Aging in Place

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Managing Mercury: A Progress Report

all fluorescent lamps require mercury to start and operate. Once the lamp is disposed of, however, that mercury can become a hazardous substance in the environment. This problem has resulted in more than a decade of federal and state regulation that can be confusing to owners, architects and lighting professionals alike. More

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barbara cianci horton, president horton lees brogden More

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In the Spotlight

Lighting Art in Residential and Museum Settings More

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sit on it, look in it: luminaires that multitask

there is a trend afoot, perhaps inspired by the increasingly close quarters in which today's urban population is forced to live. Lighting is joining with furniture to create a hybrid that works as a light source as much as it does as a shelf or seating-or for that matter, as object d'art. For residential environments low on square footage or for those with a minimalist aesthetic, these products are more than just novelties. More

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Fourth Annual LIGHTCongress

The fourth annual LIGHTCongress, which took place in New York City on March 7 and was sponsored by More

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Light and Dark: The New Drugs

Lighting is complex. designers worry about task visibility and visual comfort, color rendering and flicker, and how lighting products and lighting patterns support the mood, safety, function, and appearance of spaces. Now there is a new consideration: Researchers are learning that the natural cycles of light and dark are important for maintaining human health. It is important for us to be exposed to bright light during the day, and equally important to experience darkness at night. There is growing evidence that exposure to white or bluish light at night negatively affects daily biological rhythms, sleep quality and the immune system.1 This is likely to impact how we light interior and exterior spaces in the future. More

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