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Light Station available at Southwark Bridge tunnel, London, today for workers to get their light fix

  • 80% of UK office workers say lighting is important to them
  • But with sunrise at 08:01 and sunset at 15:52, office workers are set to get virtually no light today (18 December, 2018)
  • Two-in-five (40%) are stuck with uncomfortable lighting everyday

LONDON, 18 DECEMBER, 2018 - As employees grind through the darkest working week of the year, daylight-starved Londoners today have the chance to get a much-needed dose of light at a pop-up Light Station in Southwark Bridge tunnel.

Staples has introduced the Light Station to highlight that workers in the UK are getting virtually zero natural light this week. Today (18 December) sunrise is at 08:01 and sunset is 15:52. Workers are commuting to and from their offices in the dark, and the light in UK offices often leaves much to be desired.  

80% of UK office workers, said that having good lighting in their workspace is important to them, but with access to natural light being so limited in the winter, many are fed up, and two-in-five (40%) are having to deal with uncomfortable lighting every day. A third (32%) said better lighting would make them happier at work.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, from the Alliance Manchester Business School said, “The workplace is really important for the health, wellbeing and performance of employees, so having the right physical and psychological environment is critical. Most people are currently spending more of their daylight hours at work than at home, so lighting is clearly an important part of getting the balance right at work.”  

Staples believes its survey shows that employers can seriously improve staff productivity and benefiting mental wellbeing by adopting well thought out lighting solutions - something that is easier to implement than many might think.

The Lighting Station is in place from 7:30am to 4:30pm at Southwark Bridge tunnel. To find out more about how lighting effects office workers, download the Staples Solutions report here.


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