Light in the Built Environment

Lighting represents almost 20% of global electricity consumption (International Energy Agency). The future development of society in both developed countries and emerging economies around the world are intimately tied up with the ability to effectively light our cities, homes, schools and recreation areas. This page contains links and resources to let you learn about the innovative lighting solutions that will guide the future of the world.

Lighting provides safety and security, provides access to education, enhances architecture, and improves quality of life. We take it for granted and often notice it only by its absence. As cities worldwide develop, however, it becomes essential to employ new and innovative lighting design techniques and technologies that improve energy efficiency cost and control, and can be adapted easily to local needs. Use the resources below to explore the power of light and it’s role in the built environment.

Philips - Learn more about how lighting innovation is improving the quality of people’s lives and the environment.
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International Association of Lighting Designers - Lighting designers are a resource for innovative, practical and economically viable lighting solutions. Learn more about lighting design and careers in lighting
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Global off-Grid Lighting Association -  Over one-quarter of the world’s population lives without access to electricity. Off-grid lighting addresses this challenge by providing light to those in need. For more information on how GOGLA is helping rural communities, see Study after Sunset.
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The International Commission on Illumination - also known as the CIE from its French title, the Commission Internationale de l´Eclairage - is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology.
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UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions, from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in energy efficiency and performance testing. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.
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