Lighting in Buildings—2nd Edition

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 501

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Department of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
Interests: human factors; illumination engineering; adaptive lighting; color science
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School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Interests: smart lighting; illumination design; human-centric lighting; indoor environment quality; spectrum optimization
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School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design, Lighting Design Laboratory, Hellenic Open University, 26335 Patra, Greece
Interests: daylight; exterior lighting; lighting control; lighting design; lighting measurements; photosensors; road and tunnel lighting; sustainable lighting
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lighting in the built environment has evolved since the rapid uptake of solid-state lighting (SSL) devices. Over the last few decades, energy efficiency has played an important role in lighting research, application, and standardization. However, improvements to the efficiency of individual luminaries have reached a plateau. Our growing understanding of the human visual and non-image forming effects of light has highlighted the importance of balancing occupants’ needs and energy efficiency. Sensors and advanced controls now enable intelligent building lighting systems to meet these competing goals.

Several relevant studies have already been published in the first volume of this Special Issue. You can find them at the following link: []. In light of recent progress, this Special Issue aims to provide insight into research on new approaches for building lighting systems and their implications for occupants. We invite original research (laboratory, field, and cross-sectional studies), theoretical and experimental studies, case studies, communications, and comprehensive review papers for possible publication. Relevant topics for this Special Issue include the following:

  • Adaptive intelligent lighting systems;
  • Human visual response to lighting;
  • Human non-image forming responses to lighting;
  • Modeling and evaluating energy efficiency and lighting application efficacy;
  • Daylight in buildings;
  • Lighting and color in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications;
  • Novel applications of SSL devices in buildings;
  • Policy, building standards, and recommendations.

Dr. Dorukalp Durmus
Dr. Wenye Hu
Dr. Lambros T. Doulos
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • illumination engineering
  • visual comfort
  • performance
  • complexity
  • clarity
  • energy efficiency and lighting application efficacy
  • lighting simulation
  • extended reality (XR)
  • solid-state lighting

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Light as a Form of Visual Language Supporting Daily Schedules in Educational Spaces: A Design Framework
by Stavroula Angelaki and Georgios A. Triantafyllidis
Buildings 2024, 14(5), 1385; - 12 May 2024
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This study explores how lighting can be employed as a visual language to enhance communication between the space and its users and develop a design framework for educational spaces. A primary school is used as a case study to apply the proposed design [...] Read more.
This study explores how lighting can be employed as a visual language to enhance communication between the space and its users and develop a design framework for educational spaces. A primary school is used as a case study to apply the proposed design framework. The study focuses on lighting interventions in existing educational spaces to support daily schedules and transitions between activities. In this context, electric light is used as an indicator, highlighting the daily schedule and activities in the space. A theoretical approach is used as a foundation for establishing the design framework that leads to lighting proposals based on the specific spatial characteristics of each study. The outcome is a design solution based on the dominant spatial elements that define the space’s identity and function. The study focuses on educational spaces and lighting for peripheral vision while considering pupils’ visual and spatial development. The proposal has the role of an additional light layer that signals transitions in terms of activities or spatial mobility. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lighting in Buildings—2nd Edition)
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