'WE BELIEVE we’re ready to go’ – the words of one of the world’s top scientists about human-centric lighting.
Mark Rea of the Lighting Research Center in New York believes the lighting industry can begin to implement specialised lighting which works with our natural daily sleep-wake cycle.
But other experts and organisations disagree. The Society of Light and Lighting, the UK learned body, says that ‘under no circumstances’ should commercial sales be prioritised, ‘when there is a lack of factual or proven evidence for the claims being made’ about human centric lighting.
The SLL says ’it’s essential for the lighting industry to recognise the current limitations in our knowledge of the implications of introducing circadian lighting’.
So who’s right?
To accelerate the debate, organisers of LuxLive 2019 have brought together a panel of expert lighting professionals to explore the issues.
The discussion will take place as part of the Workplace and Wellbeing conference track at 3pm on Wednesday 13 November at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition at London ExCeL.
The panel includes Pavlina Akritas, associate at Arup; Christina Nicolaides, director of Truly Lighting; Ruth Kelly Waskett, associate at Hoare Lea; Marcus Steffen, founder MS Lighting Design and Pat Kelly, research, development and innovation director of Robus.
Preceding the panel discussion is a presentation about a circadian lighting installation in London.
Dubbed 'Biophilic Design and Wellbeing: The Living Lab at the Shard’, the session will be presented by DaeWha Kang and Dr Marcella Ucci, who will explore their work at the Mitie headquarters, where they created an immersive space based on people’s innate need for connection with nature.
Using natural materials together with circadian and natural light, a special working environment was created, and a research study monitored and measured its impacts on worker wellbeing.
Immediately preceding the debate, John Bullock, principal of John Bullock Lighting Design, will outline the status of human-centric lighting today in the industry.
He will outline what have we learned in that time; how has the meaning of HCL changed in that time, and ask: what does a HCL specification look like today? Will look at HCL from the point of view of the manufacturer, the designer and the end user.
- The discussion on human centric lighting will take place as part of the Workplace and Wellbeing conference track at 3pm on Wednesday 13 November at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition at London ExCeL. The show takes place on both Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019. Entry is free - see the full programme and register for free HERE.