View size and office luminance effects on employee satisfaction

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ConferenceBalkan Light 2008: 07 October 2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Pages242252; # of pages: 11
Subjectluminance, view, cubicle, satisfaction, high dynamic range images, office; Lighting and health; Office lighting
AbstractIn this parametric study, the influence of office design variables on occupant satisfaction was examined, using high dynamic range (HDR) images as stimuli. The setting was an open plan office with cubicles defined by modular systems furniture. Photographs were taken of the view afforded to the occupant sitting in the second row in from the window. Accessible window area varied depending on combinations of panel height, panel material (opaque or semitransparent) and window blind condition. Twelve HDR images taken from the viewpoint of this occupant were displayed on a special HDR computer monitor at realistic luminance levels (average luminance range: 24-348 cd/m2; for the image with the lowest average luminance, range was 3-82 cd/m2; for the image with the highest average luminance, range was 5-2608 cd/m2). Thirty-six participants viewed each image for 30 seconds with the instruction to imagine it as their own workplace, and then rated their satisfaction with the image on eight scales. Satisfaction with amount of view, visual comfort, pleasantness and spaciousness increased with both image luminance and view size, although most of the curves were non-linear.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number50852
NPARC number20378145
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