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SESSION 1: NON-VISUAL EFFECT OF LIGHTING: STATUS OF KNOWLEDGE
Light and Health: Are We Ready For Applications?
Tunable white, color changing, human-centric lighting, melanopic lux, healthy lighting: catchy terms, but what does the science support? Electric lighting
systems engineered to deliver “healthy” lighting are fooding the market, and so are claims associated with such products and their applications. Some
are claiming that these systems will provide better health and wellbeing for all, while others are advising caution “until we know more.” But what does the
science support? What claims can be made based on the scientifc evidence? How can we avoid misses and false positives? In what applications can these
products be benefcial or detrimental? How do we compare and select these products to deliver lighting that is more benefcial and less detrimental? This
talk will answer these questions and provide a third-party perspective on the topic of light and health.
Mariana Figueiro, Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center and Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. She conducts research on the effect of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She is the
author of more than 70 scientifc articles in her feld of research.
11: 15 AM - 11: 45 AM
The Truth about Circadian Lighting
This talk will dive into what is currently known about circadian lighting, sleep and performance. It will cover how different spectrums and spatial
distributions can impact the circadian clock and other neural mechanisms in our brain which govern these performance gains. This talk is designed to have
varying levels of depth. Touching on high level concepts and take-aways as well as neurological underpinnings and rationale for why each concept makes
sense. This talk will also talk about the other non-image forming effects of light, such as pupillary light refex and discuss how this folds into the whole
scheme of circadian lighting. People who attend this talk will walk away with a high level understanding of circadian lighting in a practical, yet quantitative
manner. They will also have the ability to speak intelligently to clients about what circadian lighting is and why it is important.
Robert Soler, Vice President Human Biological Technologies and Research, Biological Innovation
and Optimization Systems, LLC
Robert’s most prominent work was with Kennedy Space Center where he helped design and build the frst LED light on the ISS. He is an
inventor of 73 issued patents in the US and has authored three papers. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Lighting Research
Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently a PhD student and NSF Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience at UC San Diego.
11: 45 AM - 12: 15 PM
CIE’s Progress Towards Recommending the Proper Light at the Proper Time
Tomorrow’s lighting solutions hold the promise of using as little energy as possible, while delivering the proper light for parallel visual, physiological, and
psychological processes. The Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE), as the international body recognized as the source of standards regarding
light and lighting fundamentals and of consensus guidance regarding lighting applications, shares the excitement about the potential for universal high-quality, sustainable lighting. CIE also recognizes the need for a solid evidence base to support valid recommendations, standards, and codes. CIE’s strategic
approach to this problem is: ( 1) to foster consensus about measurement and reporting of light exposures; and ( 2) to direct attention towards the important,
as-yet-unanswered research questions for which guidance documents will require answers. This presentation will particularly focus on the recent
“Research Roadmap for Healthful Interior Lighting Applications” and its place in the top-priority research topics of the CIE Research Strategy.
Jennifer A. Veitch, Ph.D., Director CIE Division 3 - Interior Environment and Lighting Design and
Principal Research Offcer, National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Veitch is a Principal Research Offcer at the National Research Council of Canada, where she has led research into lighting effects
on health and behavior for more than 20 years. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological
Association, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. In 2011 she received the Waldram Gold Pin for Applied Illuminating
Engineering from the International Commission on Illumination.
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