The American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) recent report, “Human and Environmental Effects of Light-emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,” has ignited controversy in the lighting industry with its recommendations regarding blue light.
Design/construction professionals hope their project designs proceed without missteps or complications. Of course, that rarely happens. The lighting product specification and bidding process is complex, as it involves many interested parties, each with its own stake in which products are ultimately installed in the project.
Using guidelines developed by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), ACC Care Center, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have collaborated on a lighting retrofit and research project examining the effect of lighting on the melatonin levels of the care center’s residents.
Room finishes should be specified with regard to the level of cleanliness required in a space and the resources available for maintenance of finished surfaces. Standards for cleanliness are often lax, especially when it comes to ceilings.
Various regulations and guidelines for constructing and maintaining ceilings in facilities with hygienic requirements. A complement to one of the magazine’s feature articles, this short web piece looks at requirements and best practices for schools, laboratories, food preparation, healthcare, and other specialized spaces.