New SLL president puts focus on lighting and health

John Aston, the newly inaugurated president of the Society of Light and Lighting, has called on the lighting industry to promote awareness of links between lighting and public health.  

Speaking at the SLL's annual general meeting, held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich last week, Aston said: ‘There is a clear need to improve the level of lighting knowledge held by the public; both in basic terms of quality and quantity as well as addressing any potential health risks that new lighting technology might bring.’

Aston called on the industry to ‘make lighting an important subject that is recognised for the great values it offers in work, at play and in terms of our health and well-being,’ and added, ‘in such a context we can then show that being a lighter is a profession that is worthy of respect and properly valued by our peers'.

The society has recently been awarded funding from the Cibse Research Fund for research into human responses to LED lighting.

Aston is a lighting consultant and former green marketing manager for Philips. Liz Peck of LPA Lighting has been elected to take over as president at the end of Aston's term.

The SLL also apointed Bob Bohannon as honorary treasurer, Iain Carlile as vice president, Jeff Shaw as vice president of regions and Richard Cable as vice president of external affairs.

Pictured: John Aston (r) receives his medal of office

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