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US govt to probe human-centric LED lighting in emergency rooms

US govt to probe human-centric LED lighting in emergency rooms

By BizLED Bureau

July 24, 2017: US government will study and probe LED human-centric lighting in emergency rooms. The researchers will observe workers in an emergency room at night and will derive insights, which will help in the development of future LED lighting technology.

The US government will investigate how LED human-centric lighting can improve the performance of healthcare workers in emergency rooms.

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It’s the first federally-funded study of LED lighting’s impact on human alertness, and health. The study will receive $8 million.

US Energy Department will pay for the study, which will be carried out by the University of California in San Diego. The objective of the study is to understand the health impacts of LED lighting on circadian.

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Human-centric lighting has become a topic of discussion since the discovery in 1991 of special light-sensitive ganglion cells by an Oxford University team led by neuroscientist Russell Foster.

These cells are sensitive to a narrow range of blue light, about 480nm, and these are key to controlling the circadian rhythms with light.

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