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Volume 396, 2023The 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings (IAQVEC2023)
|Number of page(s)
|Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Human Health, Comfort and Productivity
|16 June 2023
Changing the direction of the luminaire: A strategy to improve lighting energy efficiency in offices
1 College of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2 Key Laboratory of Eco Planning & Green Building, Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Light environment’s non-visual effects influence people’s health and work efficiency. However, considering non-visual requirements in addition to traditional visual requirements may significantly increase lighting energy consumption. This study utilized simulation software to explore energy saving potential of changing the direction of the luminaire. A model of a single-person office with the luminaire attached to the ceiling right above the workstation was built in ECOTECT. Vertical eye-level illuminance and horizontal work-plane illuminance were calculated with luminaires of different luminous fluxes and elevation angles from downward vertical (0°-180° at an interval of 10° on both sides) using RADIANCE. Furthermore, six cases of different lighting requirements and light correlated color temperatures were considered. Based on the illuminance-versus-luminous flux coefficients obtained from simulation results, luminous fluxes were calculated to fulfill both visual and non-visual requirements under different elevation angles in all cases. It was found that compared to traditional lighting design with the luminaire facing vertically downwards, turning the luminaire at an elevation angle of 50° reduced the required luminous flux by up to 22.7%, which would benefit energy savings. Therefore, changing the direction of the luminaire has the potential to improve office lighting energy efficiency when considering both visual and non-visual requirements.
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