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The Irc1021i Copier Bridges the Office Gap

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The iRC102­1i was released by Canon in late October last year (2008). It has been designed specifically to provide small businesses and workgroups with the means to produce high quality co­­lour prints and copies without the expense of having to opt for a full size colour photocopier. With the current unstable economic climate­, many business are needing to find a way to have tighter controls over their print costs. However, it is still vital for most businesses to create professional documents. A powerful multifunctional colour device like the iRC1021i could help businesses keep a tight control over print costs whilst still being able to produce high impact colour prints.­

The iRC1021i has been­ made to help bridge the gap between desktop and colour printing, making it a favourable choice for offices that require features and colour printing that is more advanced than a desktop machine but do not have the need for a large A3 device. This device is also the first Canon photocopier of its size to include an embedded click counter, making it available for lease or rental contracts.

It is clear that at present many businesses are becoming cautious in their spending and trying to cut out any unnecessary costs. Choosing a device that is fully multifunctional can help manage printing costs as all necessary functions can be run from one device. Paper use can be more easily monitored and this can also prove to be more cost effective than running a printer, photocopier, fax machine or scanner all from separate devices. The iRC1021i has the ability to copy, scan, print and send, with an option to add a fax function. The send function is powered by i-send which allows documents to be scanned into the device and then sent electronically to an email address, fax, network folder­ or i-fax, helping to cut down on paper use.

The iRC1021i is also a favourable device for small offices wishing to reduce their power consumption. It has the lowest standby power consumption of any model in the colour photocopier range, just 1.2 watts stand-by power. This device also takes only 60 seconds to warm up from cold, something that cou­ld encourage people to switch the device off completely when not in use, helping to further save on energy costs. This new model, despite being so compact also contains the technology that has made the larger scale models so popular. Auto colour sensing can be found in the iRC1021i, which means that only the colour toner that is used is paid for.

It seems that the iRC1021i will be useful in reducing the gap between desktop and full colour printing to help small businesses and workgroups to find a way of producing professional A4 prints when they are needed from a space saving and affordable device.


Jennifer Chilton

Best Wide Format Inkjet Photo Printers for Print Shops

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

If you are a professional in the printing business, you may very well be looking for a high-qualify wide format inkjet photo printer. Although there are a number of choices on the market, you’ll find that a few possess features which are going to give them an advantage and which would be an excellent choice for your specific needs. Below are some details of those different printers.

HP Z3100

This Hewlett Packard model is one of the most popular printers. For one, the printer is fairly easy to use. It comes with a great deal of documentation to make problem solving a cinch. Additionally, the HP is extremely fast at handling print jobs. In fact, the HP’s speed is about double that of the Epson’s (see below). However, when it comes to color, the HP can provide some great color but there are some weaknesses in the palette. Orange colors aren’t quite as vibrant, for example, while the yellows look amazing.

Epson Stylus Pro 9800

While the Epson does have a good deal of documentation to help users get a feel for the equipment, it doesn’t come close to the amount found with the HP. As mentioned above, the Epson is also about half as fast as the HP model. When it comes to the color delivery though, Epson printer is about equal to that of HP’s. The difference is in which colors are the most vibrant. For instance, the Epson model seems to have much more realistic green colors.

Xerox 8264E

While Xerox is a more common name for copiers, the company does a great job of producing wide-format color printers that can deliver exceptional results. Not only does the Xerox model do its magic quickly but the equipment has been specifically designed to be eco-friendly and to minimize ink usage. That means you’ll actually save money while also helping to save the planet. You won’t find that type of benefit if you choose the HP or Epson printers.

Canon ImageProGraf IPF5100

Finally, you can’t discuss amazing graphic printing without mentioning at least one Canon product. In fact, Canon produces several wide-format printers for a variety of needs. One of the nicest part of the printer is that it uses a 12 color system which can provide a wide range of brilliant shades and hues in the printed documents. The printer comes with automatic recalibration to make sure you get the best results every time you do a print job. This Canon model also works well with some of the top photo-related software, such as PhotoShop, which could be extremely useful for print shops.

John C. Arkin

Home Business Systems You May Require

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Business people planning to set up a home business or home office have a huge variety of business systems to choose from today. Anyone starting out may be confused regarding which systems to purchase and whether they should purchase service insurance. We will cover the basics of what every business should consider that is focused on Internet related home based businesses.

