Lighting that benefits people and the environment

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Journal titleIAEEL Newsletter (International Association for Energy- Efficient Lighting)
Pages13; # of pages: 3
Subjectlighting, energy, lighting quality; Lighting and health
AbstractRecommendations for office lighting, such as IESNA RP-1 (American National Standard Practice for Office Lighting), or CIBSE LG7 (Lighting for Offices) are intended to help lighting designers provide adequate light on the desk surface to read documents, while screen glare on computers is reduced. Luminance ratio limits are intended to prevent excessive contrast between light and dark. The recommendations are, however, notorious for their weak link to published research, and the research literature itself is notorious for its poor quality. In most cases, recommendations are based on the opinions of experienced lighting designers and illuminating engineers, but there is no assurance that lighting designs meeting these recommendations will meet the needs of occupants, contributing to their satisfaction, task performance, comfort and health.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAlso published in Electrical Line, v. 5, no. 5, Sept/ Oct. 1999, p. 21-25.
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number42864
NPARC number20331343
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Record created2012-07-18
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