Human-Centric Lighting Research and Policy in the Melanopsin Age

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Spitschan, Manuel and Joyce, Daniel S.. 2023. "Human-Centric Lighting Research and Policy in the Melanopsin Age ." Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 10 (2), pp. 237-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/23727322231196896
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Human-Centric Lighting Research and Policy in the Melanopsin Age

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AuthorsSpitschan, Manuel and Joyce, Daniel S.
Journal TitlePolicy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Journal Citation10 (2), pp. 237-246
Number of Pages10
Year2023
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN2372-7322
2372-7330
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/23727322231196896
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/23727322231196896
Abstract

Beyond visual function, specialized light-sensitive retinal circuits involving the photopigment melanopsin drive critical aspects of human physiology and behavior, including sleep–wake rhythms, hormone production, mood, and cognition. Fundamental discoveries of visual neurobiology dating back to the 1990s have given rise to strong interest from the lighting industry in optimizing lighting to benefit health. Consequently, evidence-based recommendations, regulations, and policies need to translate current knowledge of neurobiology into practice. Here, reviewing recent advances in understanding of NIF circuits in humans leads to proposed strategies to optimize electric lighting. Highlighted knowledge gaps must be addressed urgently, as well as the challenge of developing personalized, adaptive NIF lighting interventions accounting for complex individual differences in physiology, behavior, and environment. Finally, lighting equity issues appear in the context of marginalized groups, who have traditionally been underserved in research on both fundamental visual processes and applied lighting. Biologically optimal light is a fundamental environmental right.

Keywordslight; melanopsin; ipRGCs; non–image-forming effects of light; light equity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020321204. Vision science
500304. Environmental philosophy
339999. Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsTechnical University of Munich, Germany
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Centre for Health Research
University of Nevada, United States
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