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.
|December 5, 2018 | Outdoor Artificial Nighttime Light and Use of Hypnotic Medications in Older Adults: A Population-Based Cohort Study | Journal of Sleep Medicine The inappropriate or excessive use of outdoor artificial nighttime light, referred to as light pollution, has emerged as a novel environmental issue linked to human health. Read More >|
|April 23, 2018 | Evaluating the Association between Artificial Light-at-Night Exposure and Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk in Spain (MCC-Spain Study) | Environmental Health Perspectives In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that shift work that involves circadian disruption is “probably carcinogenic to humans” 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 from CFL Exposure on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes in Vitro. | The American Society of Photobiology Taken together, our results confirm that UV radiation emanating from CFL bulbs (randomly selected from different suppliers) as a result of defects or damage in the phosphorus coating is potentially harmful to human skin. Read More >|
|January 24, 2012 | Flicker can be perceived during saccades at frequencies in excess of 1kHz | University of Essex When driving at night behind a car with LED tail lights it is possible to experience a trail of lights with each rapid movement of the eyes (saccade). Read More >|
|December 1, 2011 | Eye Disease Resulting From Increased Use of Fluorescent Lighting as a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy | American Journal of Public Health we advocate for the use of incandescent and warm-white lamps instead of cool-white fluorescent lamps, as well as for further research into improving lighting from such sources. 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 >|
|July 24, 2010 | LED Lighting Flicker and Potential Health Concerns: IEEE Standard PAR1789 Update | 2010 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition The paper represents on-going work in IEEE PAR1789 that is vital to designing safe LED lamp drivers. Read More >|