ack! its fucking bright in here. the uni is in the process of replacing old pcb containing ballasts with more energy efficient/non-pcb containing ones. in the process, they are also replacing all the fluorescent bulbs as well. as a result, it got significantly brighter than it already was. it's really unsettling and my eyes hurt after only a few minutes. after they were done, i turned off half of the lights and then removed half of the bulbs above my direct work area. its somewhat more tolerable, but still brighter than i'd like it. so, i did some research and found some lighting recommendations.
a normal office situation should be lit between 30 and 60 foot candles.
fc (foot candles) = total lumens / office area in square foot