UBC Undergraduate Research

The Effects of Lighting Colour and Intensity on Students’ Perceptions of Comfort Within Nap Pods Baycroft, Sabrina; Aulia, Alfiana; Jhand, Kiran; Nguyen, Kalvin; Nwakaeze, Chidiogo; Ray, Nikita


Nap pods within the university environment are becoming increasingly popular with the intention of providing students an opportunity for rest. However, in order to design optimal nap pods, it is important to analyze the many factors that contribute to the design process, including light, sound, temperature, and aroma. In this study, we chose to explore the effects of lighting colour and intensity on perceptions of comfort in nap pods, with the aim of finding which lighting colours and intensities students would associate with feelings of calmness and sleepiness, and which would be associated with feelings of alertness and wakefulness. This was done through the administration of a survey in which participants rated their feelings of calmness, sleepiness, alertness, and wakefulness after seeing an image of a nap pod in different lighting colour hues and intensity. We found that overall, cool colours with a blueish hue and dim and moderate intensities of brightness were preferred by participants. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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