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Has the AMA Exposed the Health Impact of LED Lights?

January 18, 2017
531 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, Ontario

Wednesday January 18th, 2017 7:30pm

Fee: $15/pp includes refreshments


The American Medical Association (AMA) issued new guidance for publics on how to lessen the harmful human biological, and environmental effects of LED lighting during its annual meeting held on June 14, 2016. AMA issued a news release, “Despite the energy efficiency benefits of LED Lights; some LED lights are harmful when used as street lighting,” the statement read. AMA also cited “recent extensive surveys” that found brighter night time lighting reduce sleep quality and time, impaired daytime functioning, obesity, and cancer.

LED is now widely used in high-speed networking, communication, data storage, light treatment, water purification as well as smart phones, television screens, computer display, traffic signals, indoor and outdoor lighting application, and more. LED lighting also gives many benefits, including energy savings, increased reliability and lifetime, decreased maintenance costs and improved light quality.

The presentation will focus on overall light and health issue including LED Lighting. Lighting design is a much more complicated scientific and engineering process as well as a significant investment. A designer needs to have the required professional qualification and a sound engineering and lighting science knowledge including health and safety aspect of lighting design.

UthayanUthayan Thurairajah is a Senior Electrical Engineer and Associate at WSP|MMM Group with over twenty years of experience in Electrical Engineering and Lighting field, and he also holds a Lecturer position in the Department of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. Uthayan is a member of several Canadian and international professional association including Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Ontario College of Trade (OCOT), Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). He has worked on multi-disciplinary lighting and electrical projects for the Ministry of Transportation, various Towns, Municipalities, Regions and others. Ha carries out research on the subject of light and taken part in several projects. He also has extensive research experience in the value of lighting design in the mental, emotional, and social well-being of a person. He is a frequent presenter and author on lighting design & health. He is passionate about integrating science and health into the lighting design.

The price of the event is $15 per person and it will be held at Yummy Grill Restaurant in their private event room. Friends and family are also welcome. Networking encouraged!

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Rick Vender, P.Eng.,
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