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Lighting Design Lab

The Lighting Design Lab, with its centre on the Aalborg University campus in Copenhagen, has its mission to contribute to new and improved ways of how we design and perceive light in the better-built environments of tomorrow.

Research group

Lighting Design Lab

The Lighting Design Lab, with its centre on the Aalborg University campus in Copenhagen, has its mission to contribute to new and improved ways of how we design and perceive light in the better-built environments of tomorrow.

Research 

The Lighting Design Lab: Advancing Lighting Solutions through Research

The Lighting Design Lab combines research from architecture, engineering, and technology in a human-centric approach to lighting solutions that seek to improve our built environment with applied knowledge of lighting design. Researchers, private business partners, municipalities, and graduate students collaborate to solve relevant societal problems. In this transdisciplinary approach, the learning process of analyzing, making, implementing, and testing is created in real-life scenarios such as hospitals, schools, public spaces, and events.

Experiments through scale models, photo-realistic simulations, and 1:1 dynamic lighting design mock-ups on-site are developed to study how light can affect people in different environments.

The Scientific Experiments Address These Needs through the Following:

  • Architectural contextual analysis
  • Concept design and development
  • Prototyping
  • Information technology and programming
  • Autonomous controlled lighting and technical hardware solutions
  • Sensors including thermal camera tracking, EEG, smartphone applications and anthropological qualitative research methodologies

Research Focus

Current research activities include projects spanning from:

  1. Circadian rhythm lighting in nursing homes
  2. Public lighting installations for municipalities
  3. Smart city applications of sensor technologies
  4. Light pollution
  5. Combining daylight and dynamic artificial lighting to improve well-being
  6. Productivity and sustainability.

To achieve these aims, unified, scientific, research methods are being developed, combining architectural, engineering, anthropological and media technological elements in designing with light.

Education  

Study-related Activities 

The Lighting Design Lab is affiliated with the MSc programme in Lighting Design. All researchers teach and supervise the subjects of their research. Students team up with different research groups and projects in the 9th and 10th semesters.

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Collaboration  

Who Benefits from the Research  

The research is of interest to the lighting industry, lighting designers and consultants, municipalities and other owners of hospitals, schools, offices and public transportation.

External Partners 

Tridonic, Fagerhult, Zumtobel, iGuzzini, Chromaviso, Schréder, Holscher Design, Velux, City of Albertslund, City of Roskilde, City of Copenhagen, Sweco, HLA Architects, GXN, Rigshospitalet.

Our main focus

We aim to find new ways of designing with light, considering the needs of people and the planet, and implementing research findings into practical solutions.

Key Projects

Lighting Metropolis

Making Greater Copenhagen a metropolis of lighting research and development. Interreg project covering the Capital Region, Region Zealand and Region Skåne in Sweden.

Double Dynamic Lighting in Office Environments

Project focused on bringing the qualities of dynamic daylight into the office. With the industrial partners. Tridonic, Fagerhult, Zumtobel and iGuzzini.

Lightel

The implementation of circadian lighting in healthcare: Its effects on the work environment and wellbeing of staff.

Contact

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Contact person
Ellen Kathrine Hansen, Associate Professor
ekh@create.aau.dk
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