Guy R. Newsham

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The adoption of energy efficiency measures in building codes places constraints on lighting designers that they fear will reduce the quality of the lit environment. This experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that lighting quality, as understood by lighting designers, affects the task performance, mood, comfort, health, and aesthetic judgements of(More)
An experiment in a mock-up office space gave occupants control over dimmable lighting circuits after a day working under pseudo-random lighting conditions. Data analysis indicated that the lighting experienced during the day influenced the changes in lighting made at the end of the day. Occupants chose to reduce screen glare if any existed. Even after(More)
Lighting practitioners and laypeople alike believe that the quality of the luminous environment can influence task performance, comfort, and well-being. There is mounting concern that the quality of the lit environment will decline in parallel to lighting energy use as energy codes and standards come into effect; however, there is no consensus about what(More)
The belief that individual control leads to beneficial behavioural outcomes underlies many recommendations to install individual controls for workplace lighting, temperature, and ventilation in workplaces. The present experiment compared the work performance and satisfaction of 47 office workers who were given choices concerning workplace lighting (CS) with(More)
The energy use of an office building is likely to correlate with the number of occupants, and thus knowing occupancy levels should improve energy use forecasts. To gather data related to total building occupancy, wireless sensors were installed in a three-storey building in eastern Ontario, Canada comprising laboratories and 81 individual work spaces.(More)
Limited research comparing participant ratings of luminous environments to ratings of images of those environments indicates that images can be a reasonable surrogate for the real space, particularly on ratings related to aesthetics. However, the realism of such images when presented on computer screens is potentially limited by conventional display(More)
Lighting experts viewed a series of greyscale images of a typical open-plan partitioned office, and rated them for attractiveness. The image was projected onto a screen at realistic luminances and 54% of full size. The images in the series were geometrically identical, but the luminances of important surfaces were independently manipulated. Initially, the(More)
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This experiment was conducted in a mock-up office-space laboratory. One hundred and eighteen participants worked for a single day under one of four lighting designs. They had no control over the lighting until the latter half of the afternoon, when all participants were offered some form of individual dimming lighting control. During the working day(More)
Detailed simulations of lighting and HVAC energy consumption were performed on a prototype office building in six North American climates. The goal of these simulations was to calculate the overall energy savings attributable to reductions in lighting power density (LPD) from 25.8 W/m 2 (past practice) to 17.2 W/m 2 (current code) to 8.6 W/m 2 (low).(More)