If you’re fed up with squinting at your computer screen through the glare of the sun, you may need to ask your boss to take steps to improve office lighting. Sun glare in the office is not only irritating, it can also cause headaches, illness and concentration lapses, according to the United Kingdom’s “Hot at Work” website. Companies can choose from several solutions to help reduce the problem of office sun glare.
Install sun blinds to reduce office sun glare. Semi-transparent sun blinds admit natural light but block the full glare of the sun, helping office-based staff using computers. The disadvantage with sun blinds is that they often need manually adjusting, depending on the time of the day when the sun’s glare is brightest.
Coat office windows with anti-glare film. Solar control window film filters out more than 75 per cent of the sun’s glare, according to the Hot at Work website, making office life easier for staff working on personal computers. Solar control film can also reduce the direct heat of the sun, keeping temperatures down and saving money on air-conditioning costs. Specialist firms can install solar control window film without disrupting the work environment.
Fit office computer screens with anti-glare filters. This is one of the least expensive options for an employer. Anti-glare filter screens clip on to PCs, reducing the impact of sun glare and making it easier for workers to see the screen.
Consider relocating to modern offices. New office accommodation is built with employee comfort in mind and more environmental controls. Many new office blocks come with tinted windows to block sun glare. Architects include overhangs and other sun-blocking mechanisms into the design of buildings.
If you get headaches after long periods at a computer screen, get your eyes checked and ask your employer for a workstation safety assessment.
Tips and warnings
- If you get headaches after long periods at a computer screen, get your eyes checked and ask your employer for a workstation safety assessment.