May - Free Webinars - Lighting the Way to Improved Wellness at Home
Lighting the Way to Improved Wellness at Home
Doug Walter, AKBD, AIA – Architect – Doug Walter Architects & Jeni Finnigan, OTR-L, CAPS – Principal – Unbounded Spaces, LLC
Thursday, May 29, 2019 – 12:00-1:00pm EDT
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Today’s homeowners want it all: wide open floor plans but plenty of wall space for art; more windows and doors, but better energy efficiency; more light, but less glare. As designers, we are challenged to meet the often-competing priorities.
Light is one of the most powerful tools in the designer’s tool chest. Used properly, it not only enhances the appearance of a space, it can compensate for low vision and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants, and promote healing, rest, and relaxation.
Light has both a visual and non-visual effect on the body, that has nothing to do with the rods and cones we studied in biology. The non-visual effects have only recently been researched (since 1980), and the results are astounding. Did you know, that with exposure to natural daylight, students get better grades, patients recover faster, shoppers buy more, and workers are more productive?
Conversely, lack of full spectrum lighting and disruption of Circadian rhythm caused by exposure to blue spectrum lighting at the wrong time of day has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other ailments? Keep up with the latest research and technology in the field of light and health, and how designers can use this information immediately to create kitchens, baths, and whole hoes that support healing and growth while appealing to our aesthetic sense.
At the end of this session you will:
- Discover an introduction to the research about non-visual effects of light on the human body’s chemistry.
- Identify how light intensity (lumens) and color temperature (measured in degrees Kelvin and nanometers) combine to enhance or disrupt natural Circadian rhythms.
- Utilize specific useable tips to enhance the lighting, both natural and artificial, for every room in the hone, but especially the kitchen and bath.