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A summary of LED lighting impacts on health

Ticleanu, C; Littlefair, P; (2015) A summary of LED lighting impacts on health. International Journal of Sustainable Lighting , 17 pp. 5-11. 10.26607/ijsl.v17i0.11. Green open access

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Abstract

Lighting can affect the health of people in buildings. This goes beyond the safety aspects of providing enough illumination to see by; lighting affects mood and human circadian rhythms, while poor lighting can cause glare, headaches, eyestrain, aches and pains associated with poor body posture or, in extreme cases, skin conditions and various types of sight loss. These aspects ought to be considered by designers and building owners and occupiers in order to improve the lit environment and use adequate lighting and lighting controls that meet the recommendations of codes and standards. Various types of lighting can have different impacts depending on their spectral, optical and electrical characteristics. This paper discusses potential impacts of LED lighting on human health, and is based on a recent BRE review of research investigating the most typical effects of lighting on human health.

Type: Article
Title: A summary of LED lighting impacts on health
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.26607/ijsl.v17i0.11
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.26607/ijsl.v17i0.11
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: light and health, LED glare, LED flicker, melatonin supression, LED skin exposure
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063256
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