The importance of lighting
I have been doing some research on the effects of lighting and wellbeing, and as suspected these two things are intrinsically linked.
Happy tenants mean longer tenancy and fewer arguments, longer tenancy means fewer voids which can only mean a greater profit margin, this is a true win-win as not only does the landlord win but so does the tenant.
Research shows that poor lighting contributes to depression and other deficiencies in the body while an adequate amount of light improves mood and energy levels! The amount and type of lighting directly affect concentration, appetite, mood, and many other aspects of daily life.
It stands to reason that its possible to affect the overall mood and well being by simply selecting the correct lighting for your property when in the renovation stage.
It’s worth noting that it’s not just the volume of light that plays a role but the colour temperature of light also greatly affects the human body.
Warm lights will make the environment feel welcoming and relaxing, whilst cooler lights make the environment more stimulating i.e. they make us feel more alert, more focused, and can increase productivity levels.
If your accommodation has a workstation or area for home working, simply making sure the lighting in this areas is on the cooler end of the spectrum will allow your tenants to feel more productive, this is something they will never acknowledge or thank you for, but you can rest easy knowing that they are being well catered for.
So can lighting affect tenancy?
It’s not a proven science but I would rather tick this box on the off chance knowing that I’m doing all I can to have happy & healthy tenants! I will let you reach your own conclusion, chances are it’s not going to break the bank so perhaps ask whats the long term cost of not doing this…