Building Lighting (BL)

Main research interest (DSC/e related)

Major technology advances enable smart lighting solutions. LED technology links lighting technology to the digital world. Embedded sensors and actuators communicate with their environment. This leads to the challenge of analysing the data collected to optimize the lighting system’s performance.

Human Centric Lighting refers to lighting systems with some kind of intelligent behaviour aiming at enhancing the quality of the built environment for the users. Application domains include but are not limited to work environments, public outdoor spaces and private homes.

Smart lighting solutions must be based on a balanced optimum between Light & Energy, Light & Visual Environment and Light & Health. Our goal is to help develop applications that balance these three aspects in Human Centric Lighting.

Success stories

The group works closely within the Intelligent Lighting Institute and associated industrial partners. In 2016, dr. Bernt Meerbeek was awarded his PhD “cum laude”. In his thesis “Studies On User Control In Ambient Intelligent Systems” he investigated user control in the domains domestic robots and intelligent office buildings. His work contributed to a large number of patents.

Connected lighting system with integrated sensors left: Installation at “The Edge” in Amsterdam; right: lab setup at TU/e.

Project examples

  • CHEO Spark Impulse II - ILI Flagship project
    Creating Healthy Environments – Offices
    Enhancing environmental conditions for office occupants and their clients via energy-efficiency, user comfort and well-being, work pleasure, safety and improved staff effectiveness.
  • OptiLight STW
    Large scale application of automatic control algorithms based on quantified models on how humans perceive and experience lighting. Multidisciplinary ILI collaboration, project lead: prof. Linnartz.