Analysis of circadian stimulus allowed by daylighting in hospital rooms

I. Acosta, R. P. Leslie, M. G. Figueiro

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Light is the major synchronizer of circadian rhythms to the 24-hour solar day. Compared to the visual system, the circadian system requires more light to be activated and is more sensitive to short-wavelength light. Without access to daylight, or electric lighting providing a comparable amount, spectrum, distribution, duration, and timing, human health and well-being may be compromised. This may be particularly true for those confined indoors, such as patients in hospitals and residents in care facilities. Architectural and design features, including window size, surface reflectances, and furniture placement, impact circadian stimulus levels. This paper details results of simulations used to determine the percentage of days that patients would receive a minimum level of circadian stimulation as a function of different window-to-façade ratios, surface reflectances, and latitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalLighting Research and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


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