Lighting for health: time to light up your life?

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ConferenceIlluminating Engineering Society of North America, Montreal Section: 19 February 2008, Montreal, Québec
Physical description28 p.
SubjectLighting and health
AbstractGood lighting balances the needs of humans, economic and environmental issues, and architectural design. Good lighting provides for the needed level of visual performance, but also determines spatial appearance, provides for safety, and contributes to human health and well-being. Our daily exposure to light and darkness influences circadian cycles of hormone release, bodily functions, and activity. Among other applications, this new basic knowledge is leading to light treatments for sleep disorders and seasonal mood disorders, and to methods for alleviating problems related to shift work and jet lag. Some research suggests that increasing the total daily light exposure could improve well-being even for healthy people who are active by day. This lecture will summarize this research, explain its limitations, and identify the issues that practitioners should watch for in the coming years as this exciting new research augments our understanding.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAlso presented at the IESNA British Columbia Section in Vancouver, B.C., on May 7, 2008.
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number19453
NPARC number20378200
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