Local lighting control in open-plan offices: the influence of office lay-out

C. de Bakker, M.P.J. Aarts, H.S.M. Kort, Alan Meier, A.L.P. Rosemann

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

162 Downloads (Pure)


Highly granular lighting control involves switching on and off luminaires based on individual occupancy. The resulting high frequency of lighting changes can distract the office workers and negatively impact their work performance. In a cubicle office, this might be less of an issue than in an office without partitions, as users do not have an overview over the space here. We tested this control strategy in both office types and compared the results to determine the influence of office lay-out on the amount and acceptability of distractions that it poses. Our results indicated the opposite: occupants in the cubicle office were more often distracted and rated the distractions as less acceptable than in the bullpen office. As the job function types varied and the bullpen was consequently more dynamic, it seems that the type of work environment is of larger influence on users’ satisfaction with local lighting control. However, more research is required to confirm this finding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationVolume X: Auditory and Vocal Ergonomics, Visual Ergonomics, Psychophysiology in Ergonomics, Ergonomics in Advanced Imaging
EditorsThomas Alexander, Sebastiano Bagnara, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino, Yushi Fujita
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96058-6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2018
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association - Florence, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in intelligent systems and computing. AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association
Abbreviated titleIEA 2018


  • Distraction
  • Energy efficiency
  • Occupancy-based lighting control
  • User satisfaction
  • Work performance


Dive into the research topics of 'Local lighting control in open-plan offices: the influence of office lay-out'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this