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Evaluating the overall impression of concert lighting: An integrated approach

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jats:p Using experimental data from four electric lighting scenarios at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, we developed an integrated approach to evaluating the overall impression of concert lighting. First, we performed a group analysis based on the aggregated response from the audience, conductor and musician respondents, followed by an overall analysis accounting for all 624 responses. Ordered logistic regression analysis revealed the absence of statistically significant subjective–objective relationships for perceived visual balance, appropriateness, comfort and the overall impression. There were, however, significant results when the variables were correlated with subjective attributes. This suggests that the perceptual process was bi-level. To gain a more complete understanding of the perceived qualities, it is necessary for an approach to consider not only the intercorrelations between the subjective and objective measures, but also the intracorrelations among the subjective attributes. Further analysis of variance showed that increasing the overall lighting intensity was more likely to lead to a lower level of satisfaction. Nevertheless, providing peripheral and directional lights appeared to be the key to improving the overall impression. This paper confirms that combining detailed and generalised approaches to evaluate subjective responses can yield more meaningful interpretations, enabling relations with measures to be established with greater confidence. </jats:p>



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Lighting Research and Technology

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SAGE Publications


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This study was supported by the Cambridge Trust, Emmanuel College and the Cambridge Department of Architecture.