. Absenteeism
  4. Decreased productivity
  5. Employee injuries

How can I reduce employee fatigue to increase productivity and employee comfort, I hear you ask?

Daylight works wonderfully to help reduce the problems of fatigue, and keep employees feel more energised and awake, however, in a warehouse at night time… how do you achieve that? Well.. by switching your current, traditional lighting fixtures with our sophisticated LED alternative, you can simulate a ‘real’ day experience. It has been said by many of our clients that their employees don’t even realise that the lights are on, as it so accurately represents daylight. It has also worked wonders for improved productivity and increased concentration by decreasing tiredness and staff absence levels.

Employee benefits of switching to LED lighting:

  1. Feeling more energetic/awake
  2. Increased happiness
  3. Improved sleeping pattern & sleep in general
  4. More motivation leading to employee satisfaction
  5. Increased concentration levels

Company benefits of switching to LED lighting:

  1. Increased productivity and staff morale
  2. Decrease in costs due to mistakes caused by tiredness
  3. Decreased staff absence levels
  4. Improved employee satisfaction
  5. Increased profits

So what are you waiting for? Switch to LED lighting from Interior Control today, and see your staffs morale and productivity improve instantly!!

Awful quality of some company logo’s!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

As part of an exercise I was just doing – I needed to find the logo’s for some of our LED lighting customers. It seems strange to me now that in this age of high quality ‘everything’ many of the customers I was looking for seemed to have very low aulity images for their logo’s. Don’t you think that’s a bit strange? I know that ‘back in my day’ one of the key attributes of a company’s marketing strategy was a very high quality logo – often 1000dpi and over 10000 pixels across. Some I searched for yesterday I was hard pressed to find an image over 180×60 ?? We sell LED Warehouse lighting to large industrial companies, with ATEX versions of most lights. These customers of ours are usually huge – so why no budget for a nice logo? Oh well…..

Isn’t it funny how many people respond to blogs they haven’t read?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I just noticed (after realising that the spam filter isn’t working) that of the 157 comments we had on our LED lighting posts – not one of them was from a human being – they’re all blog robots. Which then got me thinking – why (oh why) would a developer waste their time writing blog robots in the first place. I assumed that the idea of writing blogs was to ‘enthral’, ‘innovate’, ‘create food for thought’ – however, it’s obviously just another way for some loon to create software that just trawls posts and replies with gibberish. I guess us real people should just feel sorry for those out there with a dirth of imagination who can’t actually write. Shame really :(

Does my Carbon Footprint look big in this?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Girls_back_on_beachThe Carbon Trust has published the findings of a survey of 2047 British adults interviewed in February 2010 and asked about what they put in their shopping trolley. A quarter of people say it’s not just carbs but carbon that now influences their shopping habits.

The research shows that carbon counting now stands shoulder to shoulder with calorie counting when it comes to the weekly shop.

  • 86% of consumers want their favourite brands to help combat the threat of climate change by reducing their carbon footprint.
  • Almost half (43%) are actively seeking information about the carbon impact of the products they buy and more than half (52%) would be more loyal to a brand if they could see at a glance they were taking steps to reduce their footprint.
  • It seems we’re more ready than ever to stand by our carbon principles, with almost a quarter (22%) of respondents willing to stop buying their favourite brands if they didn’t commit to bearing the Carbon Reduction Label.
  • Cars, electrical goods and food were the products we most wanted to see making the carbon commitment.

Euan Murray from the Carbon Trust said: “People are increasingly looking for simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint, without sacrificing on price, taste or convenience.  They want to protect the environment, but are often confused about how they can make a difference.

We know they don’t want to hear about big numbers and global targets – they want to see at a glance which companies and brands are doing their bit to tackle climate change. The Carbon Reduction Label is on a wide range of our favourite household brands and is a badge of assurance that consumers can look for to help them decide what makes it into their trolley”.

Audit Commission slams councils’ energy saving strategies

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Audit Commission has published a report entitled “Lofty Ambitions” in which it examines and reports on the progress made by councils to cut domestic emissions in their areas. It gives practical examples to show councils how they can tackle emissions, and at the same time help to reduce fuel poverty. The report also considers how councils can achieve improvements in value for money from their actions to reduce CO2.

The report finds that few councils have adopted stretching targets to deliver energy savings and fewer still have developed long term ambitious strategies.

The Audit Commission recognises that “financial constraints will limit councils’ spending” but councils can still “lead, oblige and subsidise” home owners and landlords into action.

The full report is available for download at the Audit Commission web site.

Small companies continue with environmentally friendly measures despite recession

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

In a survey of small companies conducted by the Forum of Private Business, 61% of respondents said that the recession had had no impact on their environmental plans.

Of those surveyed 22% had formal plans and 56% informal environmental policies in place. 83% said that they were implementing environmental strategies because they believed that it was ‘the right thing to do’.

The most common measures used to reduce energy usage were: monitoring energy usage (52%), upgrading commercial premises (48%) and investing in technology (43%).

The FPB’s Policy Representative, Matt Goodman said. “It is important to emphasise that measures to reduce carbon emissions can mean savings on the bottom line, but we also need a more joined-up approach from the Government including a system of workable incentives that are rewarding rather than punitive.”

83% of employees think that their employer lacks CSR commitment

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A recent study by recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark shows that the vast majority of employees think that their employers are not showing enough commitment to the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

A further 23% say that the CSR amounts to no more than a “box ticking” exercise.

Does this matter? Well, yes, particularly if you are hoping to attract bright young recruits to your company.

According to Badenoch & Clark, 55% of 24 to 35 year olds say that their prospective employer’s attitude to CSR would sway their decision about whether to work for them.

It seems that CSR is moving from being an optional extra to being essential if you want to employ the best that generation-Y has to offer.

New report from Reading University supports whole-life view of building automation

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Derek Clements-Croome, Shaomin Wu and Godfard John of the University of Reading School of Construction Management & Engineering have published a report entitled “High-Quality Building Services based of Whole-Life Value” (ISBN 0 7049 9886 6).

The report describes how whole-life value (WLV) can be used to evaluate building assets. It focuses on those assets which have the greatest impact on WLV, building services systems. Amongst others, it covers the following topics: The determination of whole-life value, Data management systems and The integration of building systems.

The importance of using the WLV approach is simply illustrated in the first chapter:

“Evidence from the Royal Academy of Engineering (Evan et al, 1998) and others (Wu et al, 2005a; Hugeses et al, 2004) defines the life-cost ratio as: X:Y:Z where X is the design and construction costs; Y is the maintenance and operating costs; and Z is the business operating costs.

This ratio can vary from 10:0.5:15 to 1:8:80 and 1:5:200 depending on the building.”

Clearly, design and construction costs are shown to be only a very small part of the total building cost over the whole life of the building. Effective room automation and building management systems will have a dramatic impact on the maintenance and operating costs of the building and will pay back many times over the building’s lifetime.

Copies of the report can be obtained from Gulay Ozkan at the University of Reading – telephone 0118 378 6254