The world of healthcare is changing rapidly and with that there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play is supporting health outcomes for patients and healthy work environments for staff. This presentation will review the latest information on the effects of light on human health, lighting for shift workers, tunable lighting, lights effects on the mitigation of various diseases and disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, and other information on lighting for healthcare settings. It will also include review of recommendations and lighting “patterns” designed to improve the lighted environment in various healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals, and facilities for older adults.

* The University will issue CEU credits for this talk

** Please Register as soon as possible to attend meetings so we can order food correctly

** Online Registration for this Meeting will cut off 2/21/17 (Tuesday) at 4PM

(Early Registration ends Friday, 2/17/17 at 4PM)



Wed, February 22, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Add to Calendar

Smokehouse Brewing Co
1130 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43215

View Map

Learn More


The session will be led by Kassandra Gonzales, a research specialist at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Ms. Gonzales holds a Master of Science degree in lighting and currently works in the light and health program at the LRC. She has developed designs for a number of healthcare settings including hospitals and residential facilities for older adults. She also conducts research into the effects of light on human health and wellbeing.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world’s leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988, the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for nearly 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC’s state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.