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Non-Visual Effects of Lighting: Status of Knowledge and a Path to a Recommended Practice

April 17, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Signify Research
1 Charles Park, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02141

Lighting isn’t just for vision! Light is the main synchronizer of our circadian rhythms to the local time on Earth. Lack of synchrony has been linked to a series of maladies. So light matters! Lighting for the circadian system, however, employs lighting design objectives that differ from those typically used in traditional architectural lighting design, and therefore, requires metrics that differ from those currently used by lighting designers. In the first presentation, an update of the science and the applications of practical design solutions to increase the potential for circadian light exposure in buildings and new field data investigating the health effects of light will be discussed. In the second presentation, an in-depth discussion on the effort undertaken by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to develop a recommended practice for daytime environments will be offered. The goal of this seminar is to provide attendees with the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with healthy lighting.

The Presenters

Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is Director of the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She conducts research on the effect of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She is the author of more than 70 scientific articles in her field of research and was invited to speak at TEDMED in 2014. She is an IES Fellow.

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D, is a Professor of Architecture and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rea served as Director of the LRC from its establishment in 1988 until 2017. Rea is well known for his research in circadian photobiology, mesopic vision, psychological responses to light, lighting engineering, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook.

This presentation is approved for 2 AIA LU/HSW educational credits.


$25.00 Member Ticket

$35.00 Non-Member Ticket

$15.00 Student Ticket