Alison Hyland, Community Manager at 2Degrees Network guest blogs for us to introduce a new Lighting and Health report and infographic from BRE:
The impacts of the type, quality and pattern of lighting go far beyond the obvious safety issues according to several recent studies. Researchers from BRE, the Istanbul Technical University and the Eindhoven University of Technology have reviewed and summarised these studies in a report, Lighting and Health.
The report contains information on factors such as the effect of lighting, including day-light in buildings, on mood and health and thus will be of great interest to building occupiers, owners and designers. The report explains the scientific importance of measures such as maintaining bright light during the day and relative darkness at night in order to maintain the circadian cycle of the body. This cycle is responsible for patterns of alertness, coordination, blood pressure and cardiovascular efficiency.
For example, the researchers found that improving the circadian cycle by controlling light levels in this way can help people with dementia to sleep better as they are often awake more at night. This publication explains medical and psychological research in a clear and accessible way.
To view a sample, or purchase the report, click here.
Click to view the full infographic.
If you are considering upgrading your lighting, consider switching to high frequency fluorescent lighting or LED’s which are flicker free (fluorescent lighting with magnetic ballasts and some LED’s can flicker, triggering headaches or eye strain for some, or exacerbating the symptoms of autism or agoraphobia).
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