The Effect of Light on Health and Well Being: Basics and Applications

When:
January 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
2019-01-08T17:30:00-05:00
2019-01-08T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
ASHRAE
1791 Tullie Circle NortheastAtlanta
GA 30329
Cost:
$20 - $25
Contact:
(404) 636-8400

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, January 8th for a seminar on The Effect of Light on Health and Well Being: Basics and Applications. Our presenter will be Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., who is the Director of the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture and Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the seminar from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.

Description: Biological rhythms that repeat approximately every 24 hours are called circadian rhythms. Light is the main stimulus that helps the circadian clock, and thus circadian rhythms, to synchronize with the 24-hour day. If lack of synchrony or circadian disruption occurs, we may experience decrements in physiological functions, neurobehavioral performance, and sleep.

Lighting for the circadian system employs lighting design objectives that differ from those typically used in traditional architectural lighting design, and therefore, requires metrics that differ from those currently used by lighting designers.

In this presentation, a summary of the lab and field research will be presented. In addition, the limitations of current lighting metrics (e.g., CCT, lux) in specifying light for the circadian system will be discussed. Practical design solutions to increase the potential for circadian light exposure in buildings and new field data investigating the health effects of light will be discussed.

The goal of this presentation is to provide attendees with new tools and metrics that will help them specify and apply effective lighting to improve lighting in our living environments.

Presenter: Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is the Director of the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture and Biological Sciences 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 80 scientific articles in her field of research.

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