ENLIGHTENme - Project

With a growing world population and rising urbanisation comes an underestimated by-product: more human exposure to electric light. This includes public outdoor lighting and the artificial glow created by highly urbanised areas, but also light exposure at the individual level from interior lighting in buildings and light-emitting screens. Inappropriate and disruptive light exposure at night, or too little light exposure during the day, profoundly affects people’s biological clock, health and wellbeing. Older adults over 65 years of age are particularly prone to these impacts. Knowledge about the role lighting has on people’s health and new responsive guidance for urban lighting strategies have the potential to substantially mitigate any possible impacts. Particular attention will also be placed on linking the socio-economic dimension of lighting with urban lighting patterns, population health status and wellbeing indicators in order to understand how resulting health inequalities and high levels of light exposure impact on citizen’s physical and mental wellbeing.

ENLIGHTENme brings together experts from different scientific fields and sectors, such as urban development and health research for four years to collect evidence about indoor and outdoor lighting impacts on human health and wellbeing – particularly for people over the age of 65 and other vulnerable groups. The project aims to research, develop and validate innovative solutions to support innovative urban lighting policies and guidance for better health in cities throughout Europe.

The ENLIGHTENme project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 945238.

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