Office Occupants’ Mood and Preference of Task Ambient Lighting in the Tropics
Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
a Lim Gene-Harn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office lighting is vital for energy savings and occupant’s visual comfort being. Energy efficient lighting has been studied extensively in the aspect of daylighting harvesting and task ambient lighting, predominantly in Temperate developed countries. However, the lack of evident on the effectiveness of low ambient task lighting in the Tropics has prompted this paper to investigate the practicality of such lighting design for the Tropics. This paper explores into the office occupant’s mood and preferences of low ambient daylight and usage of task light for the office in the Tropics. It also discusses the recorded work plane illumination level upon the usage of such lighting system. It studies the impact of such lighting design on people’s preference, work plane illumination for three office spaces with the different luminous environment. In regards to the source of ambient lighting, two offices harvest daylight, and another uses the conventional overhead lights in accordance with MS1525 recommendations. Three of the offices have 15 samples respectively and the workspace horizontal illuminance level is measured across a month. The results of before and after the provision of task light reveal that the acceptance for low ambient task lighting system and it is widely preferred. However, the task light is not necessary utilized as some people are adapted to do computer work under low ambient lighting (~50-150lux). It shows that people’s preference for work plane illuminance varies greatly. Many agree that they are in control with their personal lighting environment when an appropriate glare-free task light is being used. The paper recommends that office luminous measurement shall take other lighting parameters such as the vertical illuminance and luminance ratio into consideration for future research.
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