LightAware receives personal accounts from around the world telling us that people are experiencing pain and ill health when exposed to new forms of lighting.
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.
LightAware is compiling a selection of published medical papers on how artificial light affects human health and wellbeing.
|April 30, 2018 | Evaluating the Association between Artificial Light-at-Night Exposure and Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk in Spain (MCC-Spain Study) | Environmental Health Perspectives The increase of artificial light at night (ALAN) in cities has altered the natural light levels in the nocturnal environment and extended human activities into the usually dark hours (Falchi et al. 2011). It has been estimated that more than 80% of the world population (99% of the population from the United States and Europe) and almost one-fifth of the world terrain is under light-polluted skies that suffer from an excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial (usually outdoor) light (Cinzano et al. 2001; Falchi et al. 2011, 2016). Read More >|
|February 1, 2016 | Light pollution: the possible consequences of excessive illumination on retina. | Eye, Nature Publishing Group Light pollution may have a strong impact on people’s health Read More >|
|February 2, 2015 | Blue Light has a Dark Side | Harvard Health Publications Exposure to blue light at night, emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs, harmful to your health. Read More >|
|August 24, 2012 | Climate Change | American Journal of Public Health Climate Change, Fluorescent Lighting, and Eye Disease: A Little Too Light on the Science Read More >|
|June 13, 2012 | The Effects of UV Emission | The American Society of Photobiology The Effects of UV Emission from CFL Exposure on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes in Vitro. Read More >|
|December 1, 2011 | Eye Disease | American Journal of Public Health Eye Disease Resulting From Increased Use of Fluorescent Lighting as a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy Read More >|
|November 24, 2011 | The Lightest Touch | NHS Quarterly Raising Awareness on Protecting Patients with Light Sensitivity Read More >|
|October 24, 2011 | Migraine and Light Sensitivity | Migraine Action Report Flickering light can trigger a migraine attack for some individuals Read More >|