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Andrea Wilkerson

Andrea Wilkerson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-7562


Andrea joined the Advanced Lighting Team at PNNL as a Lighting Engineer in 2013. Prior to joining PNNL Andrea participated in a variety of research at the University of Nebraska and Penn State University including: residential real-time energy monitoring, energy modeling, non-visual effects of optical radiation, and psychophysical response to spectra. Her dissertation, Reallocation of Narrow Bands of Spectral Energy: Effect on Brightness Perception and Color Preference, focused on the modification of the spectral power distribution of a source to enhance the perception of brightness and preference. Andrea is currently focused on the demonstration and evaluation of emerging lighting technologies, supporting the DOE solid-state lighting program.

Research Interests

  • Lighting Efficiency and Quality
  • Lighting Metrics
  • Human Factors
  • Lighting Education

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. and M.A.E. in Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska
  • Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering, Penn State University

PNNL Publications


  • Davis R.G., L.J. McCunn, A. Wilkerson, and S.F. Safranek. 2020. "Nurses' Satisfaction with Patient Room Lighting Conditions: A Study of Nurses in Four Hospitals with Differences in the Environment of Care." Health Environments Research and Design 13, no. 3:110-124. PNNL-SA-145366. doi:10.1177/1937586719890940
  • Safranek S.F., J.M. Collier, A. Wilkerson, and R.G. Davis. 2020. "Energy impact of human health and wellness lighting recommendations for office and classroom applications." Energy and Buildings 226. PNNL-SA-151604. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110365


  • Davis R.G., A. Wilkerson, and B.R. Kinzey. 2019. "Luminaire dirt depreciation (LDD): Field data from several exterior lighting projects." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 15, no. 1:55-63. PNNL-SA-130333. doi:10.1080/15502724.2018.1517598
  • Wilkerson A. 2019. "Opinion: The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Light and Health Conversation." Lighting Research and Technology 51, no. 7:982. PNNL-SA-143533. doi:10.1177/1477153519881576


  • Royer M.P., A. Wilkerson, and M. Wei. 2018. "Human Perceptions of Colour Rendition at Different Chromaticities." Lighting Research and Technology 50, no. 7:965-994. PNNL-SA-125201. doi:10.1177/1477153517725974
  • Wilkerson A. 2018. "Long-Term Performance in the Arizona Desert." LD+A Magazine 48, no. 4:30-34. PNNL-SA-132410.


  • Wilkerson A. 2016. "Going the Extra Mile." Lighting Design + Application. PNNL-SA-115071.


  • Wilkerson A., A. Donohue, and R.G. Davis. 2015. "Designing for the Active Classroom." Lighting Design plus Application (February 2015). PNNL-SA-107285.


Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas