Lighting and health FB 74
Lighting and health (FB 74) was written by Cosmin Ticleanu, Stephanie King, Paul Littlefair and Gareth Howlett, BRE, Feride Şener Yilmaz, Istanbul Technical University, and Marielle Aarts and Jüliette van Duijnhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology. It was published by BRE on 7 August 2015.
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. Poor lighting can cause glare, headaches, eyestrain, skin conditions and various types of sight loss. It is important for designers, building owners and occupants to be aware of these issues.
A substantial amount of research has been carried out in this area, and this 64-page report reviews that research, asking easy-to-understand questions such as: Can LEDs keep you awake at night and damage your brain? Can special lighting help people with dementia? and so on.
The contents of the report are:
- Executive summary.
- Safe, healthy lighting for tasks.
- Circadian and seasonal rhythms.
- Optical hazards.
- Light exposure to skin.
- Indirect impacts.
- Special types of lighting.
- Further reading.
 Find out more.
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- BRE Expert Collection 6 Daylight and shading.
- BREEAM External lighting.
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting.
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution.
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting.
- BREEAM Wiki.
- Building Research Establishment.
- Daylight benefits in healthcare buildings.
- Health and wellbeing impacts of natural and artificial lighting.
- Lighting and health infographic.
- Use of lighting to improve health and wellbeing.
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