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Lighting in the Home and Health: A Systematic Review

MRC Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020609
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 5 January 2021 / Accepted: 8 January 2021 / Published: 12 January 2021
Poor housing is an important determinant of poor health. One key aspect of housing quality is lighting. Light is important for visual performance and safety, and also plays a vital role in regulating human physiological functions. This review aims to synthesise existing evidence on the relationship between lighting in the home and health and recommends areas for future research. Three databases were searched for relevant literature using pre-defined inclusion criteria. Study quality was assessed using the Newcastle Ottawa Scale. Extracted data were qualitatively synthesised according to type of lighting (natural light, artificial light and light at night) and stratified by broad health domains (physical, mental and sleep health). Of the 4043 records retrieved, 28 studies met the inclusion criteria. There was considerable heterogeneity in light exposure metrics used and specific health outcome assessed by the studies. Lighting in the home can negatively affect health but the current evidence base is limited to a small number of studies in different domains of light and health. Further research surrounding specific health outcomes is required to better inform housing quality assessments and lighting practises in the home. View Full-Text
Keywords: light; illumination; housing; residential; home; health light; illumination; housing; residential; home; health
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Osibona, O.; Solomon, B.D.; Fecht, D. Lighting in the Home and Health: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020609

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Osibona O, Solomon BD, Fecht D. Lighting in the Home and Health: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020609

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Osibona, Oluwapelumi; Solomon, Bethlehem D.; Fecht, Daniela. 2021. "Lighting in the Home and Health: A Systematic Review" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020609

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