BRE report illuminates solutions for improved lighting

Can light improve our health and mood? Do certain types of light keep us awake at night? And can special lighting help people with dementia?

A new report from the BRE Trust seeks to answer these questions and many more.

In Lighting and Health, researchers from BRE and universities in Istanbul and Eindhoven reviewed a number of studies into the type, quality and patterns of lighting in buildings and how they impact upon people.

The report explains how the variation of light from day to night helps to maintain the circadian cycle in the human body, which can determine patterns of alertness, co-ordination, blood pressure and cardiovascular efficiency.

The authors examined a number of practical solutions for improving lighting such as providing daylight in buildings to help regulate circadian rhythms, resulting in improved health and mood.

It looked at some potential issues with fluorescent lighting with magnetic ballasts and some LEDs, suggesting that switching to high frequency fluorescent lighting, or different types of LED, can avoid the problems of headaches or eyestrain experienced in some people.

The report also includes a number of recommendations for building designers, managers and occupants, and for elderly or visually impaired people.

Click here to see a BRE infographic on lighting and health.

Published: 14/09/2015

in Industry News