Lighting technology has changed dramatically in recent years with the development of new ‘low energy' lights and the ban on incandescent light bulbs.
But many people experience pain and ill health when exposed to these new forms of lighting, with symptoms including eye pain, headaches and migraines, skin rashes, burning, dizziness and nausea.
The spread of new lighting has resulted in the social exclusion of light-sensitive people, who are unable to access many places of employment, recreation, education and health. The problem is exacerbated by a lack of awareness and information.
Like many accessibility issues, attitude and understanding make a big difference. We want to enable access to civic life by encouraging service providers and businesses to become 'LightAware'.
Being ‘LightAware' means knowing what lighting you have, being willing to listen to someone's lighting needs and creating a plan to accommodate them.
We aim to become a clear and comprehensive source of information about this under-reported issue. Our organisation will be a resource for light-sensitive people and for businesses, services and organisations seeking to be fully inclusive.
We believe no-one should have to experience pain and suffering just to light their homes and live their lives.
"I am now unable to go into many public places such as restaurants and shops, or even visit friends in their own homes. I really fear having to leave my job and being confined to my flat at night."Glen, 42, South England
"First I feel irritated, then aggressive, then I feel completely exhausted. I can't concentrate. My head gets hotter and it's like someone's clanking my head with a hammer."Robert, 47, Hong Kong
"I can't even step into my own front garden without severe eye pain and vertigo. I hope and pray this gets resolved in our lifetime. I am living the life of an isolated 85 year old."Elaine, 35, Tuam, Ireland
Please help us to set up an organisation to provide a much-needed resource for people struggling with light sensitivity.