LightAware was founded to respond to the needs of those whose lives and health have been profoundly affected by the ban on incandescent lighting and the development of new forms of light.
Some people with pre-existing health issues find their conditions exacerbated: including migraine and light-sensitive skin conditions. Others with no previous health issues also experience problems under new forms of lighting. Some experience severe symptoms, including searing eye pain, debilitating headaches, skin burning and rashes, dizziness, fainting and vomiting.
For others, the symptoms are milder: anxiety, eczema, edginess or just a sensation of discomfort or ‘wrongness’ that is hard to locate. Senior medics are expressing deep concern about the affect of new lighting on human eyes, skin, circadian rhythm and nervous system. But there are many questions still unanswered.
- How does artificial lighting affect human health and wellbeing?
- How many people are adversely affected by new forms of lighting?
- How does one type of light bulb cause different problems in different people?
- Why are some people affected by some forms of light and not others?
LightAware believes these questions, and many more, urgently need addressing. We seek to stimulate research and investigation into the affect of artificial lighting on human health, and to compile the information currently available.