Let's Talk About Light and Health

Education / Let's Talk About Light and Health 

Monthly Q&A webinar series following interviews with experts in various topics of light and health

In 2022, the Light and Health Research Center (LHRC), working with the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), developed a monthly series that incorporated a variety of topics with experts in various backgrounds.

In 2023, the series continues with quarterly events. Randy and Allison invite two guest speakers per webinar to expand the conversation between lighting and industry experts. The mission of the webinars is to get people from various backgrounds in the same discussion about the important role light plays in many applications.

Hosted by Randy Reid of the NLB

Produced by Allison Thayer of the LHRC

2023 Series

Bright Light in the Day Improves a Hospital Stay - Lighting for Healthcare

Speakers: Mariana Figueiro, PhD & David Reich, MD 

Modern healthcare environments are becoming more and more complex. This session will discuss the important role that lighting plays in supporting the needs of staff, patients, and visitors in modern healthcare settings.

Getting the Job Done - Lighting for the New Office Paradigm

Speakers: Mark S. Rea, PhD & Kevin Kampschroer

The way we use office buildings is changing. This session will discuss the import role of lighting in promoting health for office workers whether working from home, the office, or some combination of the two.

Proceed With Caution - Lighting for Emergency Responder Safety

Speakers: John Bullough, PhD & Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS

Lighting on emergency vehicles can often create confusion for oncoming drivers, leading to increased risks for first responders. This session will discuss recent research that could lead to improved lighting for emergency vehicles to make both the vehicles and emergency workers more visible to oncoming traffic.

Home Is Where the Light Is - Residential Light Fixture Program

Speakers: Jennifer Brons, MS, Eric Jacobson, CAE, & Terry McGowan, FIES, LC

Sleep is important to people’s health and well-being. This session will discuss a new program developed jointly by the LHRC and the American Lighting Association (ALA) to help residential lighting customers to identify and select light fixtures that will help to improve their sleep.

2022 Series

Your Daily Light: How Does Light Impact Your Health?

Speaker: Mariana Figueiro, PhD

Out of the Womb: Lighting Up the NICU

Speaker: Robert White, MD

A New Kind of Lullaby: Robust Light/Dark Pattern for Babies

Speaker: Sofia Axelrod, PhD

Hold the Coffee: Perking Up the Office with Lighting

Speaker: Bryan Steverson, MA

Skip the Nap: Consolidating Sleep for Older Adults

Speaker: Mariana Figueiro, PhD

Fe-Fi-Fo Fungicide: Light as a Natural Pesticide

Speaker: David Gadoury, PhD

It's a Complicated World Out There: Exposomics and Light

Speaker: Robert Wright, MD, MPH

Safety First: Making Driving Less Lethal

Speaker: John Bullough, PhD

Beyond the Visible: UV Disinfection

Speaker: Bernard Camins, MD

Let's Get Deep: Lighting in Submarines

Speaker: Commander Christopher Steele, PhD

Equal Lights: Projects Focused on Health Equity

Speaker: Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH

Not Your Typical Design: Circadian-Effective Lighting

Speaker: Allison Thayer, MS