MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology

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Field Value
Creator Kunduraci, Arzu Cilasun
Subject Lighting Design
Aging Eyes
Lighting for Disabled
Accessible design
Design for Elderly
Description Lighting allows users to accomplish their tasks, feel safe and understand the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is an inseparable component of buildings. Building codes, energy standards and regulations determine the required illuminances to provide visual comfort. However, the existing requirements are constituted considering healthy eyes only. Different visual comfort requirements for people with visual disabilities, in particular for elderly people, are not clear. The world’s older population continues to grow remarkably. In fact, the illuminance requirements show great difference for elderly people. For instance, an average 60 years old eye requires three times more illuminance than an average 20 years old eye. Therefore, a lighting design that complies with the regulations may not satisfy elderly users’ needs.Elderly spend most of their time indoors thus indoor spaces should fulfill their needs. Indoor lighting design and visual comfort are vital to prevent accidents and falls. Though such technical information is critical, it has not sufficiently covered in literature from elderly users’ perspective. For that reason within this study, technical lighting design recommendations for residential areas from previous research have been offered to obtain visual comfort for elderly users. Different visual requirements of each space type are emphasized to promote accessible design for elderly. The research aims to contribute to literature and guide future research on elderly indoor comfort. Article DOI: work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.
Publisher Global Research & Development Services Publishing
Date 2017-12-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology; Vol 3 No 3 (2017): Regular Issue; 185-194
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Author(s)

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