Why Do We Need Light Here?

International Year of Light Blog

“Why do we need light here?” It’s a simple question, but – regrettably – one that’s seldom asked. When it is, the answers all reinforce the observation that “light is for people.”

In the home, for example, lighting is needed to help people prepare food, read, play games, and move about safely, among countless other activities. In offices, factories, and other places of work, lighting helps people perform their visual tasks faster and with fewer errors. In retail environments – from grocery stores to department stores – lighting helps highlight items on sale, enhance their appearance, and give more visual discrimination to consumers. And the list goes on.

Fact: Everywhere lighting has been installed, it’s there for a reason. Obvious? You’d think so…but it’s not as obvious as one might suppose.

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