Working efficiently from home is an important element of any business, especially if you are planning to conduct any internet related business. Business owners should surround themselves with high quality systems to ensure that they are efficient at what they do every day as well as having sufficient backup systems to avoid lost time due to equipment failure.

A high speed access line by cable modem or DSL is a priority, as is a router with a built in firewall and Ethernet hub. The firewall will provide you with some protection against other users from the internet hacking into your own computer and network. The Ethernet hub will allow you to connect several computers if needed to the same access line. Many business owners are opting for wireless routers and hubs to allow them to place their computers anywhere in the home without having to worry about adding wiring. Users are cautioned to set up their networks with the security option enabled. Otherwise your neighbors or even strangers near by can use your wireless network to connect to the internet.

A high speed computer with the latest hardware and software is also recommended. It is amazing just how fast technology is evolving. Six months after you have made your purchase and set up your system, it will be out of date. Note that it will function and deliver service to you for many years, however it will just not have the latest features etc. available.

Depending on your business you may need multiple telephone lines, a fax line and several printers. Today for a relatively low price, you can purchase all in one systems that include a printer, copier, fax machine and scanner. Most printers that are ink jet deliver excellent quality and print a sufficient number of pages per minute, however if you will be doing a great deal of printing, you may want to consider a laser printer.

One final comment about the systems you purchase. If you cannot tolerate down time, many business owners will always ensure that their data is backed up daily to avoid any significant lost of information. In addition they will also purchase a service package, which will guarantee repairs or replacement of their systems within a specified time frame. Finally many owners will also have a 2nd or 3rd system available so that they do not lose productivity if one were to fail.


Top 5 Ways to Find Product That Sell on Ebay

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

There is a variety of ways to make a substantial income on eBay. Here are the best ways to find product to sell on eBay.

#1 Sales and Clearance

Most people start here with sales items and clearance. There are a few great ways to find product on sale that will make you a profit on eBay. First you want to make sure that the product is marked down at least 50% to allow yourself a decent profit after eBay fees. People will generally purchase an item on eBay for 30% below manufacture’s suggested retail price.

Department stores are a great place to find product to sell. Quite often department stores will have days where there is an additional 30-40% off sale items which is the best time to buy up for eBay since quite often this product is still current too.

Another way to get a great deal is to talk to a manager about getting a discount on entire clearance rack in a clothing store such as Abercrombie. Quite often they will give you an additional 50% off the sale price if you will take the entire rack off their hands.

Occasionally you can find hot sellers at discount stores like Big Lots so keep your eyes open.

#2 Product Available In Your Area, But Not Everywhere

You may have stores in your area that people do not have in other parts of the country such as outlet stores. For example, a top seller on eBay is Coach Handbags. The only place you can get Coach Handbags at a price discounted enough to make a profit on eBay is from a Coach outlet.

Specialty chain stores are also great sellers such as Pottery Barn clearance items. Many parts of the country do not have access to a Pottery Barn except through the catalogue and the miss out on in store sales.

#3 Classified Ads in Your Area

The first time we tried this we found a brand new sealed-in-box laser copier for $200 and we saw that it was going for $400 at Office Depot so we knew we could bank on this item. We hurried over and picked up the copier. The guy selling the copier could sense our excitement and made a comment that he might be underselling the machine. We sold the copier for $380 on eBay. Nice profit for an hour of work!

#4 Wholesalers

Once you start growing your business on eBay it will come to a point where purchasing from wholesalers makes the most sense because you can set up a standard operating procedure for your business that will keep it organized as you grow. Finding 10-20 top sellers on eBay through a wholesaler could easily ensure a six figure income without having to run around town and constantly create new ads. Pick a niche that you are interested in and that sells on eBay, and then look for wholesalers in that category.

You will need to be set up as a business to start purchasing from wholesalers with a valid EIN and Resellers Certificate.

#5 Buying Products Directly From the Manufacturers

China is by far the largest resource for product directly from the manufacturer. It can seem overwhelming purchasing from China for the first time. A good place to start to find product and manufacturers are the following sites:

Just contact the company through email that you are interested in their product and they will guide you through the whole process. Usually there are large minimum order requirements, but most companies are willing to allow a few sample orders so you can test the market for the product before investing thousands of dollars. These companies will also guide you through shipping and customs. Be careful buying known brand names since many are fake. Ordering from China is best for product where people aren’t sold by the brand name but the function of the product.

