An analysis of lighting energy savings and switching frequency for a daylit corridor under various indoor design illuminance levels

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-378
Journal / PublicationApplied Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


Visual comfort and electric lighting energy issues are essential criteria to justify daylighting schemes. The evaluation of energy efficiency due to daylight linked lighting control systems is best demonstrated by case studies. This paper presents field measurements on daylighting for a fully air-conditioned daylit corridor. Artificial lighting load, brightness of the fluorescent luminaires, daylight availability for various switching illuminance levels were systematically recorded and analyzed. The general features and characteristics of the findings including the number of switching operations and electric-lighting energy savings are presented and discussed. Daylighting theories, using cumulative frequency distribution of outdoor illuminance and regression models based on brightness of light output, outdoor illuminance and electric light power to estimate daylight-linked lighting control savings, have been developed and assessed. It has been found that data from both approaches show reasonably good agreements with measured results. The findings from this study provide some operational and energy information, which would be useful and applicable to other interior spaces with similar architectural designs. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.