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Eco Friendly Lighting

Lighting is one of the most critical – and most visceral - qualities of an indoor space. The difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home. Exposure to natural light affects your vitamin D and immune system, as well as your circadian rhythms, sleep cycle and hormones. Studies have linked lack of sunlight to depression (S.A.D), immune problems, diabetes and cancer. According to researcher and director of SUNAC (Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center) William B. Grant, “over 20,000 Americans die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D, and half of those with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had had more UVB exposure.”

Energy Efficiency AND Good Health
Considering all of this, its frustrating that the building industry for the past 50 years has been primarily concerned with the energy element of artificial lighting, rather than human health concerns. Reflecting this industry bias, the LEED certification system doesn’t spend a lot of

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time on lighting. What is covered by LEED-H in regards to lighting can be summed up in this one sentence:

If you utilize energy efficient fixtures OR employ an Energy Star advanced lighting package, you can earn LEED points for your home.

However, we here at Evolve Integration consider lighting to be a hugely important element of sustainable building design. We consider “sustainable design” to include consideration of ergonomics, human health and comfort in addition to energy consumption. Because of this, we would like to expand on the LEED lighting criteria and explain how you can find the most sustainable, beautiful and healthy lighting options for your home.
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