Lighting consumes 20% of all electric energy in the United States. Saving energy is vital, but the positive effects of good lighting on quality of lie are equally important. While light is a commodity, we take for granted to be able to see, lighting is a tool used to create needed visual environments for people to live, work, play, learn, shop, communicate and do business. Light is an especially essential element in the most personal of spaces- our homes.
To help optimize American productivity and comfort in the twenty-first century, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the American Lighting Association (ALA) urge governments to adopt energy policies that recognize the importance of proper application of lighting and its impact on human well being and commerce. Energy efficiency and lighting quality should go hand in hand in shaping effective energy policy.
The proper application of lighting improves satisfaction and performance, draws attention, influences social interaction, fosters mood and atmosphere, beautifies space and architecture, facilitates communication, promotes safety and security, and increases visual comfort.
Poor lighting can have opposite effects among them headaches, gloom, glare, distraction, and lower productivity.
We acknowledge the importance and value of energy-efficient lighting and believe it should be achieved in a manner that does not compromise the lightning’s primary intent- to serve human needs in a world which most information is gathered through the eye.