Artificial lighting is a major factor contributing to the quality of indoor environments. However, it is also a serious contributor to electricity use and related environmental impacts. Apart from technical properties of lighting products and technologies, behavioral change of occupants could significantly reduce environmental impact caused by lighting use. Moreover, if occupants change their choices and uses of products and technologies, it could reduce the impact and support user friendliness simultaneously. Thus, lighting controls should be provided to achieve both energy efficiency and user friendliness.
The latest issue (No 21 2012) of the Environmental Psychology Monographs series Evaluation of Lighting Control Systems – A case of occupants’ experience and use of different control systems in office environments by Pimkamol Maleetipwan-Mattsson reports the research project Evaluation of the employees’ experience and use of different types of lighting control systems for efficient use of energy within an office building. The main purpose of the research was to learn about human reactions to different types of lighting controls in single-occupant offices. The reactions were referred to occupants’ experience and behavior in relation to the use of lighting controls. The findings indicated an optimal choice of lighting controls in single-occupant offices.
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