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Light + Vision—Avoiding Glare
Good lighting should address both the visual and efficiency needs of a space. Glare can be tricky to tackle from a design perspective since it's dependent on several factors including light source, surrounding conditions, and the time of day. It's important to address, however, since it can reduce occupant comfort, visibility and performance. There are several methods for reducing glare--the most common is to simply restrict the angles at which a light source can emit light. Because people's sensitivity to light varies, it is also important to provide a means for occupants to reduce glare on their own (dimmers or adjustable fixtures). Additionally, techniques such as carefully placed windows, shading devices and low-transmittance glass help to block direct light and reduce glare.

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ALG Online was created with the help of 23 authors, leading experts in their field, including education, research, engineering, manufacturing, and design.

Dr. Peter Boyce is co-author of ALG Online's Light and Vision chapter and a recognized authority on the interaction between people and lighting. Adequate lighting meets the needs of clients and users, says Boyce. But it takes experience, skill and taste to add the inspiration that "raises adequate lighting to the level of lighting which lifts the spirit," he said. For 24 years, Dr. Boyce worked as Research Officer at the Electricity Council Research Centre in England. There, he conducted research on topics such as visual fatigue, the influence of age on visual performance, hue discrimination, safe lighting for emergency conditions and security lighting. Beginning in 1990, he became Head of Human Factors at the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, and conducted research on visual performance, visual comfort, circadian effects and emergency lighting. Dr. Boyce co-authored the ALG Online chapter with Owen Howlett of Heschong Mahone Group.

Retail—Specialty Markets
ALG Online's Application Directory offers comprehensive lighting designs and control recommendations for various types of office and retail environments. Additional applications will be available in the future, such as healthcare, warehousing, schools and exterior lighting.

The primary goal for retail and specialty market stores is to highlight their products while providing appropriate ambient lighting that lends a pleasant backdrop to the shopping experience. In order to meet various code and lighting power density requirements, designers must consider general lighting, display lighting, decorative lighting allowances, and other lighting needs (storage, dressing rooms, etc.) all while taking energy efficiency into account.

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