Full-spectrum fluorescent lighting: a review of its effects on physiology and health

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/S003329170105425
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TypeArticle
Journal titlePsychological Medicine
Volume31
IssueAugust 6
Pages949964; # of pages: 16
Subjectlighting, health, mood; Lighting and health; Fluorescent lighting
AbstractBackground. Full-spectrum fluorescent lighting (FSFL) has been credited with causing dramatic beneficial effects on a wide variety of behaviours, mental health outcomes, and physical health effects, as compared to other fluorescent lamp types. These effects are hypothesized to occur because of similarity between FSFL emissions and daylight, which is said to have evolutionary superiority over other light sources.Method. This review, covering the period 1941-1999, critically considers the evidence for direct effects of FSFL through skin absorption as well as indirect effects on hormonal and neural processes.Conclusions . Overall, the evidence does not show dramatic effects of fluorescent lamp type on behaviour or health, nor does it support the evolutionary hypothesis.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number43097
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NPARC number20331296
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