Considering Human Health

It should be noted that much of the Western philosophy towards human health and medical practices has not considered the full benefits of Light, as a form of treatment or benefit. Whereas, Eastern philosophy encourages these beneficial aspects and use of Light.

ELLI believes there is great merit with the utilization of Light, as a restorative measure in psychological and physiological ailments. This Initiative is an effort to build upon this research and knowledge. Part of this effort will be to identify the positive, human health benefits of Light and Nature when combined.

As lighting designers controlled by a technical industry, we serve primarily in addressing the measures of quality and performance. There is very little thoughtful understanding, as it applies to the well-being of humans. ELLI is the first effort to do so within the landscape lighting community.

Although this page is not yet fully developed, it will ultimately provide information, case-studies, and insight into this consideration of lighting design.

The Future of the Lighting Industry

The Future of the Lighting Industry

There are three important aspects that consider Human Health within the lighting professions: 1) It provides more opportunity for professional advancement, 2) It allows the industry a ‘destination’ point in what to achieve for success, and 3) It provides betterment in health care.

Generally speaking, lighting designers and tradespeople are not paid very well. It’s likely because they are not perceived as a highly skilled professional. However, if we can show value in health care, then this should change drastically. Financial incentives should follow, and be based on our ability to provide restorative healing in those suffering from ailments.

One only needs to observe what’s written in any of the lighting industry association’s Mission Statements, as they do not relate to the consumer. Nor do they provide a compelling solution to “why” they are necessary for the betterment of the consumer—see the examples below:

International Commission on Illumination (CIE)

  • To provide an international forum for the discussion of all matters relating to the science, technology and art in the fields of light and lighting and for the interchange of information in these fields between countries.
  • To develop basic standards and procedures of metrology in the fields of light and lighting.
  • To provide guidance in the application of principles and procedures in the development of international and national standards in the fields of light and lighting.
  • To prepare and publish standards, reports and other publications concerned with all matters relating to science, technology and art in the fields of light and lighting.
  • To maintain liaison and technical interaction with other international organizations concerned with matters related to the science, technology, standardization and art in the fields of light and lighting.

It is important to note that in these objectives light and lighting embraces such fundamental subjects as vision, photometry and colorimetry, involving natural and man-made radiations over the UV, the visible and IR regions of the spectrum, and application subjects covering all usage of light, indoors and out, including environmental and aesthetic effects, as well as means for the production and control of light and radiation.

Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
To improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) 
To serve the IALD worldwide membership by promoting the visible success of its members in practicing lighting design.

Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) 
To promote and advance the landscape and architectural lighting industry for lighting designers and installers, distributors and business-to-business manufacturers

Global Lighting Association (GLA) 
The primary mission of the GLA is to share information, within the limits of national and EU competition law, on political, scientific, business, social and environmental issues of relevance to the lighting industry and to develop, implement and publish the position of the global lighting industry to relevant stakeholders in the international sphere.

National Lighting Bureau (NLB)
To create demand for high-benefit lighting—efficient lighting designed to optimize human performance, health, safety, and commerce—by educating those who make and influence decisions about lighting.

International Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO)
To raising the professional level of its members and the performance of lighting systems by providing education, certification and networking opportunities for the lighting industry.

If we study the effects of what lighting designers and practitioners get paid, then this is another concern. Consideration should be given here because it will greatly impact the success, progress and development of this effort. Ideally, there should be a financial incentive with helping people with ailments, as it is providing in one’s better life or health. One must remember that we did NOT create these ailments. Yet, we might be part of the solution to resolve them. This is a positive message and a simple understanding of “why” we should be better valued in society.

General Benefits of Light and Nature

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

  • Decreased stress
  • Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased cognitive abilities
  • Lowered anxiety
  • Improved memory
  • Improved healing rate
  • Lowered use of medications
  • Improved communications and social activity
  • Increased empathy
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved relaxation

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.