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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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What has happened to light?

September 8th, 2022

This is my favourite time of year and my favourite time of day: an early summer’s evening. I walk by the river feeling a sense of space as if the long light stretches time. Dusk is falling gently, almost imperceptibly: a note of cool in the warm air, the flicker of a bat and a […]

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Never in my wildest nightmares!

July 25th, 2022

The walk along the seaside to work was a beautiful sunrise of pinks, oranges and yellows. It was high tide, so I pulled off my shoes and walked through the water, the waves splashing up to my knees. I reached the health store and opened up, turned on the lights and soon the customers started […]

Healthier lighting benefits us all (not just light disabled people)

June 17th, 2022

Last week I was watching a lecture by Professor Arnold Wilkins on YouTube. He is an expert on the effects of lighting flicker on the brain. About 3 minutes in, he spoke about flicker from 100 and 120 hz fluorescent lighting, causing eye strain and headaches and interfering with eye movements. He went on to […]

Why LEDs are uniquely unsuitable for vehicle headlights

April 28th, 2022

Just over a year ago I was driving back from Cumbria to Edinburgh. Just after leaving the M74, a Porsche SUV with LED headlights at the same height as my rear window approached from behind me, then followed me at a distance of about twenty yards. The glare from these headlights in my rear-view mirror […]

Light-Disabled: Why we need to start saying it NOW

March 31st, 2022

“Light-sensitive” is a peculiar term. It makes me think of delicate Victorian maidens, twirling parasols and preserving their pale and interesting complexions under large-brimmed hats. Or, there’s that other role model: tall, cadaverous, pointy-toothed, with a fondness for sleeping in coffins. Sometimes the expression seems to convey merely mild and entirely manageable discomfort, as when […]

Why LED lighting won’t save the planet

March 7th, 2022

A few months ago I was complaining that the most visible result of the introduction of LED lighting to ‘save the planet’ seemed to be increased night-time illumination of the whole country, from forests in the Highlands to parks and gardens in towns and cities. A LightAware supporter told me that this was a result […]


January 28th, 2022

Human beings often show kindness and compassion to their light-sensitive fellows; but their good intentions can be hamstrung by moronically designed lighting technology. It’s July 2019 and I’m feeling nervous but hopeful. I’ve got an appointment with an immunologist who is a specialist In Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a newly identified immune system disorder. […]

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