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Discomfort glare comparison for various led cap lamps.

Sammarco-J; Mayton-A; Lutz-T; Gallagher-S
IAS '10: Conference Record of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Forty-fifth IAS Annual Meeting, October 3-7, 2010, Houston, Texas. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010 Oct; :1-7
Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are investigating different lighting technologies with the objective of improving mine safety. This paper presents results from an ongoing study that compares discomfort glare for different LED cap lamps using the de Boer rating scale. The cap lamps tested included two commercially-available LED cap lamps and one NIOSH prototype LED cap lamp tested at three different illumination levels. Prior research indicated the NIOSH prototype enabled much better visual performance as compared to other LED cap lamps. It uses three LEDs that produce multiple illumination areas in comparison to commercially-available cap lamps that use one LED and project a narrow spot pattern. Across subjects and cap lamp test conditions, measured illuminances (averaged at both eyes) varied from 0.62 lux to 3.73 lux; whereas, the de Boer glare ratings varied from 4.86 to 7.71. An analysis of variance based on 15 subjects indicated a significant difference in discomfort glare due to cap lamps (F 4, 52 = 18.01, p <;0.001). Post hoc tests indicate that one of the commercially-available cap lamps exhibited lower discomfort scores, with no statistically significant differences detected between the others. Thus, the NIOSH prototype cap lamp does not cause.
Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Control-technology; Equipment-design; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Lighting; Lighting-systems; Light-properties; Light-source; Miners; Mine-workers; Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Visual-fields; Visual-perception; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
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IAS '10: Conference Record of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Forty-fifth IAS Annual Meeting, October 3-7, 2010, Houston, Texas