Human Factors in Lighting, Second Edition
CRC Press – 2003 – 602 pages
The availability of electric lighting has changed the lives of people the world over and lighting is a major consumer of energy, yet little has been written about the forms of lighting that can alter human visual capabilities and enhance productivity, ensure comfort and create appropriate lighting conditions. It is important to understand the forms of lighting available, and their appropriateness to specific activities, in order to apply the technology most effectively.
This book is a comprehensive review of the interaction of people and lighting and supercedes the author's classic Human Factors in Lighting. The technology has changed markedly in recent years with the introduction of new light sources and new methods of light distribution. The significance of specialist lighting applications, such as photobiology, are now becoming better understood. The nature of work itself has changed, and hence so have lighting requirements. Equally, the development of the technology has created new opportunities for improving peoples' work and leisure environments.
"This is a really excellent textbook and continues in a modern form the paths laid by M. Luckiesh, H.C. Weston, and R.G. Hopkinson. It expounds not only the science of the subject but also the relevance to lighting practice. The style is succinct and lucid throughout, but moreover, the author communicates with the reader in that he rounds off descriptions of experimental studies with a conclusion about the implications of the work, and a summary of the main arguments is provided at the end of every chapters. This is a very readable book as well as being a unique and comprehensive source of reference. It is a vital volume, which should be possessed by everyone in the lighting profession."
- Lighting Reseach & Technology, Vol. 36., no. 1, 2004
Contents. Preface. Light. The visual System. The Circadian System. Lighting and Work. Lighting and Visual Discomfort. Lighting and the Perception of Spaces and Objects. Lighting for Offices. Lighting fro Industry. Escape Lighting. Lighting for Driving. Lighting and Crime. Lighting for the Elderly. Light and Health. Codes and Consequences. The Way Ahead. References.