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Lighting the Electronic Office
     

Lighting the Electronic Office

by Gary Steffy
 

Health issues in the work environment are a priority in everyone’s mind. Many times, however, only the obvious issues are addressed—air quality, thermal comfort and the like. Poor lighting in the electronic workplace contributes to many health-related problems. Yet lighting is typically addressed as a decorative element or as an energy waste. Lighting

Overview

Health issues in the work environment are a priority in everyone’s mind. Many times, however, only the obvious issues are addressed—air quality, thermal comfort and the like. Poor lighting in the electronic workplace contributes to many health-related problems. Yet lighting is typically addressed as a decorative element or as an energy waste. Lighting can be attractive and efficient, but lighting needs to be based on user needs. Headaches, backaches, and neck cramps—often attributed to poor back support, video screen color, image clarity, or flicker rate—are typically the result of glare on the video display terminal (VDT), which can cause the observer to lean awkwardly in the chair. Not even the most expensive chair can correct this problem. The answer? Techniques for proper lighting that are thoroughly explained here. Lighting the Electronic Office offers efficient solutions and systematically examines all issues of this critical problem. Written by Gary Steffy, one of the industry’s top experts on the subject, this singular resource analyzes current legislative standards and voluntary guidelines, then develops a consensus and recommends means of implementation. You won’t have to dig for information either; a concise outline presents all the information in one place. Steffy thoroughly explains:

  • Transient adaptation
  • Visual fatigue
  • Distractions
  • Perceived light levels
  • Veiling reflections
You’ll also learn about the host of local, state, national, and international guidelines that have been developed over the past decade to improve electronic work settings, and how they differ. The author shows you how to create comfortable, productive, and healthy visual environments using specific design criteria and lighting techniques. Survey forms help you collect appropriate information and then interpret and use it. Performance guidelines are discussed along with the interpretation of lighting criteria. The author even includes detailed equipment recommendations that , when used properly, can meet the guideline criteria. How does it work? The author demonstrates his model lighting guideline with detailed case studies, each including:
  • Lighting criteria summaries
  • Lighting design ideas
  • As-built results
  • Equipment selection and specification
You can easily put theory into practice using the handy resource chapter where you’ll find a broad list of contact addresses for obtaining the cited guidelines, as well as a contact list for the cited lighting equipment. Whether you design, manage, administer, or work in an electronic office, this comprehensive resource will tell you what you need to know about video display terminal operation and lighting, and current practice and design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471285076
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/25/1995
Series:
Architecture Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author Gary R. Steffy, IES, FIALD, is the founder of Gary Steffy Lighting Design, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has provided lighting design consultation for Fortune 500 companies around the world. He is past president and Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers. Mr. Steffy has published widely and his firm’s work has appeared in numerous commercial publications.

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