• Groene Loper, Vertigo 6



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Build Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Major technology advances are enabling smart lighting solutions and LED technology is linking lighting technology to the digital world. This brings a wide range of new challenges.

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Developing truly smart lighting solutions based on an optimal balance

Organisational profile

Building Lighting (BL) is the lighting research group of the Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Research addresses daylight as well as artificial lighting, including both fundamental and applied research, and evolves around people as well as technology.  Human Centric Lighting, which refers to lighting systems with some kind of intelligent behavior aiming at enhancing the quality of the built environment for the users. Application domains include work environments, public outdoor spaces and private homes.

The optimal integral design of a building requires bridging gaps and exploring synergies between light and the other physical aspects related to buildings, as well as synergies between light and the non-physical aspects of buildings. This requires knowledge of all human related aspects of lighting as well as the physics of both daylight and artificial lighting. The group works closely within the Intelligent Lighting Institute and associated industrial partners.
Light is essential for human life and functioning. It influences people’s wellbeing in physiological, psychological and biological ways. As such, light is a key element in the design of our buildings and our built environment.
The research areas Building Lighting can be summarized as:

  • Light & Energy
  • Light & Environment
  • Light & Health

Our goal is to help develop applications that optimally balance these three aspects of Human Centric Lighting.
Research covers a wide variety of interrelated topics:

  • Visual and non-visual aspects of lighting in building design in general and on office workers and elderly people in particular
  • Energy usage and sustainability
  • Sustainable and energy efficient buildings in relation to visual and non-visual user demands
  • Identifying and analyzing the parameters that lead to the creation of an optimally lit environment, and on the implementation of these parameters in the built environment
  • Embedded sensors and actuators that communicate with their environment
  • Analyzing collected data to optimize lighting system performance
  • Implementation and exploitation of daylight as a design parameter
  • Analyzing which light parameters determine whether a building is well or poorly designed

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    Photo of Mariëlle P.J. Aarts
    Photo of Sila Akman Asik

    Sila Akman Asik, MSc

    Person: TOIO : PDEng-trainee

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    Wout J.M. van Bommel

    Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher



    Research Output

    Can Special Light Glasses Reduce Sleepiness and Improve Sleep of Nightshift Workers? A Placebo- Controlled Explorative Field Study

    Aarts, M. P. J., Hartmeyer, S. L., Morsink, K., Kort, H. S. M. & de Kort, Y. A. W., 29 May 2020, In : Clocks & Sleep. 2, 2, p. 225-245

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Daylight: What makes the difference?

    Knoop, M., Stefani, O., Bueno, B., Matusiak, B., Hobday, R., Wirz-Justice, A., Martiny, K., Kantermann, T., Aarts, M. P. J., Zemmouri, N., Appelt, S. & Norton, B., 1 May 2020, In : Lighting Research and Technology. 52, 3, p. 423-442 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Feasibility of ceiling-based luminance distribution measurements

    Kruisselbrink, T. W., Dangol, R. & van Loenen, E. J., Apr 2020, In : Building and Environment. 172, 13 p., 106699.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Bachelor lecturer of the year 2017

    Alexander L.P. Rosemann (Recipient), 7 Jun 2018

    Prize: OtherScientific

  • COINS grand challenge

    C. Bakker, de (Recipient), 8 Feb 2017

    Prize: OtherScientific

    Fulbright scholarship

    C. Bakker, de (Recipient), 22 May 2018

    Prize: OtherScholarshipsScientific


    IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (Journal)

    Thijs W. Kruisselbrink (Editorial board member)
    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Lighting Research and Technology (Journal)

    Thijs W. Kruisselbrink (Editorial board member)
    5 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Journal of Daylighting (Journal)

    Thijs W. Kruisselbrink (Editorial board member)
    28 Nov 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Student theses

    An explorative study on daylight, view and stress in an operating theatre

    Author: Weltevrede, A., 24 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Aarts, M. (Supervisor 1), van Loenen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Morsink, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Experimental and computational study on the visual and thermal performance of the Lumiduct façade system

    Author: van Oirschot, T., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Loonen, R. (Supervisor 2) & Varela Souto, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Glare quantification for indoor volleyball

    Author: Pakkert, M., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Rosemann, A. (Supervisor 1), van Duijnhoven, J. (Supervisor 2) & Donners, M. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master