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Morning boost on individuals’ psychophysiological wellbeing indicators with supportive, dynamic lighting in windowless open-plan workplace in Malaysia
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6714-5712
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
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2018 (English)In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 11, article id e0207488Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

Workplace architectural lighting conditions that are biologically dim during the day are causing healthy individuals to experience light-induced health and performance-related problems. Dynamic lighting was reported beneficial in supporting individuals’ psychological behavior and physiological responses during work period in Europe. It has yet to be investigated in workplaces with minimal/no natural daylight contribution in tropical Malaysia. Hence, an exploratory experimental study was initiated in an experimental windowless open-plan workplace in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang. The aim was to identify dynamic lighting configurations that were more supportive of a morning boosting effect than the control constant lighting, to support dayshift individuals’ psychophysiological wellbeing indicators during the peak morning work period. The immediate impact of a 2-hour morning exposure to overhead white LED (6500 K) with different horizontal illuminance levels and oscillations (lighting patterns) were investigated on physiological indicator limited to urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin, and psychological indicators for alertness, mood, visual comfort, cognitive and visual task performance. Not all of the investigated dynamic lighting configurations were supportive of a morning boost. Only configurations 500increased to750 and 500increased to1000 lx therapeutically supported most of the indicators. Both these configurations suppressed urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin, and improved alertness, cognitive performance, positive affect, and visual comfort better than ‘visit 1: 500constant500’ lx (control). The increasing oscillation was observed more beneficial for the morning boost in tropical Malaysia, which is in reverse to that specified in the human rhythmic dynamic lighting protocol developed by researchers from the Netherlands for application during winter. The findings from this study present the feasibility of dynamic architectural lighting acting as an environmental therapeutic solution in supporting the individuals’ psychophysiological wellbeing indicators in windowless open-plan workplace in tropical Malaysia. Further investigations on the two prospective configurations are recommended to determine the better supportive one for the morning boosting effect in Malaysia.

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Public Library of Science , 2018. Vol. 13, no 11, article id e0207488
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6 hydroxymelatonin o sulfate, 6-sulfatoxymelatonin, melatonin, adult, age, alertness, Article, cognition, comfort, controlled study, human, humidity, illumination, Malaysia, mental health, mood, morning shift, oscillation, task performance, temperature, vision, wellbeing, workplace, affect, analogs and derivatives, circadian rhythm, clinical trial, female, male, physiology, urine, Humans, Lighting, Task Performance and Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-55928DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207488ISI: 000451763800032PubMedID: 30496193Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057498876OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-55928DiVA, id: diva2:1639794
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