Adequacy of lighting in the home study areas of junior high school students in Greensboro, North Carolina

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Ann Staton Cuthbertson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jane H. Crow

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify areas in the home where students study and to evaluate the adequacy of lighting in those areas. Standards for adequacy of lighting and for factors relating to lamps, luminaires, and study place were a composite of recommendations of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Better Light Better Sight Bureau, and General Electric Company. Participants views on lighting adequacy and sources of information on lighting were recorded. Subjects were 50 boys and girls, aged 13 to 15 years, and one of their parents. Subjects were drawn from selected boy and girl scout troops in Greensboro, North Carolina by using a table of random numbers. Data were collected by means of interview and measurement and recorded on a schedule developed as a part of this study. Results were descriptively analyzed and reported. Standard error of the mean was used to analyze selected factor means. It was found that two-thirds of the parents and almost all of the students believed lighting was adequate in the home study area. Slightly over one-half of parents and students had seen no information on lighting; one-fourth had received information at school. The places for study, in order of decreasing incidence, were the bedroom, family room, kitchen, and dining room. Night was the time for study by 86 percent of the students. While the major source of general illumination was a ceiling luminaire, 12 percent had no source of general illumination.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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