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Home Sweet Home. Connecting the dots for healthy evening residential illumination

Abstract

During the twentieth century, lighting designers would commonly use incandescent light sources for residential homes as they provided a visual comfort, with high quality colour rendering properties, along with relaxing ambient atmosphere. Unfortunately, it’s now difficult to buy incandescent light sources because they have been banned in many countries (https://bit.ly/2GwN2Wv). This article addresses some of the challenges in regards to health, brought about by the changeover to new LEDs and other related technologies, and tries to offer some context on how to keep up with these rapid transformations. While we know it’s necessary to limit blue-rich light at night (as it prevents melatonin production and impaires nocturnal sleep), and that it’s important to maximise exposure to the blue wavelength of light in the morning (to trigger circadian timing, increase alertness), there are other issues that are misunderstood and often ignored. This includes flicker from LEDs and electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which can be produced by smart home lighting technology.

Details

Category:
Articles
Type:
artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
ARC Lighting In Architecture pages 055 - 060,
ISSN: 1753-5875
Language:
English
Publication year:
2019
Bibliographic description:
Zielińska-Dąbkowska K.: Home Sweet Home. Connecting the dots for healthy evening residential illumination// ARC Lighting In Architecture -,iss. 111 (2019), s.055-060
Verified by:
Gdańsk University of Technology

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