Friday, July 8, 2016

Light Quality and Human Wellbeing Legislation

Recently, LightingEurope has asked the European legislators to add light quality to government mandates. These currently consist of goals to emphasize energy and efficiency but lack regulations of safety, performance, and the health and wellbeing of the users.

Human-Centric Lighting (HCL) is a concept that recognizes the different lighting levels, colors, brightness, and color temperature levels that can be as beneficial as it is detrimental to the users. The goal is to effectively adjust these levels in various situations to produce a positive affect on the users. For example, blue lighting in the morning can help stimulate alertness. This lighting can also deter sleep, calling for more relaxing red and orange tones for nighttime. The aim is to simulate patterns of day and night to support circadian rhythms. 

LightingEurope addressed these issues and noted that sometimes the efficiency of lighting can undermine safety. By choosing efficiency over natural health, users are weighing one risk for another. 

At City Lighting Products, we strive to find the balance between both health and efficiency, while providing a functional and stylish lighting concept. 

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