Individual controls: sustainable, smart lighting for people, organizations, and the environment

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ConferenceSSL Net Smart, Sustainable Lighting Workshop: 16 March 2012, Toronto, ON
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Subjectlighting, offices, individual control, sustainability, organizations, smart lighting Workshop; Office lighting
AbstractExciting advances in lighting technologies will deliver a better future if we apply them intelligently, remembering what we already know about delivering good lighting quality. Among the more persistent questions has been whether providing better lighting has benefits for organizations. Over fifteen years of laboratory and field research enables our research group to answer ?yes!? to this questions. We used laboratory methods to demonstrate that people prefer a mixture of direct and indirect lighting that lights the entire workspace and individual personal control over the local lighting. Working in conditions that one personally prefers leads to the judgement that the space is attractive, better mood, and less visual and physical discomfort. Field investigations have taken this farther, showing that satisfaction with the lit environment is predicts greater job satisfaction, greater organizational commitment, lower intent to turnover, and fewer health problems. Moreover, the (fluorescent) installation we studied used over 60% less energy than the system it replaced. These findings are notable because all of the workplace conditions studied are more than merely adequate. Done right, smart lighting can benefit individuals, their employers, and the environment.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number22144
NPARC number20374234
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