Good Luck selling one eBay!

Ben Stevens

© Online Instant Profits

Ben Stevens

Digital Cameras That Kick it Up a Notch

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

In an age when printers often act as copier, fax machine, and scanner and cell phones are not content to simply communicate, it would seem passé for a digital camera to rest on its laurels simply capturing and editing great images. With the challenge laid down, the digital camera has stepped up in the form of cross functional multimedia cameras.

First and foremost the multimedia camera offers great, high resolution still photography capabilities. The Samsung Digimax i6 and i70 as well as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 are examples which offer 6-7 megapixel resolution. Complete with sought after features such as optical zoom and a 2.5″ – 3.0″ LCD screen these cameras don’t give up much to accommodate their added functionality.

In addition to shooting photos, a multimedia camera can record high quality MPEG-4 video complete with stereo sound in some instances. With the Digimax i6 providing optical zoom and automatic macro focus, the filming capabilities are impressive. The Cyber-Shot version also provides video-editing and DVD-writing software for users to get creative in producing memorable films. Certainly, the efficiency of having a combined camcorder and still camera device in one is evident but the cost savings in some instances could be significant as well.

In addition to capturing great video, the Digimax i6 can play videos transferred from computer with TV quality images. Further encroaching on the domain of MP3 players, multimedia cameras live up to their name by offering MP3 download and play functions rounding out the entertainment experience.

The evolution of photography for the average home shutterbug has been vastly changed by the digital camera in the last decade, adding greater control over image quality and composition. With the introduction of the multimedia camera, it is clear the influence of digital cameras will continue well into the future.

Christine Peppler

Getting to Know Your Digital Printing Choices

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


Take heart, this article isn’t going to try to sell you anything. Its goal is just to help you become better informed about your choices when it comes to digital printing.  One thing everyone agrees on is that digital printing is ideal for short-run garment decoration (although I do know of companies that use it to print jobs that run in the hundreds) and has opened up new markets and new profit opportunities for a lot of companies.


First of all, let’s define the technologies available today that are considered digital. In no particular order they are: Sublimation, direct to garment or ink-jet to garment, ink-jet transfers, CLC (color laser copier transfers), and print/cut. All of them have their advantages and their limitations. 
With sublimation, everyone knows that it won’t work on dark garments and that it is primarily designed for use on polyester or polyester-blend garments. Application on cotton is possible with some pre-treating. There has been progress made in the development of sublimation systems that permit more flexibility, but the technology has a reputation as being difficult to perfect. It remains an excellent method for customizing hard goods such as mugs, mouse pads, coasters and more. 


There has also been a lot of excitement over direct to garment printing and many people have invested in this ink-jet based system that prints directly on textiles. Some limitations of direct to garment technology include its cost, not all print successfully or easily on dark garments (so do your homework), the need for pre-treating on dark garments and sometimes on light colors to make them brighter, the lack of opacity and brightness, the length of time needed to complete a garment—especially dark garments, and the skill level needed to run the equipment. Some direct to garment printers are designed to print on tile, wood, golf balls and mouse pads, but not all of them.  Direct to garment printers achieve best results on cotton but can be used on silks, blends and some other fabrics but can’t really be used on polyester without a pretreatment. However, all that being said, it is still one of the most popular digital printing methods on the market today. 


Ink jet and CLC transfers are known as the most inexpensive, entry-level, anyone-can-do-it technology in the digital garment decoration arena. There are dozens of different papers available that can take artwork from your computer desktop to a t-shirt in minutes. Again, you are limited by the substrates to which the papers will apply, and it is still difficult to find a paper that does a fantastic job of printing on darks. There is also the issue of ghosting, unless one uses precise hand-cutting to trim the excess paper or uses paper in combination with a cutter that does it automatically. 


By taking that type of thinking to the next level, a list of digital garment decorating methods to consider would not be complete without print/cut technology.  While virtually unknown as a technology to the average personalization specialist, this technology has had years of proven performance in the garment manufacturing sector—you’ve probably encountered print/cut applications on brand name performance wear, shoes, nylon bags and more without even realizing it.  Print/cut technology is probably the best-rounded of all the digital technologies available today. It gives you all the advantages of the previously mentioned digital methods, with virtually none of the disadvantages. 


