Creating high-quality workplaces using lighting

  1. (PDF, 255 KB)
AuthorSearch for:
TypeBook Chapter
Book titleCreating the Productive Workplace
Pages207223; # of pages: 17
SubjectOffice lighting
AbstractMany people have read about the Hawthorne experiments on illumination (Roethlisberger and Dickson, 1939; Snow, 1927). The investigators set out to understand the effects of lighting on the performance of workers assembling electrical products. They pre-selected a set of employees to participate in the tests and moved their work area to a specially prepared space, where they worked under a variety of lighting conditions. The results surprised everyone: regardless of the direction of the lighting change (even when lighting levels dropped), the work output of the employees increased. Even when the investigators gave the appearance of having changed the lighting, but had in fact simply taken out and replaced the same lamps, performance increased.
Publication date
PublisherLondon, UK : E&FN Spon
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number41952
NPARC number20331644
Export citationExport as RIS
Report a correctionReport a correction
Record identifierfa85accb-2cf3-49db-9163-c8e95d372f69
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
Bookmark and share
  • Share this page with Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Google+ (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Delicious (Opens in a new window)