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Sustainability 2014, 6(9), 5941-5954; doi:10.3390/su6095941

Analysis and Measurements of Artificial Optical Radiation (AOR) Emitted by Lighting Sources Found in Offices

LIghting and Acoustic laboratory (LIA), Department of Energy Engineering, Systems, Territory and Constructions (DESTeC), University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino, 56122 Pisa, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 1 July 2014 / Revised: 10 August 2014 / Accepted: 15 August 2014 / Published: 4 September 2014
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In this paper the authors describe in detail the exposure limit values concerning artificial optical radiation due to the main incoherent light sources found in offices. In particular, for some examples of significant sources chosen as case studies, we discuss the results of in situ measurements of the exposure values using a broadband photoradiometer. By comparing the measurement results with the exposure limit values specified in the European legislation, the maximum exposure times for workers have been evaluated. From the analysis of the results it can be concluded that the lighting sources typically present in indoor workplaces under usual conditions of use, do not pose a health risks for workers. However, in the case of accidental exposure during work activities or exposure linked to maintenance activities (short exposure distance), values in excess of the limit values have been observed, with decidedly short maximum exposure times. View Full-Text
Keywords: artificial optical radiation; incoherent sources; limit exposure values; lighting sources; indoor work places artificial optical radiation; incoherent sources; limit exposure values; lighting sources; indoor work places
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Leccese, F.; Salvadori, G.; Casini, M.; Bertozzi, M. Analysis and Measurements of Artificial Optical Radiation (AOR) Emitted by Lighting Sources Found in Offices. Sustainability 2014, 6, 5941-5954.

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