One of the biggest reasons for the excitement over print/cut technology is its versatility—not only can you print on a wide variety of garments with print/cut, you can also use it to print everything from helmet stickers and window clings to vehicle wraps and banners. Print/cut technology incorporates technology originally designed for use in the sign industry, a wide-format, eco-solvent printer that instantly prints and then automatically contour cuts full-color, photorealistic logos, designs and names in any quantity “on demand.” These images are printed on specially developed digital media that can be heat applied to any fabric, of any color. 


With a print/cut system, there is virtually no limit to the jobs you will be able to do.  In the textile world – literally anything that can be fit under a heat press can be decorated, from caps and nylon bags to performance wear and swimsuits. It even works on leather. There is no need to pre-treat the garment, there are no limitations as to the type of textile that can be printed and there are even specialty media available, such as puff and metallic that allow you to create full-color fashion effects that are not possible with any other digital printing method. The recent development and availability of new digital media is what is propelling this previously unknown garment decoration method into the spotlight.  
Better yet, the technology has been tested for many years in the sign industry as being durable and easy to operate. It’s just a matter of using the correct digital media for the job on hand. Its greatest limitation would be the cost of the equipment, but with more and more business owners ready to invest in something that can be used as an alternative to screen printing and embroidery, print/cut is becoming a popular choice, especially thanks to the introduction of more media designed specifically for use with the print/cut system. 


It’s probably only a matter of time before you invest in some type of digital garment decoration technology, if you haven’t already. Whether you’re a screen printer, embroiderer or plan to specialize solely in digital printing, there’s a method available that meets your needs. And if you still unsure about making a large investment, go on-line and join in an industry user -forum chat. Benefit from the experience of current users of the technology you are most interested in and weigh all the facts. I’m not promising you still won’t feel confused, but at least you won’t feel alone!  


Martin Borley

The Convenience Of An All In One Printer

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Most people don’t like to have a boss, but not everyone can work on their own. But working from home can be fairly expensive. Anyone who has worked from home can attest to the high cost of home office equipment. Standard office equipment includes a fax machine to send and receive documents quickly, a copier for making multiple copies of paperwork, a scanner for uploading information, and a printer for a variety of paperwork-related tasks. Adding them all up can hit you hard in the wallet and clog up your workspace. Luckily for anyone with a home office, there is a simple solution: an all-in-one printer.

The greatest advantage of the all-in-one printer is that it integrates three sizable machines into one conveniently-sized device. The all-in-one printer can fit easily on the surface of a desk or shelf, freeing up surface space for other things. Installing the printer’s software is simple to do, with easy step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. Finding an all-in-one printer is as effortless as a quick trip to an electronics store like Best Buy, Circuit City, or Radio Shack.

Alternatively, you can shop online to find an all-in-one printer that’s right for you. With so many currently available on the market, the competition between brands has made the prices fall greatly. Some reliable online stores include, and Each of these online businesses can offer product warranties that will protect your all-in-one printer from an early demise.

All-in-one printers usually sell for one hundred dollars or less, so the cost of the machine makes it a very practical investment for any home office. The added work space that the all-in-one printer allows you makes the purchase even more practical, because it helps you maximize your office’s usable space. The additional convenience of having three devices in one is yet another clear advantage of buying an all-in-one printer.

Some all-in-one printers come with bundled software that allows the printer to serve as a fax machine in addition to its printing, scanning and copying duties. Buying an all-in-one printer with faxing capabilities will cost a little more, but the added convenience of being able to send and receive documents from home can make the additional expense well worth it.

You can benefit from investing in an all-in-one printer, even if you don’t work from home running your own business. These all-in-one printers are perfect for anyone wanting to scan and save family photographs, make copies of personal documents, or print letters and greeting cards. All-in-one printers are inexpensive too, especially when comparing it to the combined prices of all the separate devices. Adding up the ease and convenience of owning one device that performs a variety of tasks makes obtaining one a practical and fine investment.

