A Critical examination of perceptual and cognitive effects attributed to full-spectrum fluorescent lighting

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/00140130010002008
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TypeArticle
Journal titleErgonomics
Volume44
IssueFebruary 3
Pages255279; # of pages: 25
SubjectFluorescent lighting
AbstractFull-spectrum fluorescent lighting has been credited with causing dramatic improvements in vision, perception, and cognitive performance, as compared to other fluorescent lamp types. These effects are hypothesised to occur because of similarity between FSFL emissions and daylight, which is said to have evolutionary superiority over other light sources. This review, covering the period 1945-1998, critically considers the evidence for these claims. In general, poor-quality research has resulted in an absence of simple deterministic effects that can be confidently attributed to fluorescent lamp type. Promising avenues for lighting-behaviour research include investigations of cognitive mediators of lighting-behaviour relationships, and flicker rates and colour rendering effects on visual processing, appearance judgements, and affect. Good lighting solutions are more complex than lamp type specification.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number42840
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NPARC number20331306
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