WASHINGTON – Recent research has uncovered new knowledge about the influence of light exposure on human physical and mental health, as well as behavior and performance. Design professionals should consider these evidence-based findings when creating architectural and lighting solutions in built environments, reports the latest issue of Implications, a monthly research newsletter about design and human behavior produced by InformeDesign®.
Light influences myriad physiological, mental and behavioral responses. Inadequate light levels are associated with dysfunction in a number of systems. One recent study found connections between heart rate variability and circadian patterns of light and darkness.
“The body responds to a broad range of light spectra, intensities, and time patterns, perhaps in yet undiscovered ways,” says author Eve Edelestein, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and design at HMC Architects. From her own work and that of other researchers, she has developed some guiding principles that can inform choices to provide architectural and lighting solutions that better support and protect occupants in workplace and heath care facilities.
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