Friday, September 11, 2009

Impact of Light on Health and Welfare

We read three articles on the impact of light on health. To read individual student responses, please follow the links to the Fall 2009 blogs on the right column.

Edelstein, E. (2009). Influence of Architectural Lighting on Health. InformeDesign Newsletter, 7 (2), 1-5.

O’Connor, A. (2009). The Claim: Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Your Health. New York Times. March 9. Retrieved from

Weiss, R. (2008). Lights at Night Are Linked to Breast Cancer. Washington Post. February 20. Retrieved from

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Light Model poster at DATS 2009

This poster was displayed at the Design, Art, and Technlogy Symposium at High Point University that took place on March 5th & 6th. The poster includes light models by the students in the interior lighting design class from Spring 2008 and 2009. Keep up the good work!

Daylight Saving Time

This NYT article talks about the imapct of daylight saving time on health.

This Washington Post article provides a balanced view of daylight saving time, and an agument for double DST!

Friday, February 13, 2009

LEDs, lamp life, and energy

NYT has been running a series of articles on LEDS. Here are some pertinent to our discussions yesterday, during the field trip to Vanstory.

How Long Did You Say That Bulb Would Last?
This article takes a look at the claim by LED manufacturers that LED lamps last 25,000-50,000 hours. What does it mean and how does it compare to other lamps?

Do Energy-Saving LED Lamps Save Energy?
This article presents the following questions: If LEDs are more efficient to use because they consume less power, is the process of manufacturing LEDs also as energy efficient compared to other lamps?

LED’s Good Housekeeping Seal
This article talks about the certification "future" of LEDs.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Scientists Create a Black That Erases Virtually All Light

The article above discusses the invention of the blackest material till date that reflects only 0.045% of visible light! Compare it to the black surfaces that we saw in Jonathan and team's model!