Committee Group: Lighting Science
Statement of Purpose

Summarize state of the art research on the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects of ocular light exposure; propose recommendations for the measurement, quantification and reporting of light in the context of these ‘non-visual’ responses to light; propose fundamental principles on the properties of light that should be considered in applications of light affecting circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral systems or more broadly, human physiology, behavior and health; review documents generated by the IES that are light and health related.

Committee Scope Parameters

  • Included subject matter: Summarizing and reporting current knowledge in retinal photoreceptors and physiology associated with vision and other neural responses as well as the impact of lighting characteristics (quantity, spectrum, timing, duration, light history) on the visual and circadian, neuroendocrine, and neurobehavioral systems.
  • Excluded subject matter: This committee does not cover safety requirements or risk group classifications for optical radiation from wavelengths from 200 nm through 3,000 nm, or hazards associated with some lamps/lamp systems relative to potential radiation hazards.
Chairman: George C. Brainard
Co-Chairman: Steven W. Lockley
Board Liaison:
Staff Liaison:
Documents maintained by this committee

TM-18-08 Light and Human Health: An Overview of the Impact of Optical Radiation on Visual, Circadian, Neuroendocrine, and Neurobehavioral Responses. 

Thank you for your interest in the IES Light & Health Committee. This committee is currently closed to new members. When it opens an announcement will be created in the IES E-newsletter.