Light is essential for human life and functioning. It influences the well-being of people in a physiological, psychological and biological way. As such, light is a key element in the design of our buildings and our built environment.
The Lighting group focuses on identifying and analyzing the parameters that lead to the creation of an optimally lit environment, and on the implementation of these parameters in the built environment. It requires knowledge of all human related aspects of lighting as well as the physics of both daylight and artificial lighting. The optimal integral design of a building requires bridging gaps and exploring synergies between light and the other physical aspects involved in buildings, as well as those between light and the non-physical aspects of buildings. The Lighting group is also intensively connected to energy use and sustainability, which are two of the major environmental challenges facing our society today.
The combination of research that addresses both daylight and artificial lighting, that includes fundamental as well as applied research, and that evolves around people as well as technology, is an essential and unique feature of this chair. The research interests address the visual and non-visual aspects of lighting in building design in general, and on office workers and elderly people in particular, the implementation and exploitation of daylight as a design parameter; and analyzing which light parameters determine whether a building is well or poorly designed and the sustainable and energy efficient buildings with respect to the visual and non-visual demands of users.
The research areas of the chair Building Lighting can be summerized to:
- Light & Energy
- Light & Environment
- Light & Health
The Building Lighting group is part of the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI)
Example of projects:
- 3TU Lighthouse: Energy-efficient Facade Lighting
- 3 TU Lighthouse: The LIGHTVAN
- Nature Inspired Healthy Light in the Built Environment
The chair is involved in the program of the Smart Cities Center