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Investigation of gender- and age-related preferences of men and women regarding lighting conditions for activation and relaxation
Author(s): S. Schweitzer; C. Schinagl; G. Djuras; M. Frühwirth; H. Hoschopf; F. Wagner; B. Schulz; W. Nemitz; V. Grote; S. Reidl; P. Pritz; M. Moser; F. P. Wenzl
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, LED lighting became an indispensable alternative to conventional lighting systems. Sophisticated solutions offer not only comfortable white light with a good color rendering. They also provide the possibility of changing illuminance and color temperature. Some systems even simulate daylight over the entire day, some including natural variations as due to clouds. Such systems are supposed to support the chronobiological needs of human and to have a positive effect on well-being, performance, sleep-quality and health. Lighting can also be used to support specific aims in a situation, like to improve productivity in activation or to support recreation in relaxation. Research regarding suitable light-settings for such situations and superordinate questions like their influence on well-being and health is still incomplete. We investigated the subjective preferences of men and women regarding light-settings for activation and relaxation. We supplied two rooms and four cubes with light sources that provide the possibility of tuning illuminance, color temperature and deviation from Plackian locus. More than 80 individuals – belonging to four groups differing in gender and age – were asked to imagine activating and recovering situations for which they should adjust suitable and pleasant lighting by tuning the above mentioned light properties. It was shown that there are clear differences in the lighting conditions preferred for these two situations. Also some combined gender- and age-specific differences became apparent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9954, Fifteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, 99540L (7 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237897
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S. Schweitzer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
C. Schinagl, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
G. Djuras, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
M. Frühwirth, Human Research Institute of Health Technology and Prevention Research GmbH (Austria)
H. Hoschopf, LUMITECH Production and Development GmbH (Austria)
F. Wagner, LUMITECH Production and Development GmbH (Austria)
B. Schulz, Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria)
W. Nemitz, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
V. Grote, Human Research Institute of Health Technology and Prevention Research GmbH (Austria)
S. Reidl, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
P. Pritz, Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria)
M. Moser, Human Research Institute of Health Technology and Prevention Research GmbH (Austria)
F. P. Wenzl, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9954:
Fifteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems
Matthew H. Kane; Nikolaus Dietz; Ian T. Ferguson, Editor(s)

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