The impact of spending significant time under artificial lighting
Problems caused by bad artificial lighting are made worse by using it for longer. Nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) say they spend eight hours or more a day under artificial light. The World Health Organization predicts that one in two people will be short sighted by 20502 as a result of several factors including lack of time spent outdoors and time in front of screens.
The research also showed that younger people are spending more time under artificial light. Nearly nine in 10 (88%) 18-24-year olds say they are spending eight hours or more under unnatural light sources each day, compared to 63% of those over the age of 55.
Choosing light designed for the comfort of your eyes
As time spent under artificial light increases, it’s important to choose the right type of lighting. The survey commissioned by Signify showed that 80% of US consumers believe that good lighting is beneficial for eye health. And this belief increases as people age: from 61% of those aged 18-24 to 88% of those 55+. Additionally, the majority of Americans (58%) agree that good, quality lighting promotes wellbeing at home3.
“Consumers are often unaware of the differences in LED lighting. There is so much choice and a great deal of variance in quality. Lighting used to be a solely functional purchase, but as we spend an increasing amount of time inside and at home, the quality of light has become even more important,” explains Rowena Lee, Business Group Leader, LED at Signify. “We developed EyeComfort parameters to guide and support consumers in their search for comfortable light for their home – light that is easy on their eyes.”
Signify’s scientists have developed a set of parameters that include flicker, strobe, glare and dimming effects that will allow consumers to make informed choices when it comes to LED lighting. The majority of Philips LED lights comply with these specific quality criteria. Currently, there is no common global lighting standard for lighting comfort, which makes this the first of its kind within the lighting industry.