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Document ID (ISN)106637
CIS number 07-692
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) van Bommel W.J.M.
Title Non-visual biological effect of lighting and the practical meaning for lighting for work
Bibliographic information July 2006, Vol.37, No.4, p.461-466. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract The effects of good lighting extend much further than generally believed. Recent medical and biological research has consistently shown that light entering the human eyes has, apart from a visual effect, also an important non-visual biological effect on the human body. As a consequence, good lighting has a positive influence on health, well-being, alertness, and even on sleep quality. Improved understanding of the effects of lighting requires new rules governing the design of good and healthy lighting installations. Thanks to the recent discovery of a novel photoreceptor in the eye, one can now begin to define these new rules that will allow the improved design of lighting installations.
Descriptors (primary) lighting; biological effects; artificial lighting; workplace design
Descriptors (secondary) illumination levels; work efficiency; state of health; retina; circadian rhythm; physiology of vision; vigilance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Lighting, colour and vision
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Lighting and colour