Optimal Illumination for Shift Working - Literature Research

Project No. FF-FP 0285


completed 02/2009


This literature research investigates the consolidated findings and the missing knowledge about optimal illumination for shift working and night working.
The results were the basis for the development of illumination concepts and the design of a field study.
The outcomes will also be important for accident insurer and their recommendations.


The research was taken in international scientific journals of the last ten years. The information belonged to the following fields of knowledge: Effects of light on circadian clock and alertness, laboratory studies about illumination requirements for shift working and night working, field studies about light application for shift working and night working as well as the effects of illumination for shift working on human health.


The results of the literature research are summarized in IAG-Report 2/2009 and can be downloaded. The results show that first recommendations for illu-mination concepts can be derived. The correctness and applicability of these concepts is unverifiable and require further studies.

Last Update:

16 Mar 2010


Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • TU Ilmenau

-cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

Gestaltung von Arbeit und Technik, Arbeitsbedingte Gesundheitsgefahren


Arbeitsplatzgestaltung, Beleuchtung

Description, key words:

shift working, illumination

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