Studying Response to Light in Offices: A Literature Review and Pilot Study

Jessica M. Collier, Andrea Wilkerson, Dorukalp Durmus, Eduardo Rodriguez-Feo Bermudez

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Researchers have been exploring the influence of light on health in office settings for over two decades; however, a greater understanding of physiological responses and technology advancements are shifting the way researchers study the influence of light in realistic environments. New technologies paired with Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMAs) administered via smartphones provide ways to collect information about individual light exposure and occupant response throughout the day. The study aims to document occupant response to tunable lighting in a real office environment, including potential beneficial or adverse health and well-being effects. Twenty-three office employees agreed to participate in a twelve-week study examining occupant response to two lighting conditions (static vs. dynamic). No significant differences were observed for any of the measures, highlighting the importance and complexity of in-situ studies conducted in realistic environments. While prior office studies have shown a significant influence on daytime sleepiness and sleep quality, research has not shown mood or stress to be significantly impacted by lighting conditions. Correlation analyses regarding lighting satisfaction, environmental satisfaction, and visual comfort demonstrate a significant relationship between certain items that may inform future studies. Further, the high correlation means it is reasonable to assume that many environmental factors in offices can influence occupant behavior and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number471
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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