What we know about windows and well-being and what we need to know

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Proceedings titleProceedings of the CIE Centenary Conference “Towards a New Century of Light”
ConferenceCommission Internationale de l'Eclairage Centenary Conference -Towards a new century of light, April 12-19, 2013, Paris, France
Pages169177; # of pages: 9
SubjectWindows, daylight, view, health, well-being, intrinsically photoreceptive retinal ganglion cell, visual performance, spatial appearance, comfort
AbstractOur common experience is that windows are desirable; in recent years science has begun to explain why. The last reviews of this literature were published a decade ago; therefore, we felt the time to be right for a comprehensive review and for the development of a research agenda to move activity forward in directions that would have practical applications. The review identified three broad processes through which residential windows and skylights can affect people in their homes, for good and ill: visual processes, acting primarily through light detected at the retina by rods and cones; non-visual ocular processes, acting primarily through light detected at the retina by intrinsically photoreceptive retinal ganglion cells; and processes occurring in the skin. This qualitative review revealed that there is no shortage of research questions facing photobiologists, psychologists, architects, lighting designers and others in the broad lighting community.
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PublisherCIE: Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage
AffiliationConstruction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number55379
NPARC number21268237
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Record created2013-06-07
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