Health and wellbeing experts to re-examine lighting's role

Lux will be hosting a one-day health and wellbeing conference in London on 22 September. 

We are learning more and more about the way our bodies work in relation to our natural environment. In the last few years much has been written about circadian rhythms and the effects of light on our sleep patterns. Unfortunately, most of us choose to spend our time inside buildings, working unsocial hours and generally ignoring the natural procession of time and the seasons to which our bodies are naturally attuned.

To discuss these issues we are fortunate to have a great gathering of experts to share their knowledge and insights on the subjects surrounding lighting for health and wellbeing and human-centric lighting (HCL).

The science

Before looking at the application of HCL, the science itself will be put under the microscope with an opening consideration of 'what we know, what we don’t'.

Katharina Wulff of Oxford University is a neuroscientist in the field of chronobiology. She will be our guide to the science that is driving human-centric lighting.

David McNair of Hammondcare will discuss the effect of light on people living with dementia.

The application

The most challenging aspect of interpreting scientific knowledge into practice lies in bridging the gulf between the narrow, artificial, environments that we choose to live in and the all-encompassing natural environment that provides the essential background rhythm. If we insist on living lives that run contrary to our natural patterns, can we expect technology to set things right? Is there a ‘techno-fix’ that works for us?

The conference will focus on headline areas where HCL is being applied; in the workplace, in healthcare and in education and will explore the ways in which the technology is being employed.

Workplace

Iain Ruxton of Spiers + Major and Alastair Uren of Helvar will discuss the recent application of HCL at the offices of Rogers Stirk Harbour in the City of London.

Helen Loomes of the Society of Light and Lighting will focus on the health problems that shift workers face and how lighting is helping to mitigate the effects of working unsocial hours.

Healthcare

Alexandra Hammond of Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will share her experience of the development of a sustainable lighting programme at the hospital.

Education

Is it appropriate that we test our theories on HCL on a group of people who have no say in the matter? The conference will end with a panel discussion asking whether its ethical to impose lighting systems that are intended to alter behaviour on children in schools.

We’re also very pleased to announce two special sessions

Paolo di Trapani, president and CEO of Coelux will share his enthusiasm for his artificial skylight and the way that its being used to great effect in the treatment of psychological conditions such as anxiety and claustrophobia.

Ian Jordan of Jordan Eyes will remind us how powerful light is in defining our perceptions of the world around us with a special interactive demonstration.

  • Lux is hosting a special Lighting for Health and Wellbeing conference in London on Thursday 22 September. It's  free for all those associated with the management of buildings services. To view the details and register for a place, click on the conference logo or click here.

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