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A feast for sore eyes

February 21st, 2024

We drove 500 miles and then we drove 500 more… in the car (me, eyes closed tight shut) or that’s what it felt like rattling along gravel roads from Auckland to the far north of New Zealand in pursuit of visual freedom. From Auckland with millions of people and all their LED lights and a […]

Why I volunteer for LightAware – and you should too!

January 11th, 2024

There are a lot of charities out there, and most of them focus on defined areas – a particular health condition, say, like autism or lupus, or an aspect of the natural world, like insects or trees. In contrast, light gets everywhere! And at the same time, people don’t notice it. Or they notice it […]

Star of Wonder, Shard of Light (Pollution)

December 7th, 2023

Last week LightAware received a request from a journalist asking about ‘our perspective on increased LED lighting used over the Christmas period.’ She mentioned the display on The Shard as an example, so I looked it up. The blurb on the Shard’s website said that  “the mosaic-inspired designs will be brought to life with animation […]

Do we ‘fall back’ as well as the clocks?

October 27th, 2023

At 2am on Sunday 29th October the clocks will ‘fall’ backwards giving us one hour extra in bed. Whilst a lot of people mark the end of British Summer Time with excitement because winter time brings the fun, festive season, there are a lot of us who struggle with the long, dark nights ahead. In […]

The AGM experience

August 10th, 2023

This was my first LightAware AGM weekend and I was so looking forward to it. I’ve been working for LightAware for almost a year and in that time I have learnt a lot about the struggles people endure and challenges they face in order to live their lives. But nothing quite compares to spending a […]

An inconvenient truth? (Or how to Gaslight the Light-Sensitive)

June 14th, 2023

A few weeks ago I went for a walk at the Hermitage of Braid, a nature reserve in a small steep glen near Morningside in Edinburgh. I was walking along the path when a young border terrier bounded up to me and started jumping up at me excitedly, leaving muddy paw prints on my light-blue […]


May 19th, 2023

Day & Night The night in Auckland, New Zealand awash with bright phosphorescent LED lighting.  Barely does the sun go down and the night becomes brighter than the day.  Indoors, outdoors flickering glare balls here, there and everywhere!  By Nina M, New Zealand Blogs are written by LightAware supporters in a personal capacity

Holding a string of lights

Light sensitivity is a feminist issue

March 8th, 2023

As today (the 8th of March) is International Women’s Day, I thought it appropriate to write a short piece about the impact of light sensitivity on women. Many more women than men contact LightAware about health problems caused by LED lighting. Because lights are now switched on most of the time both inside and outside […]

Digging and dreaming

December 14th, 2022

I can’t leave my house once the sun goes down because all lamp posts which were previously
sodium and emitted a warm, soft orange glow are now LED and emit a harsh, cold laser-like white
light. All car head lights are now LED too and these are unfortunately also on all day and night

Sentenced to light imprisonment by council

November 3rd, 2022

“Council officers have decided that imprisoning me in my home on a permanent basis or inducing 3 day long debilitating migraines is a reasonable price for me to pay to allow the business to have LED lit signage on in daylight”

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