SEMINAR: Local Lighting Control in Open-Plan Offices – Saving Energy While Maintaining Users’ Comfort
The aim of this PhD project is to save energy on lighting use in open-plan offices while maintaining the comfort of users. Currently, central lighting control is most often used in open-plan offices, but individual occupancy patterns in these offices vary largely. Significant energy savings can be gained when lighting is controlled at individual desk level instead. However, in contrast to the United States, European open-plan offices do not have partitions between desks, enabling office workers to overlook the whole office space. Consequently, their comfort might be affected when local lighting control is applied.
Results will be presented from energy saving simulations and user studies, performed in the lab and in the field. First insights will be shared regarding users’ preferences for (non-uniform) luminance distributions.
Christel de Bakker
Ph.D. Student, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Christel de Bakker publications and contact information
Christel de Bakker is a Ph.D. student with the Building Lighting group of prof. Alexander Rosemann at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. At this university, she received her bachelor degree in the Built Environment and graduated at Human Technology Interaction. In her master thesis, she combined her interests in buildings and its users as she investigated how an ambient lighting feedback device can resolve the loss of control that office employees experience with automatic shading systems (together with B.W. Meerbeek (Philips Research), prof. Y.A.W. de Kort and prof. E.J. van Loenen). She won a Fulbright scholarship and the COINS grand challenge prize, which allowed her to work at LBNL in Berkeley from August 2017 until February 2018.