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The First Summer School of the International Project LIGHT4HEALTH

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LIGMAN are honoured to have been a part of the first Summer School of the International Project LIGHT4HEALTH, which took place from 29th July to 2nd August 2019 in the framework of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme.

The event was organized at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, partnered with Thomas Jefferson University (USA), ITMO University (Russia), and the leading European schools in architectural lighting design Aalborg University (Denmark), Hochschule Wismar (Germany), and KTH Royal Institute (Sweden).

The first Summer School was focussed on the topic “Interior Lighting for Domestic Spaces” with 21 students working with 7 teachers having the opportunity to identify ad discuss key factors to design health research-based lighting for elderly people or families with children.

The students attended lectures about the physics of light and vision, potential dangers of light, space analysis, neuroendocrine, neurological, and circadian effects of light. In groups, they practised working with measuring equipment, calculating daylight factors and creating calculation grids, as well as considering the effect of flickering.

LIGMAN donated a number of custom pre-programmed lighting kits comprising of 2700-6500K Tuneable-White NYBRO fixtures with Xpress controllers allowing the students free range to set up, adjust and take measurements.

Alison Carminke, Academic Enterprise Manager for the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts, said: “Given that every human being is constantly exposed to some sort of lighting situation, massive introduction of ‘human centric lighting’ could have a significant social and economic impact for the EU.

“For that to happen, the quality and relevance of students’ knowledge and skills needs to be improved, in order to meet the increasingly growing needs of the lighting industry and of the labour market.

“There is a missing link between health research and lighting design and researchers will be testing the impact of technologies and solutions, with wellbeing in mind. It is important to look at lighting in the workplace, for example, where people spend many hours each day.”

Over three years, LIGHT4HEALTH will lead to the development of a new graduate level course to enable lighting designers to benefit from health research.

The Programme of the Summer School is available on the project website www.light4health.net