Light and Circadian Environments

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Recorded: February 25, 2021

Description: Creating circadian-supportive environments, where each person’s 24-hour needs differ, can be a challenge under the best of circumstances, yet never more relevant than in today’s uncertain times. Can circadian-effective lighting help promote health and wellbeing where we live and where we work?

Architects and lighting designers, whether in pursuit of knowledge as standard practice or seeking to achieve WELL points for their clients, often ask for guidance in understanding the issues regarding circadian light. What are important factors to consider and what tools are available?

This presentation addresses basic circadian lighting principles and the consequences of circadian disruption, as well as current circadian metrics and lighting technologies at our disposal to facilitate the design of lighting that supports 24-hour schedules and spaces.

Speaker: Patricia Rizzo
Patricia RizzoAs Healthcare Segment Manager at Axis Lighting, Patricia integrates the latest global research and design principles into education, technology advancement and product design. Educator, researcher, lighting designer, product designer and program manager are but a few roles she has enjoyed throughout her 20+ year career. Her diverse background provides rich material and perspectives to draw from when speaking about light for health and wellbeing. Prior to her position at Axis Lighting she spent over four years as Senior Lighting Applications Developer at Philips Research NA, and fifteen years at the Lighting Research Center, as Lead Researcher, Design Program Manager, and Adjunct Associate Professor. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and Master of Science in Lighting degree from the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.