Psychological building blocks for dynamic road lighting: Understanding light's role in feelings of safety at night

Y.A.W. Kort, de, A. Haans, L.M. Geerdinck, D.A.P. Gennip, van, M. Horst, J.H.M. Servaes

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Abstract

Road lighting serves a host of functions at night, yet puts a substantial burden on our total energy consumption. Without exception, technical solutions to reduce the use of energy (e.g., new light sources, interactive road lighting) impact user perceptions and acceptance in ways that are not yet understood. In an experimental field study, conducted in our interactive road lighting testbed, we investigated pedestrians’ preferences for various static road lighting scenarios, in particular as they relate to feelings of safety, and the psychological mechanisms behind them. The testbed enabled us to manipulate the light, keeping other factors constant, thus offering experimental rigor and control. Following a paired-comparison paradigm, fifty female participants rated three light distributions on two street segments according to perceived safety. They then assessed each light distribution for each street segment on psychological and perceptual attributes. Research is ongoing; results will be reported at the conference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Light Sources and the 3rd International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting, july 11-16, 2010, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
EditorsM. Haverlag, G.M.W. Kroesen, T. Tagushi
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherFAST LS ltd
Pages529-530
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event12th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Light Sources / 3rd International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting (LS-WLED 2010) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Jul 201016 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference12th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Light Sources / 3rd International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting (LS-WLED 2010)
Abbreviated titleLS-WLED 2010
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period11/07/1016/07/10

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Kort, de, Y. A. W., Haans, A., Geerdinck, L. M., Gennip, van, D. A. P., Horst, M., & Servaes, J. H. M. (2010). Psychological building blocks for dynamic road lighting: Understanding light's role in feelings of safety at night. In M. Haverlag, G. M. W. Kroesen, & T. Tagushi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Light Sources and the 3rd International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting, july 11-16, 2010, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (pp. 529-530). Sheffield: FAST LS ltd.