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Daylight and health: A review of the evidence and consequences for the built environment
Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7520-1593
Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Centre for Healthcare and Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
2015 (English)In: Lighting Research and Technology, ISSN 1477-1535, E-ISSN 1477-0938, Vol. 47, no 1, 16-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Daylight has been associated with multiple health advantages. Some of these claims are associations, hypotheses or beliefs. This review presents an overview of a scientific literature search on the proven effects of daylight exposure on human health. Studies were identified with a search strategy across two main databases. Additionally, a search was performed based on specific health effects. The results are diverse and either physiological or psychological. A rather limited statistically significant and well-documented scientific proof for the association between daylight and its potential health consequences was found. However, the search based on specific health terms made it possible to create a first subdivision of associations with daylight, leading to the first practical implementations for building design.

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2015. Vol. 47, no 1, 16-27 p.
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Daylight; Natural light; Literature review; Health
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Building Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31641DOI: 10.1177/1477153513509258ISI: 000348373600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84921453952OAI: diva2:957451
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-09-02 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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