“As far as medicine is concerned, western philosophy has not effectively considered the use of light and nature as a means of therapy or treatment for many ailments. However, eastern philosophies have. ELLI believes there are great human health benefits associated with this use.
Of the benefits related to light use, many trade professionals have learned the restorative value light has in these settings that affect the well-being of their customers. Experiences include calm, peace, and restoration through spending time in these illuminated and natural spaces. This type of psychological stimulation can show positive results.
Although this page is not fully developed yet, it will continuously develop and provide an archive of information dedicated to the therapeutic values associated with light and nature.
Unfortunately, much of the lighting industry is focused on ‘technology’ and ‘efficiency’, rather than human health. Herein lies one of the biggest challenges, as we must all change the way we look at this profession. By placing the emphasis on well-being, we can place the learning attention on “why” lighting is important to all parties. ELLI is committed to this change and perspective of the industry, as this way of thinking provides this trade craft with a vision of hope for the future.
The lighting industry, as well as the landscape lighting profession can only improve if we all identify with this human health perspective. Not only can we elevate our professional position in the grand scheme of things, but we can ensure a destination in our career progression. We will be elevated by being associated with healing and/or the well-being of people—this is our “value” to society. In addition, this equates to better pay and recognition.
As far as a career path in landscape lighting, this has always been a limited and undefined problem. Once one learns the basic skills, there is no place to go. However, with this new understanding of what we can provide to humankind (something greater than just installing a lighting system), we can now have a final resting place…a destination to achieve. This is important for many reasons, but most specifically to provide fulfillment.
Currently, ELLI is the only organization in the landscape lighting industry to take this approach towards human health. This claim is likely true of the whole lighting industry. ELLI’s vision is provided for the next generation. Therefore, those involved now will be providing for the future—a gift of betterment on all levels.
Various studies have taken place over past decades and many of these include the affects of nature and the outdoor, natural environments. As this Initiative grows and develops, ELLI intends to provide documentation and proof in these positive applications towards human health.
In the meantime, the following list of benefits is displayed so that a basic understanding can be considered
As can be seen, if there is improved response rates or activities in these areas of ailment, then this can be a huge benefit to society. ELLI encourages this line of thought and study.