Joe Goertz

CD Label Printing Matching Current Requirements

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

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10 Ways to Stay Profitable in a Down Market

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

If you haven’t been stuck on a deserted island for the past year or so, you have heard the talk of the real estate bubble losing quite a bit of air. The downturn to this market has drastically affected real estate companies in their never ending quest to stay profitable. In the spirit of the all mighty dollar, here are 10 quick tips for broker/owners to help maintain their bottom line.

Tip 10: Keep Your Producers, Lose Your Losers

Hold your agents accountable for their production. Keep the good ones, lose the ones that are just wasting their time and your money. What you don’t need is a bunch of dead weight slowing down the rest of your agents. All it takes is a few low producing agents looking for reasons why they aren’t converting, to jump to the conclusion that it is the company to blame. We call these agents “Jumping-Jacks”, these are agents who have hung their license with every firm within 30 miles hoping to find the right match, not realizing that the firm isn’t the reason they are not making money.

Tip 9: A Million Dollar Look Doesn’t Cost a Million Dollars

Too many brokerages let their next-door neighbors son design their company logo and branding. The first foot you put forward to the public is your brand. Website, business card, street sign, fliers, letter head, if you look unprofessional more then likely they will think you are too. There are hundreds of “drive-through” Internet based design firms that can make your agency look like a million dollars for a few hundred bucks. I can guarantee this is the best spent 500 dollars you will ever put into your business.

Good Branding

Houlihan Lawrence

Home One Realty

Falcon Living

Poor Branding (sorry)

Montana Real Estate Brokers

Carolinas Metro Realty


Recommended Design Firms

Logo Works

Logo Bee

Logo Maker

Tip 8: Cut Traditional Advertising

If you are still spending over $1000 a month on print, please for the love of god, stop. Don’t get me wrong, print/tv/radio is great at building your brand….slowly. However, you will not see a direct return on investment from traditional advertising. There is no way to say a radio ad that cost $5000 dollars brought in 300 leads and 5 sales, it is just too hard to quantify. If you spent $5000 on Google Adwords to drive traffic to a well designed website with a good CRM (customer relationship manager), you will be able to tell you exactly how many sales resulted from your advertising spend. Broker Wendy Richards of Denver, CO recommends a lead generation system called Realty Generator. They receive a consistant 500 leads a month by spending $3000 on their Internet marketing suite. That results in a lead aqusition cost of just $6 per lead. If you sell 2% of those leads with an average commission of $4,000, that is over $40,000 of quantifiably profit each month.

Tip 7: Office? What Office?

If you are planning to get an office or upgrade to a bigger one. Stop and think. Overhead is one of the biggest killers of a start up business. Unless it is completely necessary, there is really no need for an office in this day in age. There are many places you can meet your clients. Panera Bread is one of my favorites, talking shop over a nice ciabatta and latte is much nicer then chatting beneath the hum of a florescent light.

Tip 6: Get More Out of What you Already Have

If you have a website, you probably aren’t using it to the fullest. If you have a multi-function copier you probably don’t know everything it can do. There are tons of examples of things most brokerages already have that much more profit can squeezed out without any more expenditure. Look at all your assets and try and take advantage of everything they offer. Don’t go out and buy new things hoping that it will be the magic profitability elixir. The truth is Realtors as a whole are notorious for being consumers and most Realtors spend more on making money then they ever actually make. Lean is mean, only spend it if you can see a direct and obvious return on investment.

Tip 5: Keep the Leads Flowing

If you are looking to cut costs, do not cut the lifeblood of any successful brokerages…leads. If anything, refocus money spent elsewhere on brining in more buyer leads. Without customers you might as well close up shop.

Tip 4: Build Solid Relationships

The mortgage broker next door or the title company that stops by each week to chat can be some the best partners in helping grow your business. You can legally join in marketing agreements that are 100% RESPA compliant to help offset some of your advertising budget. Also think of your agents as a partnership. If you pooled all the agents and collectively bought your advertising you can take advantage of the lower prices you get when buying in bulk.

Tip 3: Previous Customers are Loyal Customers

When the market slows down one of the best places to look is to the people who have helped you get where you are today. Drop thank you letters to all your past clients, send them home valuations, or just let them know your there to help. Things happen, people have to move, and it would be a shame to lose that deal cause you were “out of sight, out of mind”.

Tip 2: Take Advantage of Free Advertising

There are TONS of free advertising venues on the Internet. If you have a few extra minutes, you can really generate some serious leads with only a little finger power and a point in the right direction. An agent friend of mine in Hawaii receives over 150 leads a month just from posting on Craigslist.

Here are the most popular sites you can put your listings on and get tons of free traffic to your website:,,,,

Tip 1: Don’t Lose Your Listings

In a slower market, a buyers market, many home sellers get quite impatient when their home doesn’t sell within the first few months of listing. You need to make sure you are doing everything you can so the only excuse for the home not selling is the market itself. Homeowners will try and blame anything and everything on you, not on the actual merit of their home. So cover your bases, make sure you market their property everywhere you can and you list it for a reasonable price. In general, don’t take pocket listings, don’t overprice the property, and most importantly set expectation so they know what to expect.

We hope this helps, and remember if there wasn’t bad times, the good times wouldn’t seem so good.

Justin Tracy

Marketing Director

RET Certified

Justin Tracy

Advantages Of A Great Home Office Setup

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

As corporate retrenchment continues rapidly and the Internet makes telecommuting ever more productive and more entrepreneurs are discovering the benefits of running businesses out of their homes. If someone is looking to get out of the rat race and spend more time with family and friends and live a more balanced life then a home-based business may be just right choice.

Personal freedom:
If someone does not want to stay much hours traffic to and from work every day, the most exciting part of starting a home-based business. Suddenly, one has extra hours in the day to regain control of the personal life.

There are no bosses, no dress code, no set work schedule and no office politics to trick. All one need is personal drive, discipline and time-management skills. It is a simple principle like the harder one works, the more money one can make. The earning potential is directly proportional to the performance, so just work harder and produce more.

One can also save money by not commuting and preparing lunch at home. With so many corporations and industries in a slump, starting own home-based enterprise means one can create own income-producing opportunities. Good job prospects are scarce and promotional opportunities within major companies are also decreasing.

Less risk:
Running a business from home takes less startup cash than a freestanding business, or even a franchise location. Once the business is up and running, it is cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location.

There are a number of tax advantages to having home and office under one roof. One can deduct a part of home’s operating and depreciation expenses on the insurance, utilities and expenses for household maintenance. This is especially important for parents of school-age kids. One can see the kids off to school and on most days be home when they arrive later in the day.

It is a little less stressful to juggle the demands of work and family when one can stay home to care for a sick child and generally set own schedule. Being own boss gives the chance to wear a lot of hats like sales director, marketing professional, strategist, business development manager and many more.

Launching home-based can be an opportunity to give birth to passions and hobbies and create a money-generating outlet for the unique and creative talents.

Basics for planning a home office:
Setting up a small home office is not just a matter of lugging office equipment into a room and plugging it in. Home office space is first and foremost a working space. The most important element of home office design is the infrastructure.

Commercial office facilities were originally designed to be office spaces. They have sufficient power, lighting and ventilation for office workspaces built into their design. This will maybe not be the case with house to use as a home office. It is advice able to locate home office in the site that has the best power, lighting and ventilation for office use.

Basic things for office:
Setting up a home office means that increase in power use that location. Even a small laser printer will consume 300 to 400 watts of electricity. Now think of the other office equipment to install in home office.

Get at first a PC, a monitor, a laser printer, a fax machine, a scanner and a phone. Step one of home office design is assessing power needs. Add up the wattage of office equipment. One must cut down on power needs by combining some of the office equipment needs.

Instead of having a separate printer, fax, copier and scanner, one multifunction machine that performed all these functions is better. Before even passing thought to the aesthetics of home office design, plug in all equipment and try to use it, as a normal working day.

If one experiences electrical danger signs, such as breakers popping or lights dimming when various pieces of equipment are operating, have an electrician check circuitry and see if any simple rewiring can be completed.

Better lighting for home office:
When choosing the lighting for home office, assess the needs first by sitting in proposed workspace and determining how much lighting one need to work efficiently and where the light should be placed.

An office with insufficient lighting is not only useless but can lead to all kinds of health problems from headaches through neck and shoulder pain. Many people overlook the importance of ventilation in office design, but equipment needs it. The more office equipment operating, the more heat will be generated and excessive heat can damage office equipment such as PCs.

Allan